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What Offenses can Land You on the Sex Offender Registry in Florida?

By OA Law Firm |

The Sex Offender Registry has numerous and burdensome requirements for those tasked with complying. Under, the Sex Offender Registry and Notification Act (SORNA), an individual who is required to register as a sex offender must register at least once a year; report any change of address within as little as three days; produce vehicle… Read More »

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What to Expect From Tampa, Florida’s Juvenile Court Process

By OA Law Firm |

This is the next post in my series on the handling of juvenile cases in Tampa and elsewhere in the state of Florida. My last article discussed the difference between adult and juvenile charges. The fact that the juvenile system is considered “civil” in nature tends to be a distinction without a difference. A… Read More »

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Why Does Florida Prosecute Minors as Adults?

By OA Law Firm |

The state of Florida sends more juveniles through the adult court system than does any other state in the country. In 2018 alone, the number of children directly filed into the adult court system reached 900. In fact, an 8-year-old child was prosecuted as an adult in Florida. In severe circumstances, all states do… Read More »

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Why Tampa, Florida Prosecutors Take Prescription Drug Charges Seriously

By OA Law Firm |

This is the next post in my series on the handling of prescription drug charges in Tampa, Florida. My last article discussed how search and seizure issues impact prescription drug charges. It is important to understand that it may be possible to gain a dismissal if it can be shown that law enforcement found… Read More »

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Wrongfully Accused Teenager Sues Over Murder Arrest

By OA Law Firm |

A lawsuit filed by a teenager wrongly charged with murder in 2014 is the latest turn in a case that saw a young man ultimately exonerated for a crime he did not commit. Deandre Charles, now 18, was hastily charged with the murder of Rabbi Joseph Raksin but ultimately exonerated. His lawsuit claims that… Read More »

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Tampa Defendants Will Face Stiff Penalties for a Domestic Violence Conviction

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This is the next post in my series on the handling of domestic violence charges in Tampa, Florida. My last article discussed what to expect at trial in a domestic violence case. It is important to understand that trial is a complicated process, that the rules of evidence will be enforced, and that you… Read More »

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Tampa Residents Must Understand Florida’s Penalties for Prescription Drug Offenses

By OA Law Firm |

This is the next article in my series on the handling of prescription drug charges in Tampa, Florida. My last article discussed why prosecutors take prescription drug charges seriously. It is important to understand that such cases are aggressively pursued and that you need to retain a criminal defense attorney in order to protect… Read More »

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The Differences Between Adult and Juvenile Charges in Tampa, Florida

By OA Law Firm |

This is the next post in my series on the handling of juvenile criminal cases in Tampa and elsewhere in Florida. My last article provided an overview of topics which this series will be addressing. It also stressed the need to speak with an attorney as soon as possible if your son or daughter… Read More »

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The Process After an Arrest for Domestic Violence in Tampa, Florida

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This is the third post in my series on dealing with domestic violence charges in Tampa, Florida. My last article discussed defending against false accusations. I also provided information on the reasons behind these false claims and what one can do to combat them. In this article I will discuss the process one will… Read More »

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Understanding Burglary Laws in Florida

By OA Law Firm |

People often confuse the terms ‘robbery’ and ‘burglary’ in Florida. Perhaps that is because when someone enters a home unlawfully with the intent to steal something, that person is often referred to as a burglar. However, this is not necessarily true. In Florida, burglary is defined as the act of entering another person’s home… Read More »

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