When placed on probation, you may also be ordered to pay court-ordered restitution, as well as court costs and associated fees. This is typically part of the conditions of your probation. Therefore, when you do not pay the court-ordered restitution, you could be in violation of the contract you have with the District Attorney’s Office. This can occur even when you make partial payments or fail...Read More
Fingerprints are a vital investigative tool, as the technology used to match suspects with fingerprints found at a crime scene can help investigators better understand what happened – and, potentially, who was involved. Despite the clear benefits of finding a suspect’s fingerprints at the scene of a crime, fingerprints themselves have come under scrutiny.
In the past, prosecutors found few...Read More
Probation and parole are both related to the conviction of a crime, but these are two very distinct, separate punishments in the Florida criminal justice system. Probation is a form of punishment that does not always require incarceration, but it is used by the state for a specified period of time. Parole, on the other hand, allows incarcerated individuals to be prematurely released with a set...Read More
The Colorado shooter, James Holmes, was recently sentenced to more than 3,000 years in prison as well as 12 life sentences. Most Americans were shocked at the amount of years added to his sentence while others felt it was too little. While it does sound like a large number of years for an individual to serve – especially because in reality they will not live long enough to serve those...Read More
Attorneys must adhere to a standard of legal ethics when representing their clients – and they must represent their clients to the best of their abilities. But, if you are guilty of the crime you are being accused of, do you admit such guilt to your criminal defense attorney? Will they still represent you as vigorously if they know you are guilty?
The criminal justice system has a strict...Read More
The state of Florida considers a crime “theft” when a person unlawfully takes or uses someone’s property with a criminal intent. That means that you must have knowingly obtained or used or endeavored to obtain or use someone else’s property with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive them of their right to that property (Florida Statute Section 812.014).
Petit theft, especially as a...Read More