The majority of first-time offenders in the state of Florida commit misdemeanors. Unfortunately, most first-time offenses are due to poor decision making, but can still sometimes result in felony charges.
It is important that a first-time offender seek representation from a skilled criminal defense attorney, regardless of how minor the offense. While it is true that the penalty for a first...Read More
The primary purpose of criminal punishment is to deter a prospective criminal from committing a crime in the first place. If a crime is committed, punishments are designed to deter that criminal from committing another crime in the future. While criminal penalties may be harsh, not all convicted criminals are sent to jail or prison. Sometimes a criminal may be allowed to go about their daily...Read More
Under the Sixth Amendment, an accused individual has the right to a jury trial if they are accused of a serious offense. However, some criminal defendants may wonder if they can waive that right and opt for a bench trial instead – a trial overseen and determined by a judge.
A jury typically consists of six to 12 individuals that have limited to no legal background. Instead, they receive their...Read More
The “Stand Your Ground” law has unleashed a swirl of debate since the 2012 controversial, high profile death of Trayvon Martin. It is a complicated subject that incorporates our right to self-defense into Florida’s legal landscape. Since its inception in 2005, the law has been commonly invoked in cases ranging from home invasions to domestic abuse. Understanding the “Stand your Ground” law is...Read More
Heroin is arguably one of the most addictive drugs available today. Its use has reached epidemic proportions in Florida over the past three years. While statistically in decline for the first half of the 2000’s, heroin’s comeback has been linked to Florida’s crackdown on “pill mills,” the illegal supplying of prescription drugs. In response to increased demand, trafficking from Mexico has also...Read More
Possession of any type of firearm is a controversial topic in this country today. Florida legislation has leaned heavily toward defending each citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Upon researching the law, you will find there are no requirements to register your firearm. However, in certain situations it is mandatory to carry a license. With a strong stance on the ability to protect yourself...Read More