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Police Officer Acquitted Of Molesting Teens After Victims Refuse To Testify

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Many cases of sexual assault do not result in criminal cases because the victims refuse to press charges, fearing that, if they did, they would have to testify in court and face their accusers in the courtroom.  The outcome of many sex crime cases that go to trial (remember that most cases do not… Read More »

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Facing Drug Charges In The Age Of Operation Phantom Chase

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

For decades, lawmakers acted as though being as “tough on crime” as possible was the best way to win the “war on drugs” and prevent overdose deaths.  In recent years, as the discipline of addiction medicine has evolved and as the reasons and means of obtaining drugs have changed, laws have also changed, too. … Read More »

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What You Do While Out On Bond Makes All The Difference

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Except in the case of the most heinous crimes or in situations prosecutors have sufficient evidence that you will flee or try to intimidate witnesses, there is a good chance that you will have an opportunity to post bail.  Your criminal defense lawyer can help argue for a reasonable bond amount.  While out on… Read More »

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Lake County Grandma Gets Four-Year Prison Sentence For Aggravated Identity Theft

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Identity theft is not just for hackers who never emerge from the basements of their mansions.  For most people, the motivation behind financial crimes is desperation; many of us have been tempted to steal or defraud someone simply because we needed money.  In 2019, Stacey Hendricks was in a tough situation.  She was the… Read More »

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Can Your Social Media Posts Influence The Outcome Of Your Criminal Case?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Everything on the Internet is fake.  Even when the audience acknowledges that they should take what they see, hear, and read online with a grain of salt, anything you say on social media can and will be used against you.  Whether all the dirt that prosecutors find about you on your social media accounts… Read More »

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Organized Crime And Racketeering In Tampa

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Tampa has a storied past when it comes to organized crime. Despite tough racketeering laws passed during the 1970s, these same types of activities continue today. Our Tampa federal crimes lawyer explains more about Tampa’s organized crime history, common types of organized charges, and the serious penalties you could face under federal RICO laws…. Read More »

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Recording Police Interactions In Tampa

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Any type of interaction with law enforcement has the potential to be tense. Over the past several years, we have all seen headlines regarding allegations of police abuse and harassment. Recording these interactions may be the best way to protect yourself and others involved. Tampa criminal defense lawyer Bryant Scriven explains what you need… Read More »

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Charged With Disturbing The Peace In Florida?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

In a bizarre turn of events, a Florida man was shot by a police officer after breaking a beer bottle over his own head. The officer mistakenly thought he heard gunshots. The man was already under police investigation for armed robbery when this occurred. Now the defendant faces additional charges. Police shot at the… Read More »

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Criminal Charges Are Just One Type Of Legal Problems That Domestic Violence Can Bring

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

People say that the ones you love the most are the ones you hurt.  A disproportionate number of calls to police are about physical fights and other heated confrontations between romantic partners or family members.  Sometimes these disputes lead to arrests and criminal convictions for domestic violence.  Equally often, though, the parties, having a… Read More »

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Brandon, Florida Woman Arrested For Giving Car Keys To Drunk Friend Who Got Into DUI

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

In what is considered the first case of its kind in Polk County, Florida, a Brandon, Florida resident is now in police custody for providing car keys to an inebriated friend who then got into a DUI. English has been charged with culpable negligent manslaughter. She gave the car keys to her friend, the… Read More »

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