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Questions Of Law And Questions Of Fact In Florida Criminal Cases

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Yes and no questions are not always as simple as they sound.  Sometimes, in order to arrive at the correct answer, you must consider all the information that is relevant to your decision and ignore all irrelevant information, and sometimes figuring out which information is relevant is more difficult than it sounds.  Think about… Read More »

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Bryant Scriven Quoted in Tampa Bay Times Article “Pinellas Deputies Will Seize Cars Seized in a Flee”

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Brandon Kingdollar, Tampa Bay Times Staff, 6.10.24 Pinellas deputies will seize cars used to flee police, sheriff says. The first-of-its-kind policy, which takes effect Tuesday, aims to cut down on high-speed police chases. Drive off from a deputy in Pinellas County? Starting Tuesday, you’ll lose your car. The new policy aims to reduce dangerous… Read More »

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How Does A Criminal Case Affect Your Professional Life?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

When you get arrested on suspicion of a crime, you are wise to follow the instinct that tells you to exercise your right to remain silent and then calmly and privately discuss the situation with a criminal defense lawyer when you get the opportunity to do so.  Meanwhile, until you get the chance to… Read More »

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What Is So Great About A Bench Trial?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Police must notify you of some of your rights as a defendant when they arrest you, but it is only after you meet with a criminal defense lawyer and decide to plead not guilty that you get into the nuts and bolts of what the right to a fair trial means.  You and your… Read More »

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Is Internet Real Estate Crime Conspiracy The New Organized Retail Theft?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

In the old days, the courts recognized nonviolent petty crimes as acts of financial desperation and not of malevolence.  Even in the nineteenth century, when Les Miserables was written, everyone understood that no one steals a loaf of bread in order to get rich; they do it because they are hungry and cannot afford… Read More »

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This Year In Florida Cannabis Legislation

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

You wouldn’t know it from the smell of weed wafting from every living room and every pool deck in Tampa, but cannabis is still mostly illegal in Florida.  So much has changed with cannabis laws that it is understandable that you can hardly keep track of all the latest developments, even if you have… Read More »

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The Reid Technique Is As Scary As It Sounds, But You Have The Right Not To Get Drawn Into It

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Perhaps you know someone who has a way of taking everything you say and do and interpreting it in a way that reflects negatively on you.  Maybe you have a jealous ex who would accuse you of cheating whenever you came home late, but when you came home early, she said it was because… Read More »

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“Altered Molly,” A New Synthetic Cathinone, Takes Over Florida

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Today, it is possible to benefit from the research of scientists from all around the world, simply by searching the Internet.  You can find thousands upon thousands of published studies with a simple Google search, some of them on websites that do not even require a subscription, and if you read them carefully enough,… Read More »

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How Brady Disclosures Can Help You Get Acquitted

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Somewhere, an aspiring screenwriter has stayed up late reading Kafka and has an idea for a screenplay.  The entire movie takes place in an interrogation room.  In a variation of the Reid technique, the investigator outlines several scenarios by which the defendant might have committed the crime and asks the defendant to choose which… Read More »

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Probable Cause And Florida Criminal Cases

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

What all defendants have in common at the beginning of their criminal cases is that they may have committed a crime.  If it were obvious to everyone that you were innocent, and no one ever suspected you of anything, you would not be in criminal court.  After meeting with your lawyer, you might decide… Read More »

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