Category Archives: Criminal
Will The District Attorney Decline To Prosecute Your Case?
In some cases, an arrest at a traffic stop changes your life forever. You could be detained until your plea hearing, unable to produce the thousands of dollars in bail money that the state is requesting in exchange for your freedom. Then you plead guilty, because it means that you will spend only a… Read More »
Florida Courts Can Suspend Your Driver’s License At The Drop Of A Hat
The weather and scenery in Florida are so beautiful that few things can spoil your good mood. Trying to get through a day in Florida without your car is a major annoyance, though. Think about the last time you had to go without a car for a few days, either because it was in… Read More »
Man Charged With Making Written Threats After Harassing University Employees By Email
If the worst part of your workday is email, you have a pretty cushy job. Being a university faculty member is one of the most fun jobs imaginable; if you doubt this, think of how many of your professors continued teaching beyond their 70th birthdays even though you know they can afford to retire… Read More »
Criminal Defense Lawyers Care More About Your Case Than You Realize
Members of many professions can cite a least favorite comment that they hear too often during cocktail party small talk. Doctors don’t like being asked to look at a stranger’s possibly worrisome rash or mole in the middle of a cocktail party. Translators and foreign language teachers are tired of hearing, “I can barely… Read More »
Can You Get Your Criminal Charges Dropped?
What is better than getting acquitted at trial? Getting the prosecution to drop the charges against you before your case even gets to trial is even better. When the state drops your charges, it means that they are already sure that you are innocent, or at least sure that there is reasonable doubt about… Read More »
Criminal Defense Lawyers Help Teens Avoid Adult Sentences In Criminal Court
Juvenile courts do not convict young defendants; they only adjudicate them delinquent. Likewise, they do not order teens to stay in jail or prison for a certain period, only juvenile detention. Anyone with direct experience with the juvenile justice system can tell you that the differences are only a matter of terminology. Kids who… Read More »
Are Plea Deals Just Another Injustice?
Everyone likes a deal. How many times have you gone to a dollar store and bought bags full of stuff you didn’t need just because it was for sale at a lower price than you might find elsewhere? The purveyors of deals are counting on you not to think much about what you are… Read More »
Getting A Criminal Record Expunged In Florida
Bending the rules might seem like the usual way of doing things in Florida. People obey and disobey traffic laws on a whim, and the lines between the definitions of a pet, a zoo animal, or a wild beast or reptile that might show up in your backyard at any time are notoriously blurry. … Read More »
It’s Easier Than You Think For Florida To Send Defendants To Prison For Life Without Parole
As scary as it is when a judge pronounces your sentence at a sentencing hearing, especially when that sentence involves prison time, the sentence is not set in stone. Defendants convicted in criminal court have the right to appeal their sentences and their convictions. During your sentence, you have the right to move your… Read More »
Is Mental Illness A Valid Defense In Criminal Cases?
It seems like everyone is talking about mental illness these days, but no one is listening. Approximately a quarter of Americans have been diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lives. Medical privacy laws prevent people from having to disclose their health history, including diagnoses and treatment related to psychiatric illness,… Read More »