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Failure To Report Child Abuse Or Neglect

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

If you get arrested on suspicion of a crime, it is easy to be indignant and to insist that you did not do anything.  In some cases, that is exactly the problem.  Several laws in Florida criminalize something that people don’t do instead of something that they do.  For example, you can get criminal… Read More »

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Can You Restore Your Voting Rights After A Felony Conviction In Florida?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

When a judge hands down your sentence, you might begin counting the days until you can do all the things you used to enjoy, and which you used to take for granted.  If your sentence involves prison, you look forward to your release, when you can sit at your family’s dinner table again.  If… Read More »

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Florida Criminal Mischief Laws

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

The word “mischief” sometimes carries the connotation of harmless fun, such as the exchange of joke gifts or piling up pennies from floor to ceiling outside the dorm room of the student who usually sleeps in late enough for his neighbors to be able to pull off such a stunt.  In the context of… Read More »

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Sarasota Man Sentenced For $500K COVID-19 Benefit Fraud, USAO Says

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – A Sarasota man was sentenced to time in federal prison after the U.S. Attorney’s Office said he “engaged in a scheme to defraud several federal and state programs by obtaining COVID-19 related benefits.” Randy Xavier Jones, 34, will spend five years and one month in federal prison for wire fraud… 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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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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Another COVID-19 Related Conviction For A Tampa Resident

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

A St. Petersburg man was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison for COVID-19 relief fraud, from which he collected over $800,000. Not only is he facing time in prison without the eligibility of parole, but the convicted defendant must also pay back what he collected in restitution to the federal government. The defendant… Read More »

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Juvenile Crime – No Minor Matter In Tampa

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

No matter how adult your teenager may try to act, their brains are still developing. This combined with a general lack of life experience and maturity can lead them to make some poor decisions. Hanging with the wrong crowd, acting on dares, or otherwise getting caught up in illegal activity can have serious consequences…. Read More »

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Understanding Federal Cyberstalking Laws

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Federal prosecutors charged a Hillsborough County man with cyberstalking recently after a criminal investigation into his online behavior over the past year and a half. The defendant is accused of sending threatening messages to three victims via Instagram, including threats against the victims’ lives. If convicted, the defendant could face up to five years… Read More »

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Can An Accomplice To Armed Robbery Face Prison Time In Florida?

By Scriven Law, P.A. |

Florida law enforcement authorities just arrested a serial bank robber known as the I-4 bandit in Clearwater, Florida. The defendant has multiple felonies on his record and a history of robbery, and is also linked to a prior bank robbery earlier in November of 2021. The defendant fled the scene and authorities were able… Read More »

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