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January 2016 Archives

Confused by your assault charge? We can empower your defense

Criminal charges for assault can be filed even in the absence of any physical contact between two people. This is an aspect of Florida state law that leaves some defendants feeling confused or disconcerted. Assault, aggravated assault and even assault with a deadly weapon are sometimes determined not by a person's action but by his or her words or perceived intent. These charges are quite serious, and we understand the need for a personal and customized defense plan.

Jabar Gaffney facing drug charges following traffic stop

Florida police say that a traffic stop led to an arrest and serious criminal allegations for Jabar Gaffney, the former professional wide receiver. He posted a $7,000 bond for the slew of drug charges filed against him shortly after being taken into custody. Among the allegations includes a felony charge for transporting illegal paraphernalia.

Florida man facing felonies for puppy's theft

A Florida man is behind bars after sparking statewide concern over the fate of a vulnerable puppy. Police have charged him with felonies for the young pup's theft, although it is not entirely clear if he will face any other allegations related to the incident. Currently, his only criminal charge appears to be a single count of grand theft.

SCOTUS: Florida's death sentencing system is unconstitutional

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a historic decision yesterday in Hurst v. Florida, a case that has already created major shockwaves in our state's criminal justice system, calling into question the fate of nearly 390 men and women currently sitting on death row.

Committed to helping those individuals facing the might of the DOJ

As we've discussed on our blog, the Department of Justice has adopted what could be termed as a more reasonable approach toward drug crimes over the last year, deciding to essentially change course regarding non-violent, low-level drug offenders.

Report: Florida's pill mill crackdown reduced heroin-related deaths

Five years ago, Florida lawmakers took decisive action to help curb the altogether staggering number of fatalities attributable to prescription drug abuse. Specifically, they passed legislation targeting the ability of so-called "pill mills" to dispense highly addictive pain medications like oxycodone onsite.

Drug trafficking requires an experienced legal advocate

Drug trafficking isn't the same crime as possession of a controlled substance. The penalties are much more severe for a drug trafficking charge. In order for the prosecution to prove such a charge, they must show beyond a reasonable doubt that you willfully and knowingly were in possession of the drug and that there was intent on your behalf to distribute the drug to others. However, this doesn't mean that there has to be evidence that you were trying to sell the drug -- only that you had the intent to do so. In most cases, simply having a large quantity of the drug in your possession is enough to show intent.

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