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Affirmative Defenses To Domestic Violence Charges

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

Domestic violence is not one specific crime in Florida; rather, several different criminal offenses can be judged as ‘crimes of domestic violence’ on a case-by-case basis. That said, regardless of what crime you were charged with, you have the right to your day in court, and your attorney can use what are called affirmative… Read More »

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Is The Victim’s Cooperation Required In Florida Domestic Violence Cases?

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

Domestic violence is a crime that affects not only the alleged perpetrator and the victim, but others around them and even the state as a whole. Florida takes these cases very seriously, but prosecutors also try to protect victims and ensure that they get the justice they deserve. That said, it is important for… Read More »

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Asset Forfeiture In Florida Drug Cases

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

Both federal law and Florida state law permit a practice known as civil asset forfeiture (in some other jurisdictions, criminal asset forfeiture is legal, but not in Florida). However, civil asset forfeiture has come under fire in recent years, as countless police departments have been caught in scandal surrounding unfairly appropriated assets like cash… Read More »

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Have Questions About Domestic Violence Injunctions?

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

If you are arrested and charged with domestic violence after your alleged victim calls police, you will not only face the criminal consequences; you may face other problems that can alter your life routines even without a conviction. One of the most immediate is the changes you will have to make if your alleged… Read More »

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Is Vaping Illegal In Florida?

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

In recent years, vaping has become a more common way of using tobacco or marijuana. However, the proverbial jury is still out on its legality in many different states and countries. In Florida, the physical practice of vaping is legal, though locations where it can be done are limited (the state banned vaping in… Read More »

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What Are Mandatory Minimum Sentences?

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

In late October 2021, Florida Rep. Anna V. Eskamani refiled legislation designed to eliminate mandatory minimum (MM) sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. Eskamani has tried several times to mount similar legislation, citing multiple studies that show mandatory minimum sentences are not nearly the deterrent that lawmakers had originally believed them to be. While it… Read More »

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What Is Not Domestic Violence?

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

The Me Too movement and the increase in domestic violence cases during the COVID-19 pandemic have led to many more alleged abusers winding up behind bars. However, not every altercation between two people should be considered domestic violence, and too often, the term is used erroneously. If you are facing charges for domestic violence,… Read More »

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My Child Has Been Charged With A Drug Crime!

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

Florida’s drug laws are harsh, given the state’s past history, and adult defendants are often given strict sentences, some being mandatory minimums that may put them in prison for decades. However, when a person under the age of 18 is charged with a drug crime, there are many different options as to how such… Read More »

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