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Am I Eligible for Expungement?

By Perlet & Shiner, P.A. |

When you are trying to turn your life around and build a solid foundation for your future, the last thing you want is your criminal record trailing behind you. Having a criminal record can significantly hurt your chances of finding a good job, which can then affect your income. It can even affect your… Read More »

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Consequences of a Homicide Conviction in Florida

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Violent crimes are punished very severely under Florida law, especially more serious crimes of violence, like murder. Homicide can actually be broken down into three different crimes and can be charged either as 1st-degree murder, 2nd-degree murder, or manslaughter. While some may result in more serious penalties, any homicide conviction can be life-altering. Understanding… Read More »

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Your Rights During a Field Sobriety Test

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Being pulled over by a law enforcement officer on suspicion of driving while intoxicated can be frightening, stressful, and intimidating, even if you are completely sober and have done nothing wrong. One of the first things the officer might do is ask you to perform various field sobriety tests, which you might feel obligated… Read More »

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Illegal Search & Seizure: Know Your Rights

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Law enforcement officers have an intimidating presence and, if you are unaware of your rights, you might inadvertently consent to allow them to conduct a search or seizure that violates your privacy. Therefore, it is crucial to be aware of what they can and cannot do to ensure your rights are not trampled upon…. Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Sex Offender Registration

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Each state has its own sex offender registry—a database of information about convicted sex offenders made available to the public at large. Under Florida law, which has some of the strictest registration laws in the nation, sexual predators and sexual offenders are mandated to register as sex offenders. This includes those convicted of: Kidnapping… Read More »

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Why Possession of Obscene Materials Can Be Charged as a Sex Crime

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You may be wondering, what exactly are obscene materials? In Florida, obscene material is defined as material that, to the average person, would depict strong sexual interest or sexual conduct in an unpleasant and offensive way that lacks any serious value. Many times, obscene matter depicts minors engaged in sexual conduct—also known as child… Read More »

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Peer-to-Peer Sharing & Child Pornography

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One unforeseen consequence of the rise of the internet has been the rapid increase in child pornography distribution. Those who participate in the exploitation of children can sell, trade and share material through any number of mediums, including email, instant messaging and peer-to-peer networks. If you’re unfamiliar with peer-to-peer, also known as P2P, you’re… Read More »

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How Do I Build a Legal Defense Against Statutory Rape Charges?

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Statutory rape is defined as sexual intercourse or relations involving a person who is below the age of consent. The age of consent varies from state to state. Some states set the age of consent at 16 years old, while others set it at 17 or 18 years old. When a person is charged… Read More »

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