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Counterfeit January 15, 2021

Woman Shoots Man Over Counterfeit Cash In Drug Deal

A Boynton Beach woman met a man in a Publix parking lot to conduct a drug deal, and wound up shooting him several times after she determined that the cash he gave her in return was fake. The victim was taken to Delray Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, while the aggressor was booked on… Read More »

CrimLaw6 January 14, 2021

The Williams Rule In Florida Domestic Violence Cases

If you are charged with a crime, and your case goes to trial, certain things are normally understood as features of U.S. criminal procedure, such as the fact that prosecutors normally are not permitted to offer evidence of the defendant’s character unless the defendant does it first. In many cases, character evidence is not… Read More »

Marijuana4 January 8, 2021

Recreational Marijuana Is Still Illegal In Florida

The 2020 election saw five more U.S. states legalize marijuana in some form, with New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana approving recreational use (only for those over age 21 in New Jersey), and South Dakota and Mississippi legalizing the drug for medical use. As of this writing, this means that 15 states and… Read More »

DistraughtMan2 January 7, 2021

Perceptions Of Gender In Domestic Violence Cases

In early November 2020, a Manatee County woman was arrested and charged with killing her husband, though she alleged that she did so in self-defense. As of this writing, law enforcement has found no evidence of self-defense, though the ultimate outcome of her case remains to be seen. Historically, when one thinks of domestic… Read More »

Crime2 December 29, 2020

Do Mandatory Minimums Actually Prevent Drug Crime?

In early 2020, the Florida legislature took up a bill aimed at reducing mandatory minimum sentences in place for certain drug-related crimes. Historically, this has been a hot-button issue, but over time, measures like this have found more and more support among voters – even the Florida Prosecutors’ Association supported the 2020 measure. However,… Read More »

Advocate December 28, 2020

Criminal And Civil Consequences Of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a criminal offense in Florida, carrying a sentence of varying severity depending on the underlying crime. However, what many people who are criminally charged with domestic violence are not aware of until too late is that they may also be civilly sued over the same incident. While civil suits cannot put… Read More »

Drugs3 December 23, 2020

“Pill Mill” History Leads To Harsh Prescription Drug Abuse Laws

There are people in the United States that have legitimate reasons to take opiate painkillers, prescribed by their doctor – for example, chronic pain patients or those with terminal illnesses. However, for many years, there has been a growing epidemic in the country of people obtaining prescription painkillers under false pretenses, and those who… Read More »

CrimDefLawyer December 22, 2020

Domestic Violence As Your First Offense

For some people, it is unfortunately far too easy to react to a situation with anger or even violence, and no matter how remorseful they may be, they must still face the consequences. This is the case for a significant minority of domestic violence defendants, especially if their being charged with the offense is… Read More »

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