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CrimDef4 January 23, 2019

What is the Matrix? A Revolution in Pretrial Release. Whoa!

There is a presumption, built into our Constitution, that a person charged with a crime is entitled to be released before trial; he or she is, after all, still presumed innocent.  Historically, at a hearing called First Appearance, the court would determine an amount of money that the defendant must post as bail in… Read More »

PoliceSearch January 21, 2019

License Plate Readers: Is Big Brother Watching?

License plate readers automatically take time-stamped photos of vehicles entering and leaving an area.  These photos can be great evidence when someone commits a crime.  They can help police officers nab criminals before they leave the city for good, and they can help prosecutors prove a case at trial. Because they are such a… Read More »

CrimLaw9 January 18, 2019

The Alleged Victim Just Got New Rights. Did the Accused Just Lose Some?

On November 6, 2018, voters approved Amendment 6, which amended the Florida Constitution to vastly expand the rights of victims of alleged crimes.  Amendment 6 took effect on January 8, 2019.  While the goal of enhancing victims’ rights certainly sounds noble, it appears that Amendment 6 has altered the criminal justice system in a… Read More »

Courtroom January 14, 2019

First Appearances: Lasting Decisions

A person arrested on a crime is entitled to a hearing within 24 hours to determine whether, and under what conditions, he or she can be released from jail while waiting for trial.  This hearing is called First Appearance.  In Palm Beach County, First Appearances are held in the morning at the Palm Beach… Read More »

Patrol Car January 10, 2018

Everything You Need To Know About Criminal Appeals

If you were convicted of a crime, you may think you’re out of options. However, for qualifying individuals, it may be possible to obtain a criminal appeal. A criminal conviction can completely derail your life, and unless you obtain an appeal, you could face imprisonment, costly fines, and a host of other serious penalties…. Read More »

young couple holding hands December 2, 2016

What is the Florida “Romeo & Juliet” Law?

In Florida, it is illegal for a person age 18 or older to have sex with someone under the age of 18, even if the sex is consensual. The reason for this is that minors are not capable of giving informed consent to sex in the eyes of the law. Those who break this… Read More »

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