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CrimLaw12 March 16, 2020

Teen’s Snapchat ‘Threat’ Creates Legal Challenge

In early February, 19-year old David Puy was on his way to dinner with friends, and he posted on Snapchat, “On my way! School shooter” – which Puy readily admits was poor judgment. However, after the tragic mass shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018, Florida made changes to its… Read More »

CrimDef11 March 9, 2020

Can I Get My Property Back After Forfeiture?

Civil asset forfeiture is a policy where assets can be seized from people suspected of committing crimes, if the property is believed to have played a role in the crime. However, the key word is suspected; no conviction is necessary for law enforcement to take your property, and the odds of getting it back… Read More »

Burglary2 February 11, 2020

Hillsborough County Man Shoots 2 Alleged Home Invaders

On the morning of January 5, 2020, a Tampa man faced 2 teens trying to break into his home and fired shots in self-defense. The home’s resident told law enforcement that the young men entered the home through an unlocked door, carrying weapons; when one of them made demands, the resident fired at them… Read More »

Jail2 December 16, 2019

Proposed Legislation Would Alter Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Florida has some of the harshest criminal sentencing laws in the United States. However, two bills currently before the Florida House of Representatives and Senate would both make significant reforms to those laws, allowing nonviolent and first-time offenders to “gain time” while bringing Florida law into line with other states’ norms. It is important… Read More »

CrimDef8 November 6, 2019

Threats Phoned Into 5 West Palm Beach Schools

There were extra police on campus at 5 different West Palm Beach schools, including the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, on August 16, after multiple threats were called in on August 15, putting the schools on lockdown. While law enforcement immediately declared that all the threats were non-credible, calling them a wide-ranging… Read More »

CrimLaw9 October 16, 2019

Can Drug Dealers Be Charged With Murder?

Florida has a reputation as a state with strict laws and tough sentences for anyone convicted of a crime. Drug dealers in particular face stiff penalties and long sentences. However, a debate has cropped up in recent months and years surrounding the responsibility of drug dealers when their buyers die. If you have been… Read More »

Gun October 15, 2019

Gunfire On I-95 Leads To Injuries

In the early morning of July 28, a sedan driver and his passenger were headed north on I-95 when their vehicle was struck by gunfire from another passing car. Both people in the vehicle sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries from multiple bullet wounds. While as of this writing, the shooter or shooters have not… Read More »

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