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May 2016 Archives

Assault, battery and the differences between the two

Assault and battery are commonly combined in discussing charges of particular violence. However, what is interesting is that each charge, individually, is distinctly different from the other. If you look at another charge, assault with a deadly weapon, you see that that is quite different from homicide. This gives you a better idea of what assault it.

Florida's sex offender registration laws

Those charged with sex crimes face the possibility of several consequences, from prison time to hefty fines. However one of the most concerning is having to be on the sex offender registry. Being on the registry means that you cannot go within a certain distance of schools or playgrounds or work with minors or at-risk populations. This can make it very difficult to get back to your normal activities, such as picking your children up from school or even establishing your own residence, after you have served your sentence.

Defending against drug crime allegations

There are a large number of crimes involving drugs that, in most cases, carry significant penalties. Drug crimes are serious offenses in all states. In the state of Florida, this is particularly true. When facing a drug crime, it is only natural that you worry about what will happen to you as they can have very serious consequences. Some of the offenses surrounding drugs involve possession with the intent to sell, simple drug possession, drug trafficking, and crimes involving prescription drugs, such as doctor shopping which means the practice of seeing multiple physicians to obtain prescriptions for otherwise legal drugs.


Protecting my rights after I've committed a violent crime

Violent crimes occur each and every day in the United States; the threat of violence is prevalent. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a violent crime may consist of, but is not limited to, murder or non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. They are further defined as crimes that involve force or the threat of force.


What are your options when faced with a DUI charge?

Being charged with a DUI offense can have long-lasting, impactful consequences. From the time of the arrest, the prosecution will be building a case against you. In the state of Florida, penalties vary depending on the number of times you have found yourself in this situation.



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