April 1, 2020

After substantial pressure for the past few weeks, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has finally issued a statewide stay-at-home order with Executive Order 20-91. 

The stay-at-home order takes effect at midnight tonight. What this means is when the clock strikes 12 tonight,...

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 is impacting ALL aspects of American life and unfortunately the legal system is not immune. The Florida Supreme Court issued Administrative Orders AOSC20-12 and to provide guidance to courts. 

For now, all grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and...

July 1, 2019

Beginning on July 1, 2019 the Florida Ban on Texting While Driving Law becomes a primary offense. The ban on Texting While Driving has actually been state law since 2013. It's elevation to a primary offense means the police are allowed to pull someone over and cite the...

April 25, 2019

When we think of DUI cases, we usually think about a police officer pulling over a driver, having the driver do some field sobriety exercises, and then the officer arrests the driver where they will then be required to submit to a breath test. The driver is threatened...

February 15, 2019

As a criminal defense attorney, I receive a lot of calls from alleged victims who say they want to drop the charges. More often than not, these are domestic violence cases (or "DV" for short).

Perhaps it is from representations in television and movies, but many people...

February 14, 2019

A question that is asked all too often is "can I give up my rights as a parent?" It is not unusual for a parent to want to give up their rights as a parent. Although this seems strange, there are people who do not have a relationship or bond with a child and wish to le...

January 30, 2019

Today's question comes from Fort Myers. The question is:

"I was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. It wasn't mine but it was found in my car. Should I just plead guilty or no contest?"

The answer is NO! The first court date for many arrested people after they...

January 26, 2019

Today's question comes from someone in Jacksonville. They say they were arrested for a third degree felony 31 weeks ago but they haven't been brought to trial. Can they get their charges dismissed?

The right to a speedy trial is governed in Florida by Rule 3.191 of the...

January 23, 2019

Today I am answering the following question from a juvenile in Tallahassee, Florida. She says:

"I'm being charged with grand theft in the 3rd degree from Walmart for $311 worth of food items. Its supposedly seen on camera. This is first offense. What is the most likely...

January 21, 2019

There are so many wonderful words of wisdom from Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my favorite quotes (there are so many to choose just one) is:

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

There are so many ways in which we can help oth...

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