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Immunity From Prosecution In Exchange For Testimony At A Criminal Trial

By Scott Berry Law |

Even with extensive investigations, the prosecution may often rely on accomplices when prosecuting a person for committing a criminal offense. A person who is considered an accomplice or who has knowledge of the crimes can often present critical evidence that makes the prosecution’s case. Because of this, the prosecution often offers this kind of… Read More »

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The Right to Speedy Trial In A Florida Criminal Case

By Scott Berry Law |

Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.191 guarantees the right to a speedy trial in state court. The speedy trial rule says that, unless waived, the government must try the defendant in a criminal case within 175 days of arrest for a felony and 90 days of arrest for a misdemeanor. If the defendant is… Read More »

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Exercising The Right To Testify At Trial

By Scott Berry Law |

An accused’s right to testify in his defense is one of the most important rights an accused has in a criminal trial. How a person charged with a crime chooses to exercise this right can make a big difference in the outcome of the person’s trial. In some cases, testifying can be the right… Read More »

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PoliceSearch

Police Stops For Investigative Purposes

By Scott Berry Law |

Figuring out when police officers can legally stop and question a person on the street can sometimes get confusing. The validity of a police stop depends on what reason the police had to make the stop. In some cases, the length of time it takes for the stop to end may also make a… Read More »

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Prosecutions For The Possession, Sale, Or Manufacture Of A Drug Analog

By Scott Berry Law |

Every state in the country and the federal government have laws that prohibit the possession, manufacture, and sale of controlled substances. The well-known substances that fall into the category of controlled substances include cocaine, heroin, methamphetamines, and in most cases, marijuana, although there are more substances that are considered controlled substances. Because it is… Read More »

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Advocate

What Is A Motion In Limine?

By Scott Berry Law |

A video of a hearing in which a man who was nominated to serve as a federal district judge failing to answer several questions about basic legal concepts went viral recently. One of the questions the man was asked was whether he knew what a motion in limine was, a question he was not… Read More »

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Sobriety Checkpoints And DUI Charges

By Scott Berry Law |

Police departments try to crack down on drivers who drink and drive, especially around the holidays. These crackdowns are sometimes accomplished through DUI checkpoints, also known as sobriety checkpoints or roadblocks. These are traffics stops manned by police officers, where certain drivers are stopped briefly in order for the police to determine whether or… Read More »

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Juvenile

Minors Charged With Crimes In Florida

By Scott Berry Law |

There are many differences between how adults think and how children think. This fact is not always recognized, even in the criminal justice system, and children are usually arrested and charged for behavior that should be handled in other ways. Teens, especially, can have a hard time because most adults expect them to make… Read More »

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Burglary

The Difference Intent Can Make In A Burglary Case

By Scott Berry Law |

The difference between a charge of burglary and a charge of criminal trespass is a question of intent. A person’s intent in entering a place without permission can mean the difference between being charged with trespass, which is a misdemeanor, and being charged with burglary, which is a felony. When a person enters a… Read More »

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DUI-Related Tests and a Driver’s Rights

By Scott Berry Law |

When a person is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the arresting officers often try and gather as much evidence of the intoxication as possible. However, there are limits to how the police can legally collect evidence of intoxication when making an arrest for driving under the influence. The most… Read More »

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