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Differences Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery in Florida

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If you’ve been charged with theft, burglary, or robbery in Florida, these can have serious legal consequences. Some people believe these are one in the same, but they are three distinct criminal acts and carry different penalties and sentences.  If you or a loved one have been charged with one of these crimes, it’s… Read More »

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Self-Representation In A Criminal Case

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Sometimes in the court of a criminal proceeding, the accused may decide to fire his or her attorney and proceed pro se. When a person proceeds pro se, it means that he represents himself and works as his own advocate in court. Anyone who is facing trial may defend himself if it is his… Read More »

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Competency To Stand Trial

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One of the constitutional rights that a person has when charged with a crime is the right not to be tried unless the person is fit for trial. Being fit for trial or competent to stand trial deals with a person’s ability to assist with his defense as well as understand the criminal proceedings… Read More »

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Installation Of An Ignition Interlock Device After A DUI Conviction

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When a person is convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), there are usually a wide range of consequences depending on how many other DUI convictions the person has. In some cases, after a person is convicted of a DUI, the court may order that the person have an ignition… Read More »

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The Right to Speedy Trial In A Florida Criminal Case

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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

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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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Police Stops For Investigative Purposes

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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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The Difference Intent Can Make In A Burglary Case

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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

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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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