Police officers sometimes refer to summer as the busy season, and for good reason: ample evidence indicates that criminal activity increases alongside the temperature. Below, we examine possible explanations that may drive this disturbing trend resulting in more crime to Northwest Florida cities. The Evidence: Research Backing Summer’s Rise in Criminal Behavior Studies highlighting seasonal…

DUI charges can prove life-changing for Florida drivers. From fines to considerable time behind bars, alleged offenders face a variety of harsh consequences. The difficulties don’t end there; many suffer employment or housing discrimination. Read on to learn more about the consequences of DUI convictions — and why it’s so important to hire a Florida DUI attorney. Defining DUI…

Drug busts have hit headlines in Okaloosa County on several occasions as of late. Most notable, perhaps, was the effort targeting the organization known as ‘Operation Crazy 8,’ which ultimately led to 21 arrests. Most local drug arrests do not resemble this operation, however, and in many cases, defendants are able to avoid conviction due to…

Mainstream attitudes regarding marijuana are changing quickly in Florida and across the nation. Medical marijuana, in particular, is highly favored among Floridians. A surprising 71 percent of Florida residents approved of medical marijuana as of 2017. Recreational marijuana may not see as strong of public support, but proponents expect that it will eventually be legal. Until…

Have you or a loved one been accused of driving under the influence? As a Northwest Florida resident, you could face harsh Florida DUI penalties. From fines to vehicle impoundment and even license revocation, these penalties could prove devastating. The more detailed your understanding of the state’s DUI laws, the better. Below, we offer a…

The opioid crisis has wrought untold devastation on the state of Florida. According to data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), this drug epidemic claimed a shocking 3,245 lives in Florida in 2017 alone. Local legislators are determined to bring that number down as soon as possible. They recognize, however, that Florida mandatory…

Criminal charges are no small matter — even a seemingly minor misdemeanor could cause you grief in years or even decades to come. The right criminal defense attorney in Destin, FL, however, could ease this burden by helping you secure a desirable case outcome. Depending on your circumstances, this could involve a favorable plea deal,…

This blog post is part 2 of our Spring Break series. You can read the first blog post here. If you have been cited or arrested for underage drinking it is important that you consult with an experienced attorney. The consequences of Florida underage drinking may lead to a conviction or guilty plea and can…

During Spring Break, underage drinking laws are strictly enforced in Destin and Fort Walton Beach. The Okaloosa and Walton County Sheriff’s Offices patrol the beach and adjacent neighborhoods looking for violators. The deputies are in uniforms and plain clothes, on foot and on ATVs. It is critical that you understand underage drinking laws in Okaloosa…

If you have been accused of possession or another drug-related crime, you can’t afford to take a passive approach to your case. Florida courts are notoriously harsh in their dealings with alleged drug offenders. The right FL drug offense attorney could play a key role in guiding you through the complications of your drug case; careful…

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