Criminal proceedings are complicated enough as is in the state of Florida, but what if the alleged crime purely surrounds the agreement to commit a different offense? This situation forms the basis of criminal conspiracy, which can deliver surprisingly harsh penalties for accused individuals. Learn all about Criminal Conspiracy Charges in Florida below. Criminal Conspiracy…

It is common practice for Destin attorneys to instruct their clients to remain quiet in court and during police interactions — and for good reason. Unfortunately, if you are arrested and charged with a crime in Northwest Florida, anything you say — even the most seemingly innocuous statements — can eventually be used against you. Many Florida residents…

Several areas of criminal law are undergoing significant changes. One of the most notable — and the most often forgotten by everyday Florida residents — involves asset forfeiture. Common practices established in hopes of combating the drug epidemics of the 1980s and 1990s are now being scaled back in recognition of the devastation they can impart. Despite…

Bingo and cards may seem like the perfect opportunities for relaxation, but they, unfortunately, hold several legal complications that can leave seemingly innocent participants dealing with criminal charges. If, however, the proper conditions are met, it’s possible to enjoy a variety of games without fear of breaking the law — even when money-based wagers are…

A criminal conviction in Northwest Florida can forever change every aspect of life as you know it. In addition to facing fines or jail time, you will encounter several new challenges after you’ve served your sentence. A few of the most worrisome issues are highlighted below: Difficulty Finding Employment In an age of criminal background…

Drug trafficking holds stiff consequences in Okaloosa County and throughout the state of Florida, where seemingly ordinary individuals can face years behind bars if charged with this felony crime. The bar for trafficking can be surprisingly low, with ‘knowing possession’ often deemed sufficient to place accused individuals behind bars. Your response in the aftermath of…

Routine traffic stops in Florida are an unfortunate, but necessary aspect of life. Law enforcement officials are charged with keeping our roads safe — and sometimes, that means pulling over drivers who do not appear to comply with the rules of the road. In turn, however, officers must act respectfully and abide by drivers’ rights….

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…

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