In court, as in life, perception can make all the difference. The ultimate example: consciousness of guilt, which holds far more influence over the modern court system than it should. This concept posits that certain defendant behaviors automatically indicate guilt. Over the years, assumptions surrounding consciousness of guilt have influenced a variety of criminal convictions, sometimes convincing judges…

Dealing with the criminal justice system is always nerve-wracking, but it can prove particularly stressful for alleged offenders under the age of 18. Some minors take solace in the assumption that they’ll be treated with kid gloves as they navigate juvenile court. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. Florida minors often face harsh sentences, many of which…

The unfortunate reality of life after conviction is that your criminal record can follow you for years or even decades. Sometimes, these concerns extend beyond the usual hassles with securing employment and housing. If you find yourself dealing with any new criminal issues, you’ll quickly find that your past conviction makes it a lot more…

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….

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