The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Florida’s death penalty appeal in what has been a turbulent legal saga. Florida had already undergone a year of legal certainty regarding its death penalty before Governor Scott signed a death penalty fix in March of 2017. Governor Scott’s latest fix required a jury to be unanimous in order…

Florida’s controversial death-penalty law managed to survive a recent appeal to a Florida appeals panel. The panel reversed a lower court ruling, allowing the state’s pending prosecution of death penalty cases to continue after a new sentencing law went into effect in April of 2016.  The state of Florida brought this consolidated case to the…

The biggest objection judges have when sentencing offenders for white collar crimes is that the guidelines for jail terms are weighted according to how much money was made or lost by the commission of the financial crime. It’s a broad stroke approach that applies to all financial crimes, including embezzlement and insider trading. NY federal…

No one wants to hear the words “We find the defendant guilty!” in a court room, but it happens to hundreds of people every day. And when that life-changing even occurs, a person might have a few days or weeks to adjust, or he may get put into handcuffs and incarcerated that very day. In…

Law is all about rights and responsibilities. At traffic stops, both the officer and the driver have to act in a manner that ensures the safety of those involved and everyone in the vicinity. The purpose of these rules is to avoid or minimize danger. Yet, things often go awry. Such was the case recently,…

Warm weather is a time for fun, sun and excitement. College students and young adults head to the beaches in droves, looking to blow off steam. It’s a quest for what should be harmless fun, but sometimes, certain influences overrule good personal judgment and things happen that require the help of a Florida criminal defense attorney. This…

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense in Florida. Even simple DUI offenses in which no one has been injured and no property has been damaged can bring serious penalties in Okaloosa County. Whether your DUI is uncomplicated or accompanied by personal injury or damaged property charges, you need to…

The state of Florida has traditionally had the strictest drug policies regarding marijuana in the country. Whether you’re charged with intent to sell or simple possession, you could face stiff penalties and jail time. There are often serviceable defenses available to persons accused of a marijuana-related offenses such as improper or illegal search and seizure….

Facing a DUI Arrest in Okaloosa County? Here’s What You Need to Know Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating substances is a dangerous and reckless activity that frequently results in death for the driver, their passengers, and the occupants of other motor vehicles. Due to the severity of the crime, the…

Effective on July 1st of 2014, the mandatory minimums for trafficking opioids under Florida state regulations were significantly reduced by CS/SB 360. Opioids include prescription painkillers, most notably oxycodone and hydrocodone. Although a step in the right direction, the harsh usage of mandatory minimums alongside ambiguous wording on what constitutes the substance makes hiring a Florida…

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