Dogs are more than furry, four-legged companions; they can serve as a powerful tool for law enforcement officials. Their noses are uniquely equipped for sniffing out the faintest scent of drugs, so they are especially well-suited to conducting official searches for illicit substances during K-9 traffic stops in Florida. Unfortunately, when incorporated in routine traffic stops, K-9 units…

For many years, the state of Florida has been fighting a war on drugs, especially against addictive painkillers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone. In the early 2000s, at the height of the pill-mill trade, the prevalence of these drugs caused state lawmakers to respond with harsh drug trafficking laws. In fact, Florida state laws are…

Using and trafficking drugs in Florida is a major offense that attracts a punishment of hefty fines and a long time in jail. That is why you should not take a charge of drug possession or drug trafficking lightly. If a law enforcement officer finds drugs on you, you could either be charged for possession…

Tips from a defense attorney near me Drug-related criminal offenses are very serious. Even one conviction can result in harsh penalties. If you have been arrested, you should immediately contact a lawyer. Rather than risking a long sentence, start by considering 3 ways an attorney can help with a Florida drug offense or related criminal…

It may be surprising how a simple criminal conviction can change your life in Northwest Florida. In fact, there are a number of negative implications that such an occurrence can have on you for years to come. Problems you face can include difficulties getting a job, public humiliation and difficulties securing loans. The Inability to…

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,…

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