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  • Florida’s New “Docs vs Glocks” Bill = Bad

    Gunshot wounds account for 1 in 25 pediatric trauma center admissions. Under the auspices of "the violation of an individual's right to privacy," Florida just passed a new law forbidding doctors from discussing whether a family has guns in the house, including a discussion about ...

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  • Facial Recognition Software - A Game of Tag You May Not Want To Play

    Facebook is scanning over 100 million photos per day, as its users upload photos and tag, or associate, names with the people depicted in those photos.Computers are refining algorithms and learning your face.Automatic face recognition is becoming advanced and Facebook will soon f...

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  • An Overview of the Florida Criminal Process

    What Is the Florida Criminal Process? If you've been accused, charged or arrested on a criminal charge in Florida, Georgia or Alabama, you want to know what is going to happen to you. Feel free to call us for guidance through the legal hurdles. There are two classification ...

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  • What to Expect When You've Been Arrested in Florida

    The most common steps in the process are as follows: Arrest / Bail Arraignment Pretrial Hearing Trial Arrest In Florida a person may be arrested or, in some cases, issued a criminal summons to appear in court for his/her arraignment. Following an arrest, the individual wil...

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  • Types of Crimes in Florida - Assault

    Assault An assault is the intentional and unlawful threat, by word or act, of violence against a victim in which the defendant has the ability to carry out the threat and the victim has a well-founded fear that violence is imminent. Assault is a second degree misdemeanor, which h...

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  • Types of Crimes in Florida - Battery

    Battery Battery is the intentional touching or striking of a victim against his or her will causing the victim harm. Battery is a first degree misdemeanor, which has a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine. A Second Offense Battery charge becomes a felony battery (3r...

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  • Types of Crimes in Florida - Criminal Mischief

    Criminal MischiefCriminal mischief may have been committed if a Defendant willfully and maliciously damaged someone elses property. This law includes graffiti and vandalism. The penalty you face for criminal mischief depends on the value of the damage done. If the value is $200 o...

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  • Types of Crimes in Florida - Drug Possession

    Drug PossessionPossession of Marijuana (20 grams or less) - Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a First Degree Misdemeanor A 1st degree misdemeanor has a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $1000 fine. Florida Criminal Statute - 893.13(6)(b)Possession of Marijuana ...

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  • Types of Crimes in Florida - DUI / DWI

    DUI/DWI Under Florida Law, an individual is guilty of driving under the influence if he/she is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state, and: He/she is under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance, or any substance, when affect...

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  • Types of Crimes in Florida - Driving with a Suspended License

    Driving with a Suspended LicenseIf you are found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while your license is under suspension, you will be convicted of a second degree misdemeanor penalty under Florida criminal law. A 2nd degree misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of 60 days in ...

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