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  • Given a subpoena?

    A subpoena is a writ summoning you to court. It is not an invitation. If you do not appear at the time, date, and place specified in the subpoena (for a trial or a deposition), what may (not "will") happen is "the state" (the local prosecutor's office), if you were/are a state wi...

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  • Was I convicted?

    Individuals who have had experience as a defendant in the criminal justice system and later find themselves in a situation where they need to know, ask "was I convicted?" It depends. If the defendant had his case "no filed" (the state decided not to file a formal charging documen...

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  • A plea of "no contest"

    In Florida, if a criminal defendant wants to end his case, hemay plea "guilty" or "no contest," which is also known as "nolo contendere," Latin for "I do not wish to contend." What the defendant no longer wishes to contend is the case; he does not want to contend with "the state"...

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  • Domestic Violence Battery in Florida

    Domestic Violence Battery in Florida is also known as Battery (Domestic Violence) and isfrequently abbreviated as "B (DV)" or just "DV." The crime entails battery, which is the intentional touching or striking of another person against that person's will.For a battery to be "B (D...

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  • Battery in Florida

    Known as "Assault" or "Assault and Battery" in some other states, "Battery" inFlorida is where there is the intentional touching or striking of another person against that person's will or when there is the intentional causing of bodily harm to another person. Battery (Florida St...

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  • Misunderstood Miranda

    Regardingthe accused in criminalcourts across our country, thelandmark case that isoneof themost relevanttotheir cases is alsoone of the most prevalent intheir minds. It is alsothe most misunderstood. I am talkingaboutMiranda v. Arizona,the 1966 United States Supreme Court caseth...

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  • Show to know

    If a criminal defendant has an attorney, that defendant's appearanceis not required at many/most court proceedings (depends on the judge). A trial date is a notable exception. You may not want to attend for a variety of reasons, but if there is nothing stopping you from doing so ...

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  • Take the stand so the jury will understand where you stand

    Testify The importance of a defendant testifying at trial cannot be overstated. When one hears from a jury post-trial as to why it found the defendant guilty as charged, one of the reasons, and some

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