Illegal Doping: When a Doctor or Athlete is Accused of Juicing

The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs – otherwise known as doping or juicing – is a hot topic in professional sports. Recent news events in South Florida have highlighted the potential consequences of using and selling banned substances such as anabolic steroids and other popular drugs. On related topic, if your looking for legal help for accident or injury related …

What to Expect While on Probation in Florida

An individual who is placed on probation will be expected to abide by certain rules and conditions for the duration of the probationary period. Some rules of probation are established through Florida criminal laws, while the court dictates others. An Overview of the Expectations of Probation Those who are on probation can expect to perform certain duties on a regularly …

Acts that are Considered Child Molestation in Florida

The National Center for Victims of Crime estimates that one in five girls and one in 20 boys in the United States will be the victim of child sexual abuse, such as child molestation. Exact figures are hard to determine, as definitions of sex abuse and molestation vary by state and many victims do not report the crimes. The state …

Maintaining a Dwelling for the Purpose of Drug Use is Punishable by Prison Time and Fines

Florida drug laws criminalize a number of activities that fall outside of the scope of possession or manufacturing of a controlled substance. Included in the state’s expansive anti-drug measures are laws that ban maintaining a dwelling – such as a house or apartment – for the purpose of using, selling or storing controlled substances like marijuana and cocaine. The penalties …

Understanding the 3 Types of Criminal Pleas

A plea is a defendant’s answer to criminal charges. There are three types of criminal pleas defendants may make under the Florida criminal justice system. A plea is typically made during the arraignment, which is the formal proceeding in which the criminal defendant is informed of all of the charges against him or her. In most cases, there will be …

How to Appeal Convictions: Time Limits and Conditions of Appeals

Defendants found guilty and convicted of a crime may seek an appeal of the conviction or the sentence. This is applicable when a defendant or defense counsel believes an error was made during the trial. Florida laws state that while defendants have the right to appeal, the process must adhere to certain terms and conditions. The appeal must be made …

Florida DUI Laws in 2013: How New Rules May Impact Your Case

In the 2013 Legislative Session, the state of Florida instituted new drunk driving (DUI) laws that became effective on July 1, 2013. These rules apply to the driver’s license suspension and the operation of court-mandated ignition interlock devices, as well as several other administrative concerns. The laws impact only those charged on or after the July 1 implementation of the …

Illegal vs. Legal Florida Drug Possession Laws

Under Florida drug possession laws, possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription from a physician is illegal. Of course, some controlled substances like cocaine or heroine are not legally available even with a prescription. Illegal possession of controlled substances can lead to felony or misdemeanor drug charges depending on the amount possessed and the type of drug. Those …

Probation vs. Parole: Understanding the Differences Under Florida Law

While both probation and parole are related to the conviction of a crime, they are two distinct entities under Florida criminal law. Probation is a form of punishment that does not involve incarceration but is enacted by the state for a designated period of time. Parole applies to an early release from incarceration under a specific set of circumstances. Violations …

Human Trafficking Still a Problem in U.S.

It may sound shocking, but even in our modern first-world country, the slave trade continues to exist. It’s called human trafficking and, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, there were more than 2,500 cases between 2008 and 2010 alone. This includes instances of sex trafficking, labor trafficking and other unknown forms of sex crimes. Types of Trafficking There are …