What is the penalty for carrying a gun without a permit in Florida?

Posted: April 27, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

In Florida, while in most cases it is lawful to own and possess a gun, there are different rules for carrying a gun. Florida Statute § 790.01(2) criminalizes carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Carrying a gun without a permit will result in felony charges. If you have recently been arrested or charged with…


What is the difference between murder and manslaughter?

Posted: April 27, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

The difference between murder and manslaughter is simpler than it seems. Manslaughter refers to the act of taking someone’s life unjustly, but without forethought. Manslaughter may be voluntary or involuntary, but it lacks premeditation. Murder, on the other hand, is the act of taking someone’s life intentionally after having planned the killing. They are both…


Is pointing a gun at someone a crime in Florida?

Posted: April 25, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Pointing a gun at someone is a felony crime in Florida, punishable by imprisonment and fines. If you are undocumented or on a visitor visa and you are convicted, you can also be deported. And it makes no difference whether the gun you pointed was loaded. It is aggravated assault either way. If you have…


What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter?

Posted: April 25, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

The difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter revolves around intent. Voluntary manslaughter occurs when, in the heat of the moment, the defendant knew he was going to hurt someone but did it anyway. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when the defendant had no intention of hurting someone, but wound up killing the victim as a result of…


Is drug trafficking a federal crime?

Posted: April 14, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Yes, drug trafficking is a federal offense, punishable by fines and time in a federal prison. However, most drug cases are tried on a state level and local law enforcement agencies are typically the ones that make drug arrests. Whether the drug trafficking case will travel through the federal or state system is a significant…


Administrative Order: Paper and Electronic Criminal Case Files for Pinellas County

Posted: April 12, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

A judge drafts an administrative order to ensure proper administration of the court’s affairs. In 2016, the Sixth Judicial Court (Pinellas County) issued 85 administrative orders. One of these orders dealt with the handling of criminal case files. In April 2016, Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino signed Administrative Order Number 2016-019 PI-CIR, which sets forth rules…


Career Offender in Federal Court

Posted: April 12, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

When you are charged with a crime, your prior criminal record comes into play and may affect the outcome your case. If the federal court deems you a “career offender,” the penalties you face in your current case could be much higher. Below, we explain who the government considers career offenders and how the classification…


Administrative Order: Assigning Criminal Traffic Court Cases in Pinellas County

Posted: March 29, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino signed Administrative Order 2016-016 PI-CIR in March of 2016 to address the assignment of traffic court cases in Pinellas County. To provide a more even distribution of traffic cases between the South County Traffic Facility and the North County Traffic Facility, and to minimize officers’ time spent in court, Judge Rondolino’s…


Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer in Florida: Penalties & Building a Defense

Posted: March 27, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Battery on a law enforcement officer is a felony crime in Florida, punishable by fines and imprisonment. The offense encompasses more than just striking. It can include essentially any aggressive physical contact with an officer. It is a harshly prosecuted offense, even for first-time offenders. However, there are several viable defenses that have proven effective…