Vehicle Forfeiture in Florida: Can the police take your car?

Posted: March 21, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Pursuant to the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act, the police can take your car if they can prove that you or someone else used your vehicle in the commission of a crime. However, due to recent changes in legislation, the burden of proof the police have is much higher. They must abide by strict protocols to…


Administrative Order: Expansion of Adult Drug Court in Pinellas County

Posted: March 17, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

In March 2016, Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino signed an administrative order that expanded the Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Treatment Court to include additional offenders. The order established the protocols for identifying the which defendants the expanded adult drug court, referred to as section Z, would serve. Prior to the expansion, only defendants with sentences…


What are the penalties for arson in Florida?

Posted: March 17, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Arson, or deliberately setting property on fire, is a felony crime in Florida. Penalties for arson in Florida include imprisonment and fines. Arson charges are often the result of people committing acts of vandalism, trying to destroy evidence, carrying out hate crimes, or trying to collect insurance money. As such, many offenders who have been…



What are the different schedules of drugs in Florida?

Posted: March 10, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

State and federal laws classify all controlled substances into five different “schedules” of drugs. Legislatures consider three aspects of each substance when determining the schedule in which to place it: Whether the drug has a currently accepted medical use; Its relative abuse potential; and The likelihood of causing dependence when abused. Florida’s drug schedules, found…


What does downward departure mean?

Posted: March 1, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

A “downward departure” occurs when a judge agrees to depart from the applicable sentence, giving the defendant a lesser sentence than the state sentencing guidelines stipulate. A judge will only consider imposing a downward departure when certain mitigating factors exist. If you have been charged with a felony in Florida and are facing possible imprisonment,…


How long does a DUI stay on your record in Florida?

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

A DUI stays on your record indefinitely in Florida. Having this mar on your record can affect you years down the road. It can thwart your career, hurt you in family court cases, and increase your auto insurance premiums. This is why it is so important to hire a defense lawyer to fight your DUI…


Penalties for Illegal Sale or Possession of Anabolic Steroids in Florida

Posted: February 24, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Many people use steroids on a short-term basis for performance enhancement, hormone depletion, and anti-aging measures. In fact, in the sports, bodybuilding, and anti-aging communities, steroids are quietly and widely accepted. Nevertheless, steroids are still a controlled substance and strictly prohibited without a valid prescription. Sale and possession of anabolic steroids is a federal and…


Rules & Eligibility for House Arrest in Florida

Posted: February 22, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

The Community Control supervision program, commonly referred to as “house arrest,” is a type of diversion program used as an alternative to imprisonment for eligible offenders. House arrest in Florida is by no means a way for offenders to “get off easy,” but rather a way for them to receive their punishment and work towards…


Can I be arrested for lying to a police officer?

Posted: February 17, 2017 | Categories: Laws, Tips, & FAQs

Lying to a police officer is a criminal offense in Florida, which can result in penalties including fines and imprisonment. The category of the offense and severity of the penalties depend on the subject matter of the false information and the past convictions of the defendant. If you were accused of giving false information to…