VETERANS COURT
Posted on Friday March 31, 2017

VETERANS COURT:  WHAT IS IT? A few years ago both the Thirteenth Circuit (Hillsborough County) and the Sixth Circuit (Pinellas and Pasco Counties) set up what is generically called Veterans Courts.  These Courts were set up to assist Military Veterans and active duty personnel who had found […]

DUI PENALTIES AND IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE
Posted on Monday January 16, 2017

WHAT IS AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE? In basic terms it is an electrical device, which is attached to your vehicle’s ignition. When a driver wishes to start their car up they must first provide a breath sample into the device. If the breath sample shows a breath […]

OTHER POSSIBLE FACTORS INVOLVED IN A DUI
Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

I am always asked how does one figure out whether they are too intoxicated to drive? My answer has always been the same whether it was when I was in law enforcement, or as a prosecutor or now as a defense attorney, don’t take a chance, don’t […]

VIOLATION OF PROBATION: WHAT NOW?
Posted on Monday June 20, 2016

This blog will discuss what happens when you find yourself on probation for a crime you have committed and you have been either arrested on a warrant for a probation violation or have received notice to appear in court for a probation violation. Either way it is […]

CAREER CRIMINAL AND SENTENCING
Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2016

You may have heard the term “repeat felony offender” however most people may not know exactly what the term means or how that specific classification can have a significant effect on sentencing. This blog will explore the definition of a career criminal, the possible sentencing they face, […]

WHAT IS SPICE OR SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA?
Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

For the past few years a new drug has taken root in our communities. It is cheaper than marijuana and has at times been sold in the corner store. It is called SPICE or synthetic marijuana. It has also been called K2, fake weed, Bliss, Black Mamba, […]

PLEADING GUILTY VERSUS PLEADING NO CONTEST
Posted on Monday April 18, 2016

Most criminal cases never go to trial. The vast majority of them are pled out, which means the state prosecutor offers something, say probation over a jail sentence or a lesser charge in exchange for the defendant to plea to the charge.   Keep in mind this […]

DOWNWARD DEPARTURE WHAT IS IT? HOW IS IT APPLIED?
Posted on Monday April 11, 2016

You have been arrested for a felony crime, which is not a capital felony (i.e. murder). You have had your day in court and have been found guilty. Now its time for you to be sentenced. What happens now?   The prosecutor may recommend a prison sentence […]

Stand Your Ground – Self Defense
Posted on Monday April 04, 2016

Justifiable Use of Force   The use of force to protect ones life and or property has been in the news a lot over the past few years in Florida. The reason there appears confusion over what a person can and cannot do to defend themselves and […]

FLORIDA’S 10-20-LIFE LAW IN A NUTSHELL
Posted on Wednesday March 23, 2016

  Florida’s 10-20-Life law was enacted in the late 1990’s in an attempt to quell the growing use of firearms during the commission of crimes. It makes Florida’s criminal laws some of the toughest in terms of sentencing in the United States.   The law’s name correctly […]