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Conspiracy Charges In Florida: What To Know And How To Defend Against Them

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Conspiracy to commit a crime – whether the planned crime takes place or not – is a criminal act that can be charged as a felony under Florida law. However, not all communications about a potential crime amount to conspiracy, and it is critical to distinguish idle and unserious talk from active engagement in… Read More »

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Matt Luka of Trombley & Hanes, P.A. Representing the Laundrie Family

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Gabby Petito, Brian Laundrie Case Reaches Court for First Time: 5 Things to Know VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) — The first hearing in the lawsuit filed by Gabby Petito’s family against the parents of Brian Laundrie will be held on Wednesday to determine if the case will proceed to a jury trial next year. Matthew… Read More »

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What To Know About Asset Forfeiture In Florida

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Civil asset forfeiture may occur in combination with a criminal case, when law enforcement takes property that was allegedly used in relation to criminal activity. Unlike many other states, Florida does not have criminal forfeiture. However, takings under the civil forfeiture process are held to a criminal standard of proof – beyond a reasonable… Read More »

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Defending Against A Charge Of Possession With Intent To Sell In Florida

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Possession of a controlled substance, in some cases, can quickly escalate to “intent to sell”. This is often based on law enforcement’s perception of a person’s actions and the amount of drugs in their control. Under Florida Statutes Sec. 893.13(1)(a), a person may not “sell, manufacture, or deliver, or possess with intent to sell,… Read More »

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Boating Under The Influence In Florida – What To Know And How To Defend Against Charges

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The Tampa area, and Florida in general, is known worldwide for its beautiful waterways and boating activities. Sometimes, though, fun in the sun can get out of hand when boat operators take the wheel while intoxicated. According to the United States Coast Guard, alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating accidents… Read More »

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Preparing For A Sentencing Hearing In Florida

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Sometimes, despite the best efforts of yourself and your legal defense team, the facts and circumstances of a case lead to a guilty verdict, or a plea agreement admitting some level of culpability. Most people picture a defendant then being led away in handcuffs to serve out a sentence, like we see on TV… Read More »

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Opioid Litigation Defense For Doctors And Pharmacists In The Tampa, Florida Area

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Florida has always been a hot spot in the nation’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Over 5,000 drug overdose deaths are reported in Florida each year, with about 70% of those deaths linked to opioids. Opioids include morphine, opium, oxycodone, heroin, codeine, fentanyl and other controlled substances that link with opioid receptors in the body’s… Read More »

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What Is “White Collar Crime”?

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“White collar crime” is part of everyday legal parlance but not everybody is sure what it includes, or where the term comes from. The phrase “White Collar Crime” was first coined in 1939 by Edwin Sutherland in a presentation on business-related crime. Sutherland, a sociologist by trade, addressed a distinction between traditional “blue collar… Read More »

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Remembering Your Right To Remain Silent During A Criminal Investigation

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“You have the right to remain silent.” Aside from being something you hear while watching a crime drama, these are words you probably never want to hear said to you. If law enforcement is uttering these words, it is often with handcuffs jingling beside them and flashing lights in the background. The well-known “Miranda… Read More »

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Drug Possession In Florida: Legal Standards And Potential Defenses

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Drug crimes have long been a priority for law enforcement agencies in Florida, given the state’s high population, booming tourism industry, and proximity to drug trafficking routes. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports over 130,000 drug-related arrests each year in Florida, about 18,000 of those in the Tampa area alone. These offenses range… Read More »

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