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A Clean Slate — Expunging and Sealing Your Criminal Record in Florida

Posted March 30, 2018Criminal Defense

In Florida, and throughout the country, those who have a criminal record — whether they have simply been arrested or charged and convicted — may have to deal with a number of unexpected difficulties.  Oftentimes, criminal offenders struggle with the process of reintegrating into society.  The details of their criminal case(s) are accessible to the public, after all, and they may be required to disclose aspects of their criminal record to employers.

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Veteran prosecutor fired for comments about superiors

Posted March 22, 2018Criminal Defense, Sarasota

Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Loeffler, a 21-year veteran prosecutor, said she was fired for comments she made about her superiors the day before over drinks with other prosecutors while celebrating her birthday.  

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Sarasota Sheriff's Office Gears Up For Spring Break

Posted March 22, 2018Sarasota

With its limited land, Sarasota has been seeing a very large increase in the number of Spring Breakers visiting Siesta Key Beach.

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Criminal Liability for Culpable Negligence in Florida

Posted February 28, 2018Criminal Defense

In Florida, as is the case elsewhere, criminal defendants may be held liable for injuries caused to others as a result of their severe disregard for the safety of others — put another way, injuries that arise from their “culpable negligence.”  Culpable negligence is a crime that many are unfamiliar with.  It’s important to understand how culpable negligence works, however, as it can apply to situations where the defendant may not realize that criminal liability is possible.

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Thunder By The Bay 2018

Posted February 15, 2018Sarasota

Suncoast Charities for Children has announced the official event schedule for the 20th Annual Thunder By The Bay Motorcycle Festival scheduled for February 15-18, 2018. This event continues to honor veterans, active duty military and first responders. The two day Festival portion of the weekend, being held at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds, will continue to offer free admission to the general public.

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1-800-ASK-GARY DUI Arrest

Posted February 8, 2018DUI

MANATEE COUNTY - Gary Kompothecras, also known as the founder of 1-800-ASK-Gary was arrested on Thursday morning on a DUI charge.    

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A Look at Criminal Attempt

Posted January 31, 2018Criminal Defense

In Florida, as in other states, you can be held criminally liable for attempting (but failing) to commit a crime, or otherwise engage in illegal activity.

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Law Enforcement Must Have Probable Cause to Search Your Vehicle in Florida

Posted December 29, 2017Criminal Defense

Have you been charged with a crime based on evidence that was secured by law enforcement in a search of your vehicle conducted at a traffic stop?  If the law enforcement officers did not have reasonable suspicion to make the traffic stop, and probable cause to justify the search your vehicle, then the search may have been illegal.  Evidence secured by law enforcement officers during an illegal search can be suppressed, which can significantly benefit your criminal defense arguments.

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Criminal Trespass: Understanding the Basics

Posted November 30, 2017Criminal Defense

In Florida, it is a crime to trespass upon another’s property.  Trespass may seem like a minor violation, but depending on the circumstances and the nature of the violation, the criminal trespass violation may be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony and expose you to substantial criminal penalties that include incarceration and fines.

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The Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege in Florida

Posted October 31, 2017Criminal Defense

In Florida, criminal defendants may be able to exclude damaging evidence from being introduced on the basis of an evidentiary privilege.  One privilege that often applies to Florida criminal defendants is the psychotherapist-patient privilege.

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