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The Prior Misconduct of an Arresting Officer Can Help You Avoid Criminal Liability

Posted May 31, 2018Criminal Defense

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime in Florida, there are a number of defenses that may be available to you (depending on what crimes you have been charged with) — for example, if you have been charged with simple drug possession, then you could potentially avoid criminal liability by showing that the arresting officer did not establish reasonable suspicion before stopping you, or by showing that the arresting officer did not establish probable cause before conducting a search of your person (or vehicle).

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The Marital Communications Privilege in Florida

Posted April 27, 2018Criminal Defense

If you have been charged with a crime, whether in Florida or elsewhere, it’s quite natural to feel a bit “overwhelmed” or “nervous” about the prospect of criminal litigation — after all, the consequences of criminal litigation can be life-altering.  Failure to effectively counter the prosecution’s arguments and have the charges dismissed can lead to a conviction and, subsequently, a sentence that involves a term of imprisonment, probation, or both.

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Manatee County unlikely to fund new deputies at schools

Posted April 26, 2018Criminal Defense

Commissioners set to vote on motion to notify school board of unwillingness to pay for new officers.    

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Gunshots & Fighting At Lido Beach

Posted April 26, 2018Criminal Defense, Sarasota

On Sunday April 23rd, 2018, gunshots erupted during the sunset after a brawl between two groups 

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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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