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Month: December 2012

Can Brain Composition Affect a Defendant’s Outcome in Court?: Part I

The media has been buzzing over the past year about the impact that traumatic brain injury caused by repeated hits is having on contact sport athletes. In addition to dementia, head trauma is inspiring some veterans of professional contact sports such as football and hockey to become either suicidal, violent or both. In fact, several players have …

What Happens in States Without Stand Your Ground Type Laws?

In recent news, the controversial question of using hand guns as a form of protection for private citizens came to the forefront of Florida media with the controversial shooting of Trayvon Martin in the summer of 2012. Florida has had a “Stand your Ground” law on the books since 2005 as a means of protection …

Have a Great (and Safe) Holiday Season!

Please be careful this holiday season. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can put a damper on the end of the year and lead to a rotten new year. Whether you are out for a party, getting last minute gifts for your loved ones, please be very careful on our Florida roads. Unfortunately, …

Counterfeit Products Linked Directly to Organized Crime

Shopping online can be an excellent way to save money and time, if you know the merchandise. The old saying, “If it looks too good to be true – it probably is” is especially true when purchasing products on the Web. Federal agents have found that illegal counterfeits and knock-offs have quadrupled since 2009. Homeland …

Miranda is Not Just for Words Alone

When most people hear of Miranda warnings, they assume it relates to verbal interrogation by the police. A recent case came out of the Florida District Court of Appeals that examines what Miranda really means. The court explored Miranda warnings in great deal and highlighted the fact that interrogation for Miranda purposes refers not only to express …

Drug Investigation Leads to 29 Arrests in Osceola

Law enforcement personnel focusing on prescription drug fraud arrested 29 suspects in Osceola County, according to reports from the authorities. The group of arrested individuals had a structured and well-planned system that enabled them to print fake prescriptions for a variety of drugs, including oxycodone, hydromorphone and alprazolam. These prescriptions were then given to the …

DUI Breath Testing Challenge Rescheduled For February 5th

The Florida Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments this week over a challenge to the breathalyzer used to test for alcohol levels of three defendants. The trial judge had originally ruled that the manufacturer of the breathalyzers had to turn over the software used in the machine, so the defendants could to examine it …

None Injured after Seminole County School Bus Crash

Though we’ve heard many of these stories having tragic outcomes, fortunately no one was injured when a school bus driver with six special-needs children on board rammed into a power pole after the driver ran a red light in Seminole County. The accident caused power outages in the neighborhood and stalled traffic on the road. …

Theft in the Workplace: Reasons and Consequences

Stealing from your employer is not an official crime in the State of Florida. However Prosecutors and Judges treat it in a more serious manner than general theft charges. Why is that? We will explore the reasons and the potential penalties facing those who get charged with theft from their employers. Billions of dollars are …

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