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June 2015 Archives

Getting jury instructions right the first time can be critical

There is a saying among attorneys that "The devil is in the details." Sometimes this can refer to the need to carefully read a statute, regulation or court case; the failure to properly understand how the law works can lead to unfortunate consequences for the client in particular, but also for the attorney and in a criminal matter even the system of justice generally.

Shoplifting may seem minor, but it has serious consequences

Shoplifting is one of those crimes that people view as a minor, non-violent criminal offense. Unlike an armed robbery that brings to mind violence and threats of imminent physical harm, taking a 12-pack of beer from a convenience store without paying for it might not be thought of as being on the same level as a robbery, but it can be in Florida.

Florida woman the serious consequences of drug charges

Drug charges usually come about as a result of a police investigation and may include use of a search warrant to conduct a search and seizure of evidence. Rarely are police contacted by people seeking their help to complete drug offenses that have gone bad. Just such a rare event happened to sheriff’s deputies in one Florida community when they responded to a 911 call for assistance.

What is drug trafficking under Florida law?

Possession of drugs with intent to distribute is a serious criminal offense in Hillsborough County. It is a third degree felony that could result in a prison sentence for up to five years and a fine up to $5,000. If the amount of drugs you have in your possession exceeds a certain weight, police could charge you with drug trafficking. A conviction under the Florida drug trafficking statute is a first degree felony with a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and fines up to $50,000.

A primer on mergers

To succeed most businesses need to change and grow. These changes can take multiple forms depending on what type of business it is and the specific circumstances it finds that it is facing. In some situations the best way for a business to proceed is to merge with another one. This course of action can result in the generation of capital or a production savings. It can also lead to the businesses involved sharing information that makes competing in the market easier to do.

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