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October 2015 Archives

Prosecutors have an edge in possession of drug paraphernalia case

Prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in Florida take drug charges very seriously. When it comes to a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, a statute that offers such a broad definition of drug paraphernalia that common, everyday items can get you into trouble aids the state.

Felony terroristic threats and Florida House Bill 1113

House Bill 1113 went into effect on October 1, 2015. This bill outlines a new definition for the meaning of “terroristic threats” in Florida, and provides guidelines for restitution that will be paid in the event that threats are made. This could affect any person charged with making terroristic threats in the state.

Will the new ACA provisions affect your business?

For many businesses, December is the beginning of tax season; not January. This is likely because their fiscal year ends with the last month of the year. Also, December can be a hectic month for businesses because of the holiday season, which means that they must work diligently to balance work schedules with time off.

Plea negotiations to avoid mandatory minimum sentences

Judges are supposed to have the discretion to impose penalties after a criminal conviction that is appropriate given the circumstances of the defendant and the facts of the case. Mandatory minimum sentencing requirements for some criminal charges in Florida remove that discretion from judges.

Why a skilled attorney is valuable in company mergers

The Fed’s recent decision to hold off on raising interest rates will likely continue the fervent pace of mergers and acquisitions across a number of industries. After all, as long as money remains relatively inexpensive, and opportunities for businesses to protect themselves still remain, companies will continue to hedge their bets and seek partners to join up and targets to acquire.

What you post on the Internet could have long-term consequences

Changes and additions to the criminal laws in Florida that are designed for the protection of victims of domestic violence and for the prevention of harassment over the Internet may have long-term consequences if you are charged with violating them. The laws restrict your right to post photographs of other people without their permission and clarify what “no contact” means when judges include it in pretrial release orders in domestic violence cases.

US. Supreme Court to review Florida death penalty case

In Florida, as in many other states, the death penalty is a legal sanction that can be applied in cases of capital murder. But who gets to make the decision – the jury, or the judge? That is the crux of a Florida death penalty case that the U.S. Supreme Court will be considering during his current term.

Address your business planning needs, talk to an attorney

If you're considering taking the first steps toward starting your own business, let us first congratulate you. Starting a business can be a massive undertaking but one most people hope will pay out in the long run. But if you think simply running a business will present you with more than enough challenges, consider for a moment the legal challenges you could face when starting up your company.

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