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What are some ways a juvenile can be tried as an adult?

This post will examine in general terms how under Florida law a juvenile charged with the commission of a crime can be tried as an adult. You may be aware of the recent news story about a 16-year-old criminal suspect who might ordinarily be subject to the system of juvenile justice but whom prosecutors are considering trying as an adult

When mergers and acquisitions involve the U.S. government

The federal government wants a say when two Nevada companies join forces or one business acquires another. The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission review mergers and acquisitions. The agencies' chief concerns are about the effects of these business dealings upon the public.

Being accused of theft can be easier than you think

Theft crimes vary in Florida. They range from the relatively minor, such as petit theft or shoplifting, to the potentially serious – as measured by the potential for felony-level prison sentences and fines – such as grand theft. The degree of seriousness depends in part on the value of the allegedly stolen property, and to some extent on the circumstances under which it was taken from its rightful owner.

Trial tactics in drunk driving defense

The defense against charges of drunk driving begins well before trial, and includes gathering information through informal and formal means. What the defense attorney learns during pretrial preparation becomes important in determining what approaches to use when defending his client once the trial begins. This post covers some of the different strategies that your defense attorney may use on your behalf if you have been accused of a drunk driving offense.

Who has the burden of proof in "stand your ground" cases?

What constitutes "self defense" can vary from state to state. Florida is one state that does not impose on people a duty to retreat if they feel seriously threatened with harm by another; put another way, this state allows you to "stand your ground" in the act of self-defense.

What does "aiding and abetting" mean under Florida law?

People can have different degrees of involvement in crimes. Consider a scenario in which a group of people participates in various ways in robbing a jewelry store. One person pretends to be a customer before the event, and determines what kind of security the store has. Another commits the actual robbery. A third drives that person to and from the scene of the crime. And a fourth learns of the robbery after it has been committed and offers to provide a "safe house" where the robber can hide from police. What does the law have to say about their different levels of involvement?

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