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Posts tagged "felonies"

A strong defense for your federal criminal charge

When people find themselves accused of crimes in Florida, they are usually terrified of what the future may bring. When people find themselves charged with federal crimes, the level of terror increases because the potential penalties increase in severity. If you face a federal criminal charge, you may wish to consider contacting the attorneys at Escobar & Associates.

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.

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.

When can police use deadly force on a fleeing suspect?

The recent incident from another state in which a man apparently fleeing from a police officer was killed when the officer fired his pistol at him has made headlines nationally. One of the underlying questions invoked by the shooting is under what circumstances a police officer may use deadly force in general, and in particular against a fleeing suspect.

U.S. Supreme Court considers felon's firearm possession rights

Recently we posted about a decision of the Florida Supreme Court which would allow a convicted felon to use a firearm for self-defense under the state's "stand your ground" rule. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court is considering the case of a Florida man, regarding the question of whether a person convicted of a felony can transfer his firearms to the custody of someone else if he cannot regain possession of them himself.

The role of the grand jury in Florida felonies

It is probably safe to say that the average person in Tampa would be able to give a pretty accurate response if asked to describe the role played by trial jurors in a case involving a felony charge. If nothing else, most people have watched enough crime dramas on television to know that a trial jury hears the evidence presented by the prosecutors and the defense before reaching a verdict finding the accused guilty or not guilty of the charges.

Florida woman charged with felony murder

A Florida woman received a criminal charge of murder after one man shot another during a robbery attempt. The woman and a 23-year-old man met a month prior to the incident and eventually made another date to meet. The man arrived at the address, but, instead of a date, he was met by three men who allegedly attempted to rob him.

Miami football player faces drug charges

On April 19, a University of Miami linebacker was arrested for possession of marijuana. It is alleged that he possessed more than 20 grams of the drug, which means that the criminal charge will be prosecuted as a felony. The man was also charged with resisting arrest although documents state that he did not use violence. He was held pending payment of bail in the amount of $6,000.

After nearly 7 years, Safety Harbor man accused of murder

In May 2006, a Safety Harbor resident and his ex-wife vacationed on a Mediterranean cruise. They took an excursion together to Messina, Italy on May 25th. Two days later, the ex-wife's body was found off the coast of Paola. The ex-husband has since remarried. The man, 55 years old, now faces a criminal charge of murder for financial gain.The accused and the deceased were married from 1995 to 2001. Following their divorce, reports indicate they lived together intermittently up to the time of the cruise. After the incident, the accused told detectives that his companion was suicidal. The man was the last person to see his ex-wife alive. Police allege that he strangled his companion and threw her body overboard.

School district official avoids felony charge in plea deal

An official with a Florida school district who was arrested in July 2012 on suspicion of identity theft says that the accusations were a form of revenge from his former wife. The ex-wife, who claimed that the school district official used her personal data to obtain a loan without her permission, later cut off communication with prosecutors, leading to a plea agreement that included authorities dropping a felony charge against the defendant.

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