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Florida’s Red Flag Laws Are Put To The Test

With Florida’s “Red Flag” law nearing its two-year anniversary while more and more states (and the federal government) are contemplating enacting red flag laws of their own, the Sunshine State now has the entire country’s attention. Florida’s law, which has undergone some tweaks since it was first enacted shortly after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting, is being […]

Can Police Require You To Unlock Your Phone?

Major advances in technology like cell phones and drones can often leave law enforcement, lawmakers, and the judiciary struggling to catch up. Most recently, courts and legislative bodies throughout the U.S. have debated the following: Can police officers force civilians to unlock or otherwise grant access to their cell phones? Not necessarily, says one Florida appeals court. However, this […]

Fines May End Up Blocking Many Florida Felons Looking to Vote

In last year’s election, Florida citizens overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to most people that commit felonies after their sentence is complete. The amendment as approved by Florida voters would allow felons to vote “upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation” unless they had been convicted […]

Florida’s Marijuana-Impaired Driving Issue

In the past few years, marijuana-impaired driving has become a major issue in the state of Florida. According to preliminary data, marijuana played a role in about one of three drug-impaired accidents in 2018. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles revealed that 422 died in accidents where marijuana and other substances were […]

Florida Proposal Aims to Eliminate DUI Plea Deals

Bill DeMott, a former professional wrestler, lost his daughter to a drunk driver in 2015. Since then, he’s toured Florida high schools to warn students against the dangers of drunk driving and to honor his daughter’s memory. But recently, he’s also been spearheading a legislative effort to prevent defendants charged with certain DUI offenses from […]

How Can The Florida “First Step” Act Reduce Jail Overcrowding?

The Sunshine State has the third-largest prison population in the United States, largely the result of many “tough on crime” laws implemented in the 1980s and 1990s. While these laws did reduce the number of dangerous drugs being trafficked through the Florida peninsula and into the rest of the U.S., it also increased the number of […]

Could Threats Lead To A Misdemeanor Or A Hate Crime?

A recent unfortunate incident resulted in two 16-year-old high school students being charged with misdemeanor assault. Although the students admittedly exchanged inappropriate texts, whether or not their conduct meets the elements of a misdemeanor assault is questionable. According to a news report, the two students, who are white, were sending messages between themselves in which they […]

Possession of Cannabis Oil: Still a Felony

Recently, a Fire Rescue Lieutenant from Hillsborough County made the news when it was discovered he brought a botanical extractor to work. He was using it to convert marijuana into cannabis oil. Police officers called to the scene found two marijuana plants along with homemade cannabis oil. The lieutenant was arrested and charged with possession […]