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Boyfriend arrested after death of missing Florida park ranger

There are many people in Florida who may, rather suddenly, find themselves in need of a defense to criminal charges. Such is the case for a man who was taken into custody in Hamilton County recently, and the charges he might be facing are some of the worst anyone could face.

Take the right steps in the aftermath of an arrest in Florida

Being arrested and charged with a crime can be a traumatic experience for most people. After all, not many people have contact with law enforcement and the judicial system on a regular basis, so when these types of encounters do occur people may be nervous, anxious and generally unprepared for how to act. But, as long as arrestees can keep their wits about them during their interaction with law enforcement, they may be able to reach a positive resolution.

The evidence that can be used in your criminal defense strategy

When Florida residents are arrested and face criminal charges, their immediate thoughts will go to how the arrest will impact their lives. For some, family relationships will be strained. For others, they could lose their job. An arrest - even without a conviction - can have a significant impact on a person's life. However, in processing the arrest and the consequences, Florida residents will need to begin planning a criminal defense strategy.

The right approach to a criminal defense strategy

It is an unfortunate reality that thousands of Florida residents will be arrested each year. An arrest can have a significant impact on a person's life, potentially causing them to lose their job or even affecting child custody arrangements, among other potential consequences. But, the good news is that an arrest is not a conviction - every Florida resident has the constitutional right to present a criminal defense.

Three Floridians facing serious drug charges after search

Most Floridians have probably heard about the opioid epidemic that many claim is spreading throughout the country. While many are concerned about the health effects of this ever-growing problem, others see it as a looming legal problem. After all, in an attempt to curb the problem, law enforcement officials are aggressively pursuing those they believe to be furthering the spread of drugs in the community. This work is admirable, but it can also lead to the trampling of accused individuals' legal rights. Criminal defendants may need to rely on these violations in order to put forth a strong defense and, hopefully, suppress otherwise compromising evidence.

Florida firm providing competent criminal defense services

Putting forth a strong criminal defense requires dedication, legal know-how and skill. One element of this defense, as we discussed previously on the blog, is knowing the rules of evidence, which includes hearsay. Without raising proper objections to hearsay and responding appropriately to such objections, as well as failing to find exceptions to hearsay, one's criminal defense can be significantly diminished. This means that lacking the knowledge and skill to address this one seemingly minor issue can leave one susceptible to conviction and the penalties that accompany it.

What is hearsay and why is it important?

If you've been charged with a criminal offense, then you are probably considering your criminal defense options. Researching these options and making important decisions can be challenging, though, especially if you have very little or no legal experience of your own. If that is the case, then you may not know what to look for when choosing an attorney to represent you, which can place you at a significant disadvantage. This week we want to discuss one important legal concept that is crucial for your defense attorney to know and understand: hearsay.

How to determine if a plea bargain is right for you

Those who are accused of committing a crime can find themselves facing aggressive prosecutors who diligently work to build strong cases. This means that the evidence mounted against a criminal defendant can be quite extensive. Yet, it is important to know that even in cases where the evidence makes it look like an individual is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, there may be criminal defense options available to him or her.

Pre-trial diversion may lead to dismissed charges

Drug crimes are taken seriously in Florida, which means that those who have been accused of committing one of these offenses has a lot at stake. Failing to properly defend one's self can result in the imposition of harsh penalties, which may include fines, damage to one's reputation and prison. Therefore, it is imperative that these accused individuals understand the criminal defense options available to them, lest they want their lives to be negatively affected for a long time to come.

Florida teens arrested after allegedly making threats

A conviction for any criminal offense can lead to negative consequences. Yet, juveniles who wind up facing allegations of criminal wrongdoing can have a lot at stake. First of all, these young individuals may not know that what they are doing is a criminal offense, if they've done anything wrong at all. Yet, if they are convicted of a juvenile crime they can wind up facing harsh penalties, as well as a record that can drastically affect their future. Their reputation can be damaged, too, which may be something that is hard to repair at a young age. With so much on the line, juveniles who have been accused of a criminal act should carefully consider their criminal defense options.

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