In the state of Florida, when someone harms another person and/or has the intent to harm another person, then the charges filed are assault, battery or both. Assault is when someone has the intent to harm someone or makes someone fear that they will be harmed. Battery is when actual physical contact is made, inflicting harm on another person.
A criminal conviction can affect finding a new job or getting an apartment. Even criminal charges without a conviction can haunt you as you try to move forward with your life. One way to put the past behind you is to take the necessary steps to have your record expunged.
The Florida House of Representatives could consider a new bill that would force first time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicle in the wake of a conviction. Currently the Florida law forces first time DUI offenders to place a ignition interlock device in their car if their blood alcohol content was 0.15 or higher, or if a minor was present at the time of the DUI. This new law would be a blanket rule forcing any first time DUI offender to install an ignition interlock device.
In some celebrity news that crosses over into the criminal defense realm, the daughter of Laurence Fishburne -- a well-known actor known for his iconic performance as Morpheus in "The Matrix" -- was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend. According to the report, Montana Fishburne blew two breath tests that were significantly over the 0.08 blood alcohol limit.
In the state of Florida, is it relatively simple for an heir or family member of a deceased person with assets to contest a last will. You will, of course, need the help of an experienced probate and estate planning attorney to review the circumstances and file with the courts if you are contesting a will.
A common talking point about the "War on Drugs" or drug crimes in general is the amount of legal punishment that should be applied to someone accused and/or convicted of drug crimes. People who are accused of such crimes face a mountain of penalties, from extensive jail time to massive fines and other legal penalties. There are also mandatory minimums in some cases, where no matter the circumstances of the case, the individual accused faces many years in prison as a base punishment.
While the following story didn't occur in the state of Florida or in southwest Alabama, it still holds importance to many people who are accused of white collar crimes -- especially tax evasion.