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What Is the Suspended Imposition of a Sentence?
POSTED ON November 20, 2022

Although many criminal convictions in Florida come with jail or prison time, judges have the discretion to issue alternative measures that can keep many individuals out of custody. Under Florida sentencing guidelines, courts can offer a suspended imposition of a sentence (SIS). This option allows…

Florida’s Repeat Offender Laws
POSTED ON November 7, 2022

In Florida, people who repeatedly commit criminal offenses face added penalties. Due to strict mandatory minimum statutes, multiple convictions can result in severe penalties, including extra jail time for felonies. If you've been charged with multiple offenses in Florida, you should consult with a dedicated…

What Could Happen If I Fail to Appear in Court?
POSTED ON October 20, 2022

If you’re fortunate enough to be out on bond while you await your criminal trial, make sure to attend every court hearing and every day of your trial. If you don’t show up, you will likely have a warrant issued for your arrest, and you…

What Are Indeterminate and Determinate Prison Sentences?
POSTED ON October 10, 2022

Florida’s historical shift from indeterminate sentencing to determinate prison sentencing eliminated a parole board’s discretion regarding terms of imprisonment actually served by defendants. Understanding the difference between the two types of sentencing guidelines can help you better understand how things seen in television and movies…

What Is the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Court?
POSTED ON September 20, 2022

Courts deal with many different cases, from minor infractions like speeding tickets to divorces, lawsuits, and everything in between. When it comes to where and how cases are heard, there are two types of courts – criminal and civil. Knowing the differences between civil and…