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Category: Criminal Defense

Understanding How a Bail or Bond Reduction Hearing Works
POSTED ON June 13, 2024

Courts have considerable discretion in setting the amount of bail or bond you must meet before you can be released from custody on your criminal charges in Florida. Guided only by the constitutional prohibition against unreasonable bail, courts are free to consider a variety of…

How Do You Challenge an Expert Witness?
POSTED ON January 15, 2024

Expert witnesses are a fixture in many cases involving complex factual situations, including criminal cases and personal injury lawsuits. If one party uses an expert witness, the other party will typically counter by retaining their own expert witness.  In a “battle of the experts,” the…

Understanding the Differences Between Civil vs. Criminal Cases
POSTED ON December 15, 2023

Unless you have legal training, you may not know much about how the law is divided into criminal and civil matters. Understanding the difference can help you identify which type of lawyer you need to locate when you need help with a legal issue.   What’s…

Attorneys Fees: When Can a Person Recover Their Fees from the Other Side?
POSTED ON April 12, 2023

The question of recovering attorneys’ fees from the opposing party in legal proceedings is influenced by various factors. These include the jurisdiction, the specific circumstances of the case, and the applicable laws.   Typically, there are two main ways in which attorney’s fees can be recovered…

Eleventh Circuit Decides Against Allowing Incentive Awards in Class Action Lawsuits
POSTED ON March 20, 2023

For over 50 years, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure recognized this principle by allowing the named plaintiffs who represent class members in a class action lawsuit to recover incentive pay. Now, a recent decision in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals threatens to undo…

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…