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In April of 2016, in a move lauded by many civil liberties groups and even some law enforcement agencies, Gov. Scott signed a new bill into law significantly reforming Florida’s civil forfeiture statute. The State of Florida is authorized to seize property connected to illegal activity through its civil forfeiture statute, Florida Statutes §§ 932.701-704. […]

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When law enforcement officers claim they smell marijuana during a traffic stop, they have the right, in the absence of any other circumstances, to search the individuals in the car as well as the interior of the car, pursuant to the holding in State v. Betz, 815 So. 2d 627 (Fla. 2002), a case decided by […]

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Whether you reside or vacation in Florida, you are required to drive here in a careful and prudent manner, while taking into consideration all attendant circumstances so as not to endanger life, liberty, or property. Failure to drive in such a manner constitutes Careless Driving under Florida law. Any driver that fails to drive carefully […]

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In Florida, a weapon is a “deadly weapon,” if it is used or threatened to be used in a way likely to produce death or great bodily harm.” Fla. Std. Jury Instr. (Crim.) 8.4. The use of a deadly weapon while making an intentional, unlawful threat, along with the apparent ability to complete the threat, […]

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Spring is well upon us. Thus, it’s the time of year when college students and older travelers alike make their way to Florida for Spring Break and vacation. However, throughout the state of Florida, from South Beach to Daytona Beach, things seem to have gotten a little crazier and more out of control in 2016. […]

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