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Monthly Archives: October 2018

DUIAccident

DUI Arrests Plummet in South Florida Thanks to Ridesharing

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

With Tampa clubs staying open late into the night, finding an alternative means to safely return home was challenging 15 years ago. Public transportation shut down early and taxicabs often had hour-long waits, making driving home a fascinating proposition after an evening of heavy drinking. Unfortunately, it was a risky proposition that led to… Read More »

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How Florida Courts Treat Probation Violations

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Offenders find probation an appreciated alternative to prison, and Florida finds placing persons on probation keeps jails from overcrowding. It’s usually a win-win for both parties; however, when probationers violate the strict terms of their release, another court battle ensues to decide whether terms of probation were violated, or if violating the offender was… Read More »

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GunCharges

Can Weapons Be Admitted Into Evidence if Not Used in Crime?

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

When prosecutors present cases where weapons were used in the commission of an underlying offense, additional weapons owned by defendants are sought for admission into evidence. In admitting this evidence, the State of Florida is attempting to show that a defendant exhibits a pattern of gun ownership while attacking their credibility. As we look… Read More »

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Juvenile

Flooding Adult Court with Juvenile Crimes Needs to End

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Well over 1,000 young offenders, many of whom committed ‘wobbler’ offenses, were tried in adult courts last year, signaling a need to reform the criminal justice system to divert younger persons into juvenile court more frequently. With House Bill 509, juvenile crimes could have been adjudicated at their own courts, with some trepidation. Had… Read More »

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