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Monthly Archives: April 2019

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Updates in Criminal Justice Reform – Understanding the Proposed Bills That Could Raise Florida’s Theft Felony Threshold

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Theft – a crime that may also be called burglary, robbery, larceny, or stealing – is a very real criminal offense in the Sunshine State. For example, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a larceny was committed every minute and 20 seconds in the Sunshine State in 2017. However, the kind of… Read More »

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Potential Criminal Liability For Good Samaritans in Florida

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that the Good Samaritan who turned armed Samaritan on a recent Sunday will not face charges after shooting a 63-year-old man whom he initially tried to help. In an ironic twist, Largo police have instead asked the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office to determine whether the 63-year-old should be… Read More »

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A Recent Supreme Court Case and What You Should Understand About Civil Forfeiture

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that the Temple Terrace Police Department seized almost $400,000 in cash and 18 pounds of marijuana from the hotel room of a murder victim on civil forfeiture grounds. The Temple Terrace Police Department had no further comment on the forfeiture case beyond stating that it acted under a… Read More »

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