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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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Are You a Florida Resident Who Happens to be a Convicted Felon? Big Changes Are Here Regarding Your Right to Vote

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

In your past, you made an unfortunate mistake that led to you incurring a felony charge. By the time you were sentenced, you likely knew the potential incarceration terms associated with your charge and you probably were not surprised if your felony conviction was accompanied by a prison term, even if you didn’t quite… Read More »

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Opioid Addiction is Now the Leading Cause of Preventable Deaths in America: Spotlighting the Symbiotic Relationship Between Opioid Addiction and Criminal Charges

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

It is no secret to most Americans that our nation has been facing an opioid crisis in recent years. But that does not negate the disturbing report recently addressed by the Tampa Bay Times. According to the Times article, the odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose are now higher than the odds… Read More »

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The Penalties for Criminal Mischief in Florida

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

We have all heard stories of scorned lovers who slashed tires and started fires with their ex’s property. And a common theme in many aspects of pop culture, from movies to music, involves people who believe that they have been jilted becoming so angry with someone else that they physically destroy that person’s property…. Read More »

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Defending a Sexual Cyberharassment Charge in Florida

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

In the day and age of the national #MeToo movement, sexual harassment accusations are not unusual. The Tampa Bay Times recently reported that the former City Commissioner of Madeira Beach was publicly censured after allegedly committing sexual harassment that included groping and licking the face of a former city manager. The alleged harassment reportedly… Read More »

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What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Confidential Informant

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Being charged with a crime that has the potential for a lengthy sentence is an unpleasant prospect for even the most experienced accused criminal. No one wants to deal with the significant financial and time constraints that defending a criminal charge can entail. Therefore, it is understandable why if you have become the object… Read More »

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The Updates Resulting From a Recent Florida Supreme Court Decision in Relation to Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Stand Your Ground laws are inherently controversial and changes that occur to them will likely always attract substantial attention. The most recent Florida Supreme Court decision centering on this topic is no different and has already gained attention from news outlets all over the country. What is a Stand Your Ground Law? A Stand… Read More »

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The Un-romantic Side of Teacher-Student Relationships and the Recent Investigation that Will Affect Scrutiny of Them in the Future

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Teacher-student relationships are often romanticized as a forbidden love story in books and movies. In reality, however, these relationships are usually illegal as the student has not yet reached an age where he or she can legally consent to the relationship. There is nothing romantic about the potential consequences as even a mere accusation… Read More »

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