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Theft in Florida and the Potential Consequences

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

From shoplifting to burglary, a charge of theft in Florida in any form can carry serious consequences including jail time, fines, and even long term implications you may never have thought of. Understanding these potential consequences of a charge for theft is important. The Tampa Bay Times has reported multiple examples of people who… Read More »

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When Can Police Search My Smartphone?

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

In this day and age, to say that cell phones are common is an understatement. According to the Pew Research Center, 95 percent of Americans now own a cell phone of some kind. And the number of Americans with smartphones has more than doubled since the Center’s initial survey in 2011 which identified just… Read More »

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Fighting an Indecent Exposure Charge

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

According to the Fort Myers News-Press, a Vermont couple was recently arrested for indecent exposure after allegedly having sex in front of other beachgoers in the water off Sanibel, Florida. In addition to being found partially nude, the couple reportedly acted aggressively toward Sanibel police officers. Indecent exposure is a serious charge that can… Read More »

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Tampa DUI Manslaughter Cases Must Be Thoroughly Investigated

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

As the infamous “2 drunk 2 care” offender serves her 24-year prison term, others who’ve done similar harm to innocent bystanders and other vehicles have served an average of 6 years in Miami-Dade County, with a statewide average of just below 10 years. DUI manslaughter, in fact, gets more than its fair share of… Read More »

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Understanding a Writ of Habeas Corpus

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

You’d be surprised how many individuals are unlawfully detained around the world. While we cannot speak about what happens in other countries, the United States unlawfully detains its citizens without formal charges far too often. An oft used court motion, the almighty writ of habeas corpus provides remedy for those confined to county jails… Read More »

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What to Do if Your Home is Raided in a Criminal Investigation

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

When police suspect that a person is participating in criminal activity, they will often obtain a search warrant in order to enter the person’s home and search for evidence. This process is better known as a “raid”. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pinellas County authorities raided a suspected drug house on Lewis Boulevard… Read More »

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Understanding Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

In light of a recent incident, Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law has once again been thrust into the spotlight. According to the Tampa Bay Times, authorities have released the surveillance video of a Lakeland city commissioner who fatally shot an alleged shoplifter. The shoplifter was reportedly shot as he tried to leave the store… Read More »

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Can You Be Criminally Liable for Someone Else’s Fatal Drug Overdose?

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

For the last few years, Americans have been setting new records – but not in a positive way. In 2016, there was a record number of drug overdose deaths nationwide according to the Center for Disease Control. Over 63,000 people died from fatal overdoses, and well over sixty percent of these deaths were the… Read More »

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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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