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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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Understanding the Consequences of Enabling Underage Drinking in Florida

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

This time of year, holiday parties are in full swing and many people are getting into a festive mood. It is not unusual for people to indulge themselves in alcoholic spirits while getting into the holiday spirit and there is nothing wrong with doing so responsibly once reaching the legal drinking age. However, this… Read More »

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The Need to Prevent Youth Firearm Tragedies and the Legal Implications You Can Incur As a Result

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

For all the potential benefits that come with firearms, we all know that they can also have negative consequences as a result of accidents which can happen to anyone. However, some firearm accidents are more dangerous than others. Perhaps the most tragic of these accidents are those that involve the youngest of our loved… Read More »

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The Reality of Being Convicted of a Sex Offense in Florida

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

In many cases, sex crime allegations are an unfortunate manipulation of innocent circumstances and the legal system. Regardless of the origin of the allegations, the conviction of a sex offense under Florida law is often accompanied by a prison sentence and fines. And even after an individual has finished serving a sentence and paying… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Florida’s Domestic Violence Battery Statute

By Donald C. Barrett, P.A. |

Even mere accusations of domestic violence can have a huge impact from the moment they are asserted, and a formal domestic violence charge can carry serious life-changing implications. There is no doubt that victims of domestic violence undergo tragedies that they have to recover from. However, people who are falsely accused of domestic violence… Read More »

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