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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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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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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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