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House Arrest: Florida’s Community Control Program

The Florida Community Control Program places offenders under house arrest or electronic surveillance as an alternative to a traditional incarceration sentence. The program is the largest of its kind in the country, taking in about a thousand new prisoners each month. [i] As described by the Florida Department of Corrections, community control is “a form of […]

Classes of Felonies in Florida

Most states classify their felonies by class, ” a class D felony ” is a term that is often heard. Florida does not have Felonies that are classified by letter. Florida has five degrees of felonies. They are, felony in the third degree, felony in the second degree, felony in the first degree, life felony, […]

Misdemeanors and Finding a Job in South Florida

Finding a job with a criminal record can be very difficult. If you have had a misdemeanor in Miami, you need to understand the difficultly of finding a job and what to do about it. If you have had a misdemeanor case you need to think about the job situation before the case is resolved. […]

Violation of Probation in Florida

Probation in Florida In Miami and Fort Lauderdale, as well as throughout the state of Florida, a court may sentence a defendant convicted of a non-capital crime who does not pose a threat to society to probation as an alternative to incarceration. A defendant does not have a right to probation; rather, probation is described […]

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Florida

Communications between a client and his attorney are generally privileged under the attorney-client privilege, which is a legal and ethical concept that preserves the confidentiality of communications between a client and his attorney. This means that, in the absence of any exception or waiver, neither an attorney nor a client may be compelled to divulge […]

Underage Possession of Alcohol in Florida: Your FAQs Answered

  It’s no secret that South Florida is a party town. Between its idyllic beaches, recreational boating culture, vibrant nightlife, cultural and sporting events, and dozens of colleges and universities, it is certainly a fun area to live and play. Unfortunately, underage drinking is rampant. The police in South Florida take this problem very seriously […]

What to Do When You Are Pulled Over by the Police for a Traffic Stop

Pull over at a safe location: If a police officer indicates for you to pull over, put on your turn signal to drive to the nearest, safe location and pull over. If possible, pull over as far to the right as you can, so that when the officer approaches your driver’s side window he will […]

BUI (Boating Under the Influence): Your FAQs Answered

Is it illegal to drink alcohol while operating a boat? Provided that the individual consuming the alcohol is at least 21 years old, there is no Florida law that prohibits operating a boat while consuming alcohol; likewise, there is no Florida law that prohibits an individual from consuming alcohol while a passenger on a boat. […]

Petty Theft in South Florida

Petty theft in South Florida (petit theft) is a crime classified as a misdemeanor. It is the unlawful taking of another’s property that has a value of less than $300. Petty theft is divided into two degrees of crime. First degree petty theft is for property taken that has a value of under $300 but […]

What is an Expungement?

I have written a lot about the sealing and expunging of criminal records and criminal cases in Florida. Over the next few weeks I am going to answer, in as much detail as I can, the differences between sealing and expunging a record and how to expunge or seal a record. What is an expungement? […]