Police Questioning Pasco County, Florida

What do you do if the police want to question you? What happens if you receive a call or are otherwise asked to appear at a police station for questioning in a crime?  Should you go?  Should you bring an attorney?  Will they arrest you?  This blog will attempt to answer those questions

Since we offer free consultations (over the phone), we are often asked what a person should do if the police are asking … Read More

Prostitution $5000 Fine

Did you know that if you are arrested and plea to a solicitation of prostitution the court can impose a $5000 fine in addition to the other fines and court costs, probation, and community service hours, AND the sexually transmitted disease test? $5000 seems excessive to me, but a Second DCA  opinion from February 26, 2016 says it’s not.

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The case from Manatee county is about a man who pled no contest to first time … Read More

Why You Should Hire A Lawyer For Your Citizenship Application

Many people feel that immigration law is just a matter of filling out some forms and providing some documents to the government such as your birth certificate, marriage license and passport.  There are even some people who get duped into hiring small businesses claiming to “assist” in filling out immigration forms.  The problem with not hiring an experienced immigration lawyer is that what you don’t know about the answers you provide in your application could … Read More

What happens if your dog bites someone?

Anyone who knows me, knows I love dogs.  Here’s a recent photo of our newest dog Jasper, who we adopted (or adopted us) from the Pasco County Animal Services in September.  057

And here’s a picture of our other dog, Rosie, who we found tied to a dumpster outside of our office 8 years ago.

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Both dogs rule the house.  We plan our outings and vacations around the dogs, they sleep in Temperpedic beds, take long … Read More

Traffic Stops: How long can you be detained?

Like all things legal – It depends.  So let me give you an example from a recent appellate court decision out of Polk County – which is part of the Second DCA and binding on courts in Pasco and Pinellas Counties.

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Joey Villanueva was stopped for running a stop sign. An officer approached the car, asked for a driver’s license which Villanueva gave him.  The officer came back to the car and asked if Villenueva … Read More

10-20-Life: Unfair Florida Gun Laws

Years ago, Florida’s “tough on crime” legislature enacted a gun law called 10-20-Life, which says that if you possess a gun during the commission of a crime, it is automatically punishable by 10 years in prison, if the gun goes off, that’s 20 years, and if you shoot someone, that’s life (doesn’t matter if the person lives or dies).  On paper, this sounds like a good deterrent for those who might consider bringing … Read More

Juvenile Probation Sanctions

If a child is placed on probation the following are some of the requirements he or she might have:

juvenileNOTE THAT THE TIME TO ARGUE OR DISAGREE ABOUT THE CONDITIONS OF PROBATION IS NOT AT THE TIME THE CHILD PLEAS TO THE CRIME.  THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE MAKES A RECOMMENDATION LONG BEFORE THE COURT DATE.  IN MANY INSTANCES, AN EXPERIENCED JUVENILE CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY CAN NEGOTIATE THE CONDITIONS OF PROBATION. 

  1. Curfew: Curfews are usually
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Public Defenders v. Private Attorneys

I recently listened to a podcast by an experienced criminal attorney, who happens to be a public defender, named Elena Saris, talking about the differences between public defenders and private attorneys.  While her blog focused on statistics of the outcome of cases by each type of attorney and the inherent bias in the criminal justice system against poor people, she made a very good point about the perception of public defenders which is generally … Read More

Running from the Police

As we all know, running from the police can be a bad idea.  Along with whatever charges the police might be chasing you for, they will usually send a dog after you which will find you and bite you.  If you’ve ever seen the bites from a police dog, you probably would never run.

Flight from law enforcement can be used as evidence of guilt in a trial.  It will almost always allow the police … Read More

Traffic Stop for Dark Window Tint

Traffic Stop for Dark Window Tint

Let’s say you just bought a used car and the police do a traffic stop for dark window tint. You never had the windows tinted, the car came like that. Or let’s say you recently had the windows tinted by a reputable tint dealer. Then, in the middle of the day, you’re driving and get pulled over for what you think is no reason. Somehow, (either because you give … Read More

Probation Violations – Dirty Urine

When people hear about probation it sounds like a great alternative to jail or prison. But probation conditions are tough! Just the costs alone are enough to bankrupt most people.

Some of the conditions of probation are:

  • Fines and court costs, usually broken up into monthly payments (felony and misdemeanor costs are different but it starts at around $100 per month)
  • A monthly fee for the cost of supervising you on probation ($60)
  • Meeting with
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