Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar on issues of Law and Politics from the perspective of historical political philosophers which reminded me that Crime and Punishment was not just some old book.  Some of the thinkers we discussed were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Francis Bacon, Emerson and Plato.  The ideas of other great writers and thinkers such as John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and even Russian greats such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, were interwoven in the … Read More

Culpable Negligence

Negligent Homicide

Many have heard the term Negligent Homicide in cases involving DUI or discharging of a firearm causing death. There is a specific term used in Florida criminal statutes known as Culpable Negligence that defines what kind of behavior can be criminally prosecuted if the negligent behavior causes death. The actual charge would be Aggravated Manslaughter, a first  degree felony, and the State would have to prove that you caused the death of another acting … Read More

Judgment

Crime and Judgment: Hot Car Death in Palm Harbor, Florida

The judgments we make about those who are accused of crimes is interesting.  During an exercise class yesterday, I overheard two women talking about the recent death of a child left in a hot car, in Palm Harbor, Florida. They were saying how horrible it was that the father had been arrested. How no punishment the government could give would ever be more than he punished himself.  (One of the women knew the man).   Also, … Read More

Hand Gun Auction

George Zimmerman Auctions Gun

Return of Firearms After Criminal Charges Dropped

In the strangest twist of the remarkable life of George Zimmerman, the Orlando man charged and acquitted for killing an unarmed teenager in 2013, Zimmerman has decided to auction the gun used to kill the boy. What???? Who does that? Who advertises and profits from killing another person?  I think he needs a competency evaluation  before he’s allowed to buy another gun. The auction was set today at … Read More

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

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

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