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July 2016 Archives

Domestic violence and temporary injunctions

When a person stands accused of domestic violence, their whole world is turned upside down. That's because one moment they may have been having a heated argument with their spouse or significant other in their home, and the next moment, they may find themselves in handcuffs being taken to the local police station.  

New Florida law places limits on civil forfeiture

On July 1, a new law, known as Senate Bill 1044, went into effect in Florida. The law-signed by Gov. Rick Scott on April 1-places limits on civil forfeiture. Civil forfeiture funds are money or property that law enforcement seizes if it suspects these things were acquired through criminal activity, such as a drug crime. Property that is seized can include anything from cash and jewelry to homes and cars. Each department's governing commission ultimately decides how the funds should be spent. Previously, under the old law, law enforcement only had to pay a $1,000 filing fee and demonstrate probable cause before seizing property. Authorities were able to seize property before even making an arrest or filing charges against the owner. 

Two incoming Gator recruits facing felony charges over property damage

It may seem hard to believe, but in roughly six weeks the college football season will officially kick off with Division I schools across the nation taking the first steps toward what they hope will be a winning season. If you have a hard time believing it, consider that the Florida Gators are scheduled to start team practices in a little over a week.

How does Florida law view shoplifting? - II

In our last post, we discussed how summertime boredom can bring kids of all ages to area big box stores and shopping malls in search of something to do. We also discussed how this can be problematic, as these young people, perhaps eager for a thrill, can sometimes pressure one another into shoplifting items of little or considerable value.

How does Florida law view shoplifting?

While kids of all ages -- from elementary school students to high school students -- can't wait for summer vacation to begin, this enthusiasm can quickly start to wane as the long days leave many with nothing to do. Indeed, many end up heading to local malls or big box retailers in search of a cure for their boredom, yet end up doing nothing more than wandering about aimlessly.

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