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The Charge of Attempted Murder

Murder: The unlawful and intentional taking of human life.  No crimes are considered more serious than murder, in fact, it is one of only a few crimes which are punishable by death. If a person attempts to take the life of another human being but is unsuccessful, they can be charged with attempted murder.  While not quite as serious of...

Sealing or Expunging Adult Criminal Records in Florida

Orlando Criminal Defense Attorneys

Under some circumstances, in the state of Florida, a person may qualify to have their criminal record expunged or sealed.  Once a record is sealed, the general public will not be able to view it, however, access to the record will still be available to most government agencies.  If a criminal record is actually expunged then it is not...

Possession of a Controlled Substance: Drug Possession

Generally speaking, a controlled substance is defined as a chemical or drug whose use, possession or manufacture is regulated by the government.  Examples of a controlled substance would be prescription medications that are designated as a controlled drug, or illicitly used drugs.  However, there are exemptions to this definition. For some controlled substances their possession and use are legal,...

Perjury: Laws and Penalties

Perjury is the crime of telling a lie while under oath.  While it may seem that telling a lie is not serious enough to be considered a crime, the truth is that the act of lying under oath can completely wreak havoc with discovering the truth, which is the cornerstone of the American justice system.  Because of this, perjury...

Marijuana Possession: Laws & Penalties

According to 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), there 22.2 million marijuana users, aged 12 or older, in the United States at that time, making it the number one illegal drug in the country, with ranking based on the number of users. While some states have legalized or decriminalized certain forms of marijuana use, under federal law...

Florida Statutory Rape Laws

The State of Florida has legal statutes in place regarding statutory rape that govern the age of consent in Florida, criminal charges that are associated with statutory rape, the defenses available to those accused of statutory rape-related crimes and the legally allowed penalties for statutory rape convictions. According to Florida Statutes, it is against the law for an adult to...

Felony Classes: Charges and Penalties

In the United States, a two-tier system is used to classify crimes.  Less serious crimes are classified as misdemeanors and more serious crimes are classified as felonies.  The differences between are considerable. Type of Incarceration: When a person is incarcerated for committing a misdemeanor, their incarceration will take place in either a local or county jail.  A sentence of...

Expungement or Sealing of Adult Criminal Records

Orlando Criminal Defense Attorneys

If a person has a criminal record, they may find it beneficial to have their record sealed or expunged as this would allow them to honestly answer “no” in situations where they may be asked to divulge any criminal history that they may have.  For example, applying for a job or attempting to rent an apartment. Not every type...

Drug Trafficking Laws

It is commonly thought that “drug trafficking” and “drug dealing” are the same thing.  However, under the defines of the law, that is not the case.  Every state has enacted laws to punish the activity of drug trafficking, but depending on the state that the crime is committed, the laws differ widely. So, if drug trafficking and drug dealing are...

Crystal Meth Possession: Penalties and Defense

Commonly known as crystal meth, ice, speed, crank or glass, methamphetamine is an extremely addictive drug and is considered a controlled substance, except with obtained with a prescription.  Not only is the possession, sale of or manufacture of crystal meth illegal, it is also illegal to possess the specific combination of chemicals that are used to manufacture this exceptionally...