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Is it Illegal to Threaten Someone?

If you find yourself facing charges for threats or intimidation in the state of Florida, you may wonder if the charges are actually justified—especially if you did not act on the alleged threats. After all, is it illegal just to threaten someone in Florida? As a matter of fact, making threats against others is prohibited by Florida law in many circumstances, regardless of whether any action has been taken to follow through on them. Therefore, any person faced with charges like these will find it necessary to consult with a reputable attorney to discuss their options for legal defense. But under what circumstances is it illegal to threaten someone? Familiarizing yourself with the basics of the Florida laws governing threats... Read More »

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Parole vs. Probation: What Is the Difference?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, July 23, 2021

If you are convicted of a crime in the state of Florida, parole and probation are two possibilities for legal penalties you may eventually face. In conversation, people may use these words interchangeably, but there is a significant difference between each of their legal definitions. So, what is the difference between parole vs. probation? Is one better or worse than the other? What do you have to do to qualify for parole or probation, and how can a lawyer help you while you are participating in either release? It is important to understand the potential consequences of any charges you are facing. Once you have a basic understanding of these two legal penalties, you will need to follow up with... Read More »

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Is it Legal to Sell a Gun Privately in Florida?

You may have heard by word of mouth that guns are more easily acquired by private sale in Florida. However, there are several laws designed to restrict the process and protect the safety of Florida residents when trading firearms. If you do not know these regulations, you risk significant legal penalties.  If you are wondering, “is it legal to sell a gun privately?” then you are in the right place for answers. Criminal defense attorney Mike G Law shares everything you need to know about Florida gun laws in this guide. This includes information on both the possession of particular firearms and initial sale. How Does Florida Law Define Gun Possession and Sales Listed below are the key legal restrictions... Read More »

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What Does It Mean to Make a No Contest Plea?

If you have been involved in a court case in Florida, you may have heard the term “no contest plea.” But what exactly does it mean, and when is it a good option?  No contest pleas may sound less straightforward than the well-known pleas of “guilty” and “not guilty.”  For the latter two, you are either admitting to guilt or proclaiming your innocence. Pleading guilty may be necessary when there is indisputable evidence against you and is often required in order to make a plea deal. However, there is a third option many people are not aware of—a no contest plea. What is a no contest plea? The name “no contest” comes from the Latin nolo contendere, which translates as... Read More »

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Florida Vehicle Carry Laws: Can You Keep a Gun in Your Car?

Florida has many gun-friendly laws—but you may still face severe consequences if you disobey those laws. Violating license laws, brandishing a weapon, or keeping a firearm improperly secured means you could face severe fines and even jail time. At Mike G Law, we see a lot of clients who are charged with weapon-related offenses. One of the most common questions our team hears is, “Can you carry a loaded gun in your car in Florida?” The answer to this is not as straightforward as it seems. To help eliminate some of the confusion around Florida’s gun laws and keeping loaded firearms in vehicles, the experts at Mike G answer your questions and explain the laws. Can you keep a gun... Read More »

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Understanding Actual vs. Constructive Possession of Drugs

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, May 27, 2021

Florida has some of the toughest drug laws in the country. Being found guilty of drug possession in Florida can lead to severe penalties—including heavy fines, extensive jail time, and other consequences that can impact the rest of your life. And, in Florida, it is possible to be arrested for a drug offense even if you did not “own” an illegal substance or have it on your person. That is because of the way the law defines possession.  Drug possession is actually split into two types of charges: actual possession and constructive possession. If you or a loved one is facing criminal drug charges, it is important to know the difference between actual and constructive possession, as well as what... Read More »

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What Happens If You Are Found Guilty Of Cybercrimes?

Cybercrime refers to any crime that involves using a computer or networked device to commit a criminal act or committing a crime that targets a computer. There are dozens of different types of cybercrimes, ranging from cyberbullying to hacking, fraud, theft, and more. Tampa criminal defense attorney Mike G is here to break down the various types of cybercrimes, how they are treated in a court of law, and what ramifications they could have for your life and career if you are found guilty. Major Types of Computer Crimes While there are many types of crimes that can be committed online or with a computer, they break down into four general categories: Computer and Internet Crimes Computer crime covers a... Read More »

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Is Possession of a Controlled Substance a Crime?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Controlled substances in Florida are subject to strict legal rules and regulations—but they are not always illegal to have in your possession. But being charged with the possession of a controlled substance that you are not cleared to own can be a serious offense, especially in Florida, which has some of the most stringent drug laws in the country. Possession charges can have severe consequences, including: Fines Prison time Driver’s license suspension Difficulties finding employment or housing But there can be a lot of confusion around what a controlled substance is and who is allowed to own and use them. If you are being charged with the possession of a controlled substance, it is important to understand what rights you... Read More »

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Accused of Sexual Assault Under Title IX? Here Is What to Do

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, March 26, 2021

Accusations of sexual assault under Title IX can have serious consequences and follow someone for the rest of their life. If you have been accused, you need professional legal representation on your side. A qualified Title IX sexual assault lawyer can protect your rights as a defendant and help you get a fair outcome. But how does Title IX work, and how does it define sexual assault? How can a lawyer help you if you have been accused? Today, we discuss these questions and why you should call a lawyer like Mike G. What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal civil rights law that is intended to protect students from discrimination based on sex. Any educational program that... Read More »

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How Long Does a Felony Stay on Your Record?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, February 26, 2021

If you are facing charges for a felony offense or have recently been released from a long sentence, you probably have a lot of questions about the impact a felony charge can have on your life and future.  More than 70 million Americans have a criminal record, so you are not alone. But a felony—which refers to a crime that carries a sentence of a year or more—can impact where you can live, where you can work, and every other aspect of your life.  If you have recently served time, the most important thing for you to do now is learn how those charges will affect you going forward. If you are currently facing charges, make sure you have an... Read More »