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Failed COVID-19 Curfew in Hillsborough County: What Happened? 

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A lot has changed over the past several weeks. However, even during times of distress, it’s important to ensure that those in power adhere to the rule of law. A pandemic is not carte blanche to override established legal or operating procedures. The previously enacted curfew in Hillsborough County is one such governmental overreach—and it was lawyers and regular citizens that raced to the front line to ensure that our liberties were protected. Hillsborough County Overnight Curfew In response to hearing that groups were still gathering despite statewide safer at home orders, the Emergency Policy Group voted 5 to 3 to establish a mandatory county-wide curfew as opposed to adopting its own stay at home order. This curfew went into... Read More »

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Florida Court Process During COVID-19

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, April 30, 2020

As the nation works toward reopening the economy over the coming months, the Florida court system is also trying to determine how to move forward while simultaneously protecting the individuals who work in the justice system and those who are entering the system. For now, the criminal process remains different than before the pandemic hit our shores, and what it may look like in the coming months remains uncertain. At the same time, it is important that those who are charged with a crime are granted swift justice. In fact, it’s enshrined in the constitution. The Florida court system is aware of this and has enacted policies to help ensure that the court can remain in session while still keeping... Read More »

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How Firearms Affect Your Sentencing

In many ways, Florida seems like a refuge for gun enthusiasts. With a strong Stand Your Ground law, an open carry law on the books, a healthy hunting grounds, Florida has a healthy relationship with firearms. However, the state also takes the unlawful possession or use of firearms very seriously.  If you are charged with a criminal offense and are believed to have had a firearm in your possession or to have used a firearm in the commission of the offense, the severity of your charges may be increased, leading to a lengthier sentence if you are found guilty. In this article, we’ll discuss how firearms affect your sentencing and the best way to protect yourself should this situation ever... Read More »

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Florida Embezzlement Charges: What They Mean and What You Should Do

If you’re charged with embezzlement in Florida, it’s crucial that you take it seriously. Part of that means understanding what you’re charged with and what your next steps should be. What is Embezzlement? Embezzlement occurs when an individual entrusted with money or property because of their position (employment) or relationships takes ownership of or “borrows” that money or property without permission of the owner. A few key elements to an embezzlement charge include the way something is stolen, even if it stays visible or in the presence of the owner.  If someone has a claim to the money, for example, and someone is using it, the owner might not know if any is missing if they’re not keeping track. In... Read More »

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Understanding Solicitation Laws in Florida

Most states have laws to ward off citizens from hiring prostitutes, a profession which is illegal in all 50 states. Basically, by punishing the Johns that solicit sexual services, the state aims to somehow curb that industry (whether that’s working is another story). Regardless of whether you think escort services should be legal or not, understanding solicitation laws in Florida can help keep you out of jail. In this article, we’ll cover the actual meaning of solicitation in Florida, what it entails and what can happen if you’re charged with solicitation. For the most up-to-date legal advice, however, you should contact Mike G Law. What is Considered Solicitation in Florida? In the state of Florida, solicitation is fairly clear and... Read More »

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Florida Rape Laws: How to Protect Yourself Legally

Being charged with rape can ruin your life. Even if you’re found not guilty, people may treat you differently. Case in point: Kobe Bryant. Talk of his untimely death in a helicopter accident inevitably led to a rehashing of rape charges stemming from a 2003 allegation. The case was dropped because the alleged victim refused to testify. He was never tried for sexual assault (though he did settle a civil lawsuit with the alleged victim), however, he was quickly labeled a rapist. Even after his death, there are plenty of articles about the alleged crime despite the case being dropped. And that’s a man with millions in the bank. How can a regular Joe fight rape charges? Rape, or sexual... Read More »

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What is a Violation of Probation in Florida?

Probation isn’t quite freedom, but most would agree that it’s a lot better than being locked up. While there are a lot of rules that come along with probation, understanding them and knowing what constitutes a probation violation can help you prioritize your probation activities and stay on the right side of the law. What is Probation? Probation is a court-mandated supervision that requires an individual to abide by certain restrictions and to check in regularly with a probation officer. A judge may sentence an individual to probation instead of incarceration or in addition to incarceration. While probation is better than incarceration for most individuals convicted of the crime, some find the regulations too restrictive and have trouble adhering to... Read More »

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What is a Felony? Understanding Florida Law  

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Thursday, February 13, 2020

It’s tough to know the difference between the various degrees and classes of broken laws. We all know that something like murder is wrong and worth a hefty punishment, but how does Florida classify various forms of murder and other crimes?  Instead of breaking down the differences between a type of crime, it’s much easier to understand the state’s approach to felonies and misdemeanors. In this post, we’ll be covering felonies, which crimes fall under this class, and the typical punishment for crimes classified as felonies. What Classes of Felonies Exist in Florida Law? In Florida, a few different degrees of felony charges exist.  A third-degree felony is the lowest class of felony permitted under Florida law. Drug possession and... Read More »

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Florida Risk Protection Orders: Everything You Should Know

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, the state legislature passed FL Statute 790.401 (also known as the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act) in an attempt to reduce the possibility of a similar event by allowing law enforcement to confiscate firearms and ammunition for individuals a court deemed dangerous. This act calls for individuals to report their suspicions about a perceived dangerous person to law enforcement, who must then investigate and ask for a risk protection order from the court if they see fit. What is a Risk Protection Order? A risk protection order is a court order that requires an individual (the “respondent”) to surrender their firearms to the authorities as... Read More »

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Lewd and Lascivious Behavior: What It Is and When It’s a Crime

Florida sex crimes are covered under multiple statutes and under different names than what we may expect. While most people understand what sexual assault or statutory rape is, what is meant by lewd and lascivious behavior is a bit unclear because of its name. Here’s what you need to know about lewd and lascivious behavior and the crimes that fall under it. What is Lewd and Lascivious Behavior? Lewd and lascivious behavior, at its most basic, is inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature where the victim is someone under 16 years old. Florida Statute 800.04 divides lewd and lascivious behavior into four categories: Lewd and Lascivious Battery (sexual activity with a child under 16 or forcing a child under 16... Read More »