Category: Civil Rights

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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 »

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What Is an Extreme Risk Protection Order?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Has someone filed an extreme risk protection order (ERPO) against you?  If so, you may have concerns about how this order will affect you, your life, and your rights. You may not be aware of what exactly an ERPO is or how it works.  Our team at Mike G Law has helped hundreds of defendants navigate their ERPOs and defend their rights.  Here, we will offer everything you need to know about extreme risk protection orders in Florida. What Is an Extreme Risk Protection Order? An extreme risk protection order is, put simply, a form of gun control. Also known as a “red flag” law, it is an order designed to keep firearms away from dangerous individuals.  Law enforcement or... Read More »

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Florida Protest Laws: Know Your Rights

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, July 31, 2020

The First Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that citizens have the right to peacefully assemble, protest, and speak their minds. Those rights are universal for all citizens—but there are certain Florida protest laws that go on to define protected and restricted protest activities.  Sometimes, individuals are arrested for violating protest laws and face criminal charges for legally engaging in protected expressions of free speech. If you’ve been arrested for protesting, you need a defense attorney on your side to protect your rights and freedoms from infringement. What Are Florida Protest Laws? Florida protest laws place limits on protected protest activities and outline what kinds of activities are not permitted or are otherwise restricted. In general, protestors are allowed to... Read More »

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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 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 »

How will entering a plea to a crime affect your civil rights?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Your civil rights. Your right to vote, serve on a jury, the right to possess firearms and the right to run for public office may be affected by your criminal case. How will entering a plea to a crime affect them? If you are convicted of a felony in State or Federal court while living in Florida your civil rights will be taken away from you. Basically, you will be disenfranchised by operation of law. If you apply to have your civil rights restored you must show three things to even be considered: 1. Any sentence of prison, probation and/or community control have been completed. 2. At least five years have passed since your sentence was completed and you have... Read More »