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Types of felony probation in Florida and noncompliance penalties

People convicted of felony criminal acts in Florida might be sentenced to serve probation instead of having to go to prison. Probation is sometimes referred to as community supervision. When participating in the program, they must ensure that they comply with specific requirements.

There are different types of supervision that fall under Community Corrections, which is a part of the Florida Department of Corrections. The probationer will serve a specific amount of time on the program, as ordered by the court.

7 best practices during a traffic stop

You have probably been pulled over at some point in your life. You drove to the side of the road, put your car in park and reluctantly waited for the police officer. But did you know the best way to behave from that point forward?

Traffic stops are routine and common, but they can sometimes escalate and go south. Luckily, there are several ways you can help a traffic stop go as smoothly as possible.

Drugged driving is illegal in Florida, even on legal drugs

When people think about impaired driving, they usually think about alcohol as the impairing substance. This isn't the only substance that can lead to a driver being too intoxicated to drive. Drugs, including marijuana, prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs, can also lead to a person being unable to operate a motor vehicle.

Florida laws stand firm on the topic of impaired driving, regardless of the cause. You can face a criminal charge for driving under the influence of these drugs. This means you are facing a driver's license suspension, time in jail and fines.

Which Florida professions are subject to licensing and review?

Floridians, like all Americans, have certain basic rights when it comes to criminal charges brought against them. Your rights protect you from improper behavior on the part of law enforcement, aggressive government searches and facing criminal charges more than once for the same offense.

Known as "double jeopardy," the right to avoid more than one trial for the same offense is an important protection offered under the Fifth Amendment. However, many people misunderstand the concept of double jeopardy and how it actually affects their life. It only refers to your right to be free from prosecution related to the same crime more than once.

What is a status offense in the juvenile justice system?

Having a child who is involved in the juvenile justice system is rather challenging. You have to think about what's best for your child, and sometimes that won't align with what the court system thinks is best. During this time, you must ensure that you know what options you have and what possibilities exist so that you can make informed decisions.

The type of case your child is facing in the juvenile justice system can have an impact on what options are available. One type of case is a status offense. This isn't as serious as a delinquency matter, but it is still important that the issues at the center of the case are addressed.

The "stand your ground" law grants immunity to some in Florida

Florida's stand your ground statute is arguably one of the most discussed and least understood laws in the state. People often hear exaggerated or dramatic stories that leave them to misunderstand the critical protections offered to them through this law. The confusion about what the law protects leads some people to make mistakes during conflicts.

Everyone has the right to self-defense, but in many states, people also have a legal obligation to retreat from a threat that occurs in public or outside their homes. Self-defense statutes often protect the right of citizens to use deadly force to defend themselves, their families and their homes but limit those same rights outside of someone's residence.

How Florida handles impaired driving crashes with injuries

Anytime someone gets behind the wheel after ingesting enough alcohol, narcotic drugs or prescription medication to impact their driving, they violate Florida law and run the risk of criminal prosecution. They could also injure others or cause property damage, leaving them with potential financial liability as a result.

Allegations of driving under the influence (DUI) can lead to various charges, even if the person driving simply got pulled over by police or caught up in a sobriety checkpoint. However, not all drunk drivers get caught due to random enforcement efforts by law enforcement officers.

What are the pros and cons of pleading no contest?

Many people view the potential pleas in a criminal case as binary: guilty or not guilty. In reality, there is a third option for an accused individual. They could file a plea of no contest.

What does a no contest plea actually mean for someone facing criminal charges? And are there benefits? Here’s an explanation.

Standing your ground when an intruder enters your home

You want your home to be a comfortable, safe place. Unfortunately, the threat of an intruder is always present. But if you have firearms, you might feel equipped to protect yourself and those around you.

Hopefully, you will never feel the need to fire your weapon at anyone. However, understanding Florida’s stand-your-ground law can help you determine whether any situation that endangers you merits the potential use of deadly force.

Tips to getting the right people on your jury

If you are facing criminal charges, there is a high likelihood that your case will never go to trial. Your lawyer may be able to get the charges dropped. You may come to a plea deal with the prosecution. However, if none of these options are realistic for you, then you may find yourself going to trial.

At the beginning of this process, your attorney and the prosecutor will go through a voir dire – an interview process of potential jurors. During this examination, it’s important to uncover the right information to give you the best possible chances of a fair trial – and a favorable outcome for you.

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