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Accusations of robbery could lead to felony charges

If you find yourself facing criminal charges, you may wonder just how serious your predicament is. Of course, you should take any type of criminal charge seriously, but some may come with more severe potential consequences in the event of a conviction. Because of the immense differences in allegations, it is important that you understand any with which authorities have charged you.

If police have leveled charges for robbery against you, you certainly face a serious situation. Felony charges apply in robbery cases, which means that the possible repercussions are more serious than those for a misdemeanor charge. In efforts to properly address your case, you may want to gain more information on robbery charges in Florida.

Seven killed in Interstate 75 collision

Each year millions of people visit Florida for the wide variety of tourist attractions our state offers. From beaches to amusement parks, there are seemingly endless reasons to visit the Sunshine State. Unfortunately, a recent visit to Florida by a group that included several children ended in tragedy.

According to reports, the fatal collision in question occurred on January 3 when a semi-truck traveling on Interstate 75 collided with an automobile, causing both vehicles to burst through the middle divider, slamming into a church van that was traveling in the opposite lane. The automobile became engulfed in flames. The force of the collision caused the van and a second semi-truck to collide with the semi-truck. There were five young children in the church van, and, tragically, all of them died in the collision. The children visiting Florida were from Louisiana and were reportedly on their way to visit Disney World.

Defending yourself against a holiday DUI charge in Florida

Thousands of Florida residents will be taking to the roads during the holiday season around Christmas and New Year's Day this year to visit family members and friends and celebrate. Many of these get-togethers will include alcohol consumption. By now most people know that it is a bad idea to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking alcohol, but hundreds of Florida residents will still likely face a DUI charge this holiday season.

If you find yourself facing a DUI charge, you'll want to consider the full range of the available defense options in your case. For starters, defendants will want to examine the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop that led to the DUI arrest. Did the law enforcement official have a valid reason to conduct the stop? If not, the entire encounter between the defendant and the police officer that occurred in the traffic stop may be called into question.

Do you have questions about your Fourth Amendment rights?

It doesn't matter what law enforcement officials accuse you of doing. You enjoy the same rights under the United States Constitution.

One of those rights is the freedom from unlawful or unreasonable searches and seizures. If you do not have at least a basic understanding of how to exercise this right, you could jeopardize your case.

Overview of a criminal trial

Every year thousands of Florida residents go through the criminal justice system. Some face misdemeanor charges, while others face more serious felony charges. However, regardless of the severity of the charge in any given case, every person who is charged with a criminal offense has rights to protect. One of those rights is the right to a trial in front of one's peers.

For years, criminal trials have been shown as dramatic, cinematic events in television shows and movies. But, for as much entertainment as a person may get out of a fictionalized version of a criminal trial, the reality is quite different. Put bluntly, someone's freedom is on the line, and there is nothing sensational about it.

Aggressive driving presents dangers to those on the road

When you head out on the road, your goal is likely to get to your intended destination. During the course of trying to reach this goal, you also want to drive as safely as possible. Unfortunately, other drivers do not always put safety as their top priority, and they may also allow their emotions to get the better of them.

In particular, some drivers may become aggressive behind the wheel and drive in an unsafe manner. You likely have seen a number of drivers carry out questionable behaviors, and you may have even caught a driver succumbing to road rage. However, aggressive driving does not always stem from road rage, and even seemingly harmless actions could constitute aggressive driving.

Teenagers arrested for alleged vehicle burglaries

A criminal charge can have an immense effect on a person's life. For teenagers, such a situation can be even more pronounced, as even though their entire lives are in front of them, a conviction can set them back from the get-go. This is why it is so important for anyone facing criminal charges to be sure to carefully plan a defense strategy.

That will need to be the plan for three teenagers who were recently arrested in Florida, and who are now facing felony charges. According to a recent article, over the course of the week of Thanksgiving, law enforcement officials received reports of vehicle burglaries that occurred over the course of one afternoon and into the next morning. It appears that surveillance video was the key evidence for police officers to determine the identify of two of the suspects, one who is 18-years-old and a second who is 17-years-old. Both are now facing significant charges.

Should you consider a plea bargain?

When faced with a difficult situation, it is often wise to consider all available options for handling the predicament. In particular, if Florida police have leveled criminal charges against you, it may benefit you to explore your defense options. Because each case differs, the defense avenues available to you will depend on the types of charges you face and other aspects of your case.

In particular, you may wish to determine whether the option for a plea bargain is available for your situation. Depending on your circumstances, a plea bargain could offer certain benefits, but you should fully understand this option and other defense avenues before making any decisions regarding your course of action.

What are your options in the criminal defense process?

Florida is one of the most populous states in America, which means that each year thousands of people go through the state's criminal justice system. Some people are quick to equate an arrest to a conviction, but it is important to remember that all criminal defendants have the right to present a defense, including in front of a jury of their peers if they so wish. If one has been arrested and finds themselves in this position, what are the options in the criminal defense process?

Well, for starters, the first step is to evaluate the case and the evidence. What will the prosecution use to attempt to secure a conviction? If the evidence appears to be overwhelming, it may be a good idea to begin exploring plea negotiation options. But, if the evidence is scant or unconvincing, it may be time to start to put together a trial strategy.

Defending yourself against marijuana charges

Florida residents are not likely to benefit any time soon from the leniency toward marijuana that some other states, and even whole countries are beginning to show. Despite these steps toward legalization of marijuana use and possession that are popping up in certain parts of the country in recent years, Florida is not showing any signs of taking part. As a result, Florida residents who are arrested for marijuana-related charges will still need to take the time to start carefully planning a defense strategy.

Fortunately, there may be a variety of options available to those who are facing marijuana drug crime charges. The most useful option gets its roots from one of the founding documents of our country: the Constitution.

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