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Minors Charged With Crimes In Florida

By Scott Berry Law |

There are many differences between how adults think and how children think. This fact is not always recognized, even in the criminal justice system, and children are usually arrested and charged for behavior that should be handled in other ways. Teens, especially, can have a hard time because most adults expect them to make… Read More »

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Burglary

The Difference Intent Can Make In A Burglary Case

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The difference between a charge of burglary and a charge of criminal trespass is a question of intent. A person’s intent in entering a place without permission can mean the difference between being charged with trespass, which is a misdemeanor, and being charged with burglary, which is a felony. When a person enters a… Read More »

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DUI-Related Tests and a Driver’s Rights

By Scott Berry Law |

When a person is arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the arresting officers often try and gather as much evidence of the intoxication as possible. However, there are limits to how the police can legally collect evidence of intoxication when making an arrest for driving under the influence. The most… Read More »

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Arrested

What Is Constructive Possession?

By Scott Berry Law |

It may come as a surprise to some people that it is possible to get charged and convicted for drug possession without ever having actual possession of the drugs in question. There are two ways in which a person can be convicted on a drug possession charge: one, if the prosecution can prove actual… Read More »

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Eric Shaw Arrested for Battery

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Eric Shaw was arrested recently for battery on a person over 65. The Palm Beach Post reports that Shaw, age 73, grabbed and shook another member of his condo association. Shaw faces a felony conviction and up to five years in prison. What is interesting, however, is that if the exact same thing had… Read More »

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Yoga Instructor Keith Fox Arrested

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Keith Fox was a yoga instructor arrested this week for having sex with his 15-year-old student. He was 59. As you might imagine, this allegation is extremely serious. Fox faces not only the possibility of a lengthy incarceration if convicted, but also will be required to register as a sexual offender. Registration is the… Read More »

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Tiger Woods DUI Arrest

By Scott Berry Law |

Tiger Woods got arrested for DUI this week. According to his statement, he had no alcohol in his system but had taken various prescription drugs. Tiger is probably going to hire a very high-end criminal defense attorney. He is going to spend a lot of money for that lawyer. A lot of money will… Read More »

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Hiring a Private Criminal Attorney or Public Defender?

By Scott Berry Law |

So the truth is there are a lot of really great public defenders out there. Lawyers that do an outstanding job and there are also a lot of excellent private criminal attorneys. And unfortunately, there are a lot of bad private lawyers and bad public defenders. When you go with the public defender, you… Read More »

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Getting Out of Jail after You Have Been Arrested

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In most cases within 24 hours of your arrest, you’re going to appear before a judge. And that judge is going to assess whether to set a bond in your case and if so how much of a bond to set. So let’s talk a little bit about what a bond is. A bond… Read More »

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When should you consider taking your case to trial?

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When should you consider taking your case to trial? 1. When you’re innocent; 2. When you are guilty, but they can’t prove it; or 3. When the state’s plea offer is unreasonable and you don’t have much to lose by rejecting it. The big problem with going to trial is you could lose, even… Read More »

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