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Florida Criminal Law: Underage DUI (Driving Under The Influence)

Florida has no tolerance1 for anyone under the age of twenty-one who is accused of driving a vehicle after consuming alcohol. You actually become a second class citizen if you are under twenty-one: while Florida’s legal blood alcohol concentration limit is 0.08 percent, if you are under twenty-one, you only need a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02 percent to be charged with underage driving under the influence. The penalties for an underage DUI conviction usually depend on the facts and circumstances of your case; however, in most cases, your driver’s license will be suspended for at least six months. Let’s… Read More

An Overview Of Florida’s Sexual Battery Law

Under Florida law, it is a crime to engage in sexual battery, or other sex-related crimes such as indecent assault, rape, or sodomy. You can be convicted of sexual battery if you participate in vaginal, oral, or anal physical penetration or union (a fancy way of saying just touching) with the sexual organ of someone without their consent, or if you engage in vaginal or anal penetration of someone with an object without that person’s consent.  Sexual battery is a felony, but the level of felony is dependent on the facts and circumstances of your case.  The penalties for a… Read More

FSS 800.04: Lewd and Lascivious Acts Involving Children Under The Age Of Sixteen

Just this past November, an elementary school teacher in Bonifay was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, including Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition and Lewd and Lascivious Battery. The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office had received a report that the teacher was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a fifteen year old student where they engaged in “sexting” and sexual intercourse. If convicted, this teacher can face serious consequences, including up to fifteen years in prison, up to fifteen years of sex offender probation, and up to $10,000 in fines, not including the effects that a… Read More

How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Negatively Affect Your Military Career

Domestic violence is a common occurrence among military spouses and people who share a household. The Department of Defense reports that in 2013, there were more than 7,600 domestic abuse complaints. Two-thirds of the purported victims were women, while the remaining third were men. Florida defines domestic violence as any assault, battery, sexual assault, kidnapping, stalking, or other criminal offense that results in the death or physical injury of a family member or household member by another family member or household member. While Florida law provides its own penalties for a conviction of a domestic violence offense, including possible jail… Read More

Child Sex Crimes And The Military

A recent Associated Press (AP) investigation found that there are more inmates in United States military prisons for sex crimes against children than for any other offense. In fact, out of the 1,233 inmates confined in the military’s prisons, sixty-one percent have been convicted of sex crimes, with children as the victims in more than half of the sex crimes cases. In the military, a child is defined as someone who is younger than sixteen years old. In 2015 alone, almost half of the 301 military member sex crime convictions involved children as victims, including crimes such as sexual battery,… Read More

Fort Walton Beach Domestic Violence Altercations Affect the Local Community

Domestic disputes are highly personal incidents that generally involve an argument, a disagreement, or tension between two individuals who are related by blood or marriage, have had intimate relations, or live together. They usually involve a long history of private altercations. However, on occasion, a domestic dispute leaves the sanctity of the home and affects the community. The dispute bleeds out into the community, causing a dangerous ripple effect. Fort Walton Beach Deputy Shot While Serving DV Injunction Back in September, a Fort Walton Beach man allegedly choked and pushed his wife while their infant son was in her arms.… Read More

Destin Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Famous Florida DUI Arrests

When you are arrested for DUI in Destin, Florida, you may feel ashamed or alone, afraid to tell your friends, family members, and co-workers about your encounter with the Destin police. While DUI convictions do carry serious criminal and administrative consequences such as jail time and driver’s license suspension, they do not define who you are as a person. In addition, you’d be surprised by how many individuals have DUI convictions on their records. Celebrities, actors, musicians, and politicians are notorious for DUI arrests. Below are some of the more famous DUI arrests in the state of Florida. Mel Gibson… Read More

5 Strange Tales of Battery In Fort Walton Beach

When most people think of the word “battery,” they picture one person punching another. While this qualifies as battery in Fort Walton Beach or anywhere else in the state, the Florida Statutes also criminalize a wide variety of bizarre actions as battery, both misdemeanor and felony. Section 784.03 of the Florida Statutes defines battery as an intentional touching of another that either (1) causes bodily harm or (2) is against the other person’s will. This definition is fairly broad, and as such, encompasses a large number of actions that seem fairly minor. Spitting One man was at a local Fort… Read More

Destin DUI Arrest: How Body Cameras Affect Your Case

Over the past few years, tensions have mounted against police forces across the country, including right in our backyard in Okaloosa County. Many citizens believe that police departments have become militarized and are overreaching their power by arresting individuals without adequate probable cause, using excessive force, and sometimes responding to minor altercations with deadly force. Florida law enforcement authorities have been sitting down with citizens and advocacy groups to discuss how to rebuild trust in the community and increase faith in the police force. While many solutions have involved making changes in training or how officers respond to incidents, one… Read More

Child Complainants Are Unreliable Witnesses in Destin Molestation Cases

In child molestation cases, the only eyewitness to the alleged sexual assault is oftentimes the child. While scientific studies and research performed by law enforcement agencies show that children intend, for the most part, to be honest when testifying, there are numerous glaring issues with child testimony in Destin molestation cases that call their entire report of assault under question. The Effect of Brain Development on Ability to Testify Accurately The brain is constantly evolving, changing, and growing in minors. Medical researchers have determined that children begin forming memories around 15 months old. The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex are responsible… Read More