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4 Reasons You Should Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney in Miami

Have you made a mistake that got you in trouble with the law? From time-to-time, things happen that may be out of our control or done without being completely thought through that can lead to getting arrested or having to deal with going to trial to sort matters out. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to be on your side can make a world of difference when it comes to how your case is handled and its outcome.

How a Gag Order Can Affect Social Media Usage

Last week's blog post talked about what a gag order is and three important things you need to know about them. As a refresher, a gag order is put into place by a judge restricting the parties involved from talking about the case outside of the courtroom in an effort to keep the information away from the media in order to ensure a fair trial. One way to violate a gag order is to post case details or to talk about people involved in the case on social media.

3 Things to Know About Gag Orders

You may have heard of a gag order before, but you may not know exactly what it is, who is affected by them, and what happens when you violate them.

Here are three things to know about gag orders:

1. What is a Gag Order?

A gag order occurs when a judge makes a ruling that a specific case cannot be discussed outside of the courtroom. This includes speaking of, writing about, or sharing any of the case's information. The main purpose of a gag order is to control publicity and protect the right to a fair trial. This is most common in high profile cases and is aimed at keeping press and other forms of media out of the case. There is often a debate about whether or not gag orders conflict with the first amendment's right to freedom of speech, but judges are careful to restrict only within the proper limits in order to not violate any constitutional rights.

Celebrating Too Hard May Lead To A DUI

Driving while under the influence should always be avoided, but with a holiday like the Fourth of July coming up, it's good to be reminded about the dangers of drunk driving. Around the holidays, no matter how big or small the celebration is, party goers tend to consume a bit more alcohol than usual increasing the chances of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Florida's New Fentanyl Law Can Lead To Murder Charges For Drug Dealers

A new law in Florida will now charge some drug dealers for murder. A state law that was put into place just under two years ago, is now being implemented and could lead to drug dealers being put behind bars for more than just possessing and selling illegal substances. The law signed by Gov. Rick Scott is aimed at those dealing in Fentanyl.

What Happens When You Live Stream A Crime

With the rise of social media, the desire to film private moments of our lives is growing rapidly. The increase in social media use has led to a large jump in crimes being projected on live streams since the mid 2010s. Live streaming is the use of an Internet enabled device, like a smart phone or computer, to broadcast video in real-time to an audience over the Internet. These videos can be seen by anyone who has access to the user's platform. Sometimes, whether on purpose or not, individuals live stream a crime for all to see. 

M-Vac Device Aids In Setting The Wrongly Convicted Free

A vacuum device created in Idaho has found an unexpected use in criminal cases. The M-Vac is a wet vacuum that's being used to extract DNA from rough and porous surfaces creating the ability to identify previously unknown suspects in cases all over the country. It's even been able to prove the innocence of convicted suspects who were wrongly imprisoned.

4 Criminal Charges You May Face Due To A Bar Fight

You're at a bar to unwind and enjoy some time with friends and family. Maybe you're there to watch a sporting event, relax, or just let loose. Whatever the ocassion, when alcohol is involved, bar fights can happen unexpectedly as tensions rise between friends and often strangers.

Bar fights are easy to avoid, but with their violent nature, they can quickly be more trouble than they are worth. Here are four criminal charges you may face if you're involved in a bar fight.

Texting While Driving Just Got More Dangerous in Florida

Texting while driving has always been frowned upon for obvious safety reasons, but due to a new law that's been passed in Florida there's even more of a reason not to text and drive. On May 17th, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill making it a possible for law enforcement to stop and ticket drivers who are caught texting. Under the previous law, drivers on their phones could only be cited if they were pulled over for another violation first.

4 Things You Need To Know About Florida's Criminal Justice Reform Bill in 2019

On Friday, May 3, Florida's state House of Representatives passed a 296-page criminal justice reform bill during the last day of the legislative session. This criminal justice reform bill had been months in the making covering a bevy of topics that were due for an update in the state of Florida. While many proposed changes didn't make it completely through, the changes that did pass are considered a small, but nice victory for the criminal justice system in Florida.

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