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Missing Jury Duty Can Get You in More Trouble Than You Think

When a person is arrested and being charged for a crime, they have the right to a trial by a jury of their peers. This right is thanks to the Seventh Amendment in the United States Constitution. The jury is made up of citizens, who are expected to review the case, listen to evidence and testimonies, and make an educated decision about the fate of the trial. Many people are familiar with the jury selection process, but could not showing up be considered a crime? One young adult in Florida recently found out what can happen if you are selected to a jury and don't show up.

5 Things To Keep In Mind When Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

10 Weird Laws In Florida You Probably Don't Know About

Florida is no stranger to being in the news for committing strange crimes. You've surely heard plenty of stories whose headlines begin with "Florida Man..." Many of those cases are ones where someone in the state of Florida really did commit a crime, sometimes these crimes are ridiculous and other times they are quite serious. Like every state, Florida has many laws that aren't typically on the top of ones mind. These laws that may be dated and unenforced, but are still considered written laws that should be abided by.

How Ancestry Test DNA Can Solve Crimes

3 Signs You Had Ineffective Counsel

Did you know that if your legal counsel provides ineffective assistance during your case and that is deemed the reason you lost your case, it may be grounds for an appeal and could even be ordered to a retrial by a judge? Cornell Law cites a case from 1984 (Strickland v. Washington) where it was decided that "to prove ineffective assistance, a defendant must show (1) that their trial lawyer's performance fell below an "objective standard of reasonableness" and (2) "a reasonable probability that, but for counsel's unprofessional errors, the result of the proceeding would have been different."

What Happens After You Are Arrested and Not Yet Charged with A Crime in Florida?

After you're arrested for a crime, the next step is the filing of the information or indictment. In most cases in Florida (except Capital) the police will fill out a standard police report (A-Form) that will be passed on to the State Attorney's Office who will review the case and determine what crimes they will formally charge you with.

Consequences of Violating Parole In Florida

If you're convicted of a crime, chances are you will have to serve time in jail, prison, or under house arrest. After enough time is served, usually due to good behavior, there's a chance of being released early and serving the remaining time under parole. Generally, this begins after at least one-third of the original sentence has been served. What happens when you violate parole in Florida?

State of Florida Passes Amendment 4 Restoring Voting Rights of Convicted Felons

The midterm elections came and went, and for 1.5 million convicted felons in the state of Florida, there was a big win. Amendment 4 passed on Tuesday with more than 60% of the vote, allowing for the voting rights of convicted felons to automatically be restored.

Crime Has Dropped in South Florida Since the '80s, Despite the News Reports

Recently, the news reported that the U.S. Coast Guard seized 150 pounds of cocaine off of a fishing boat. The boat came into the RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard in Miami from Nassau, Bahamas, and the drugs were found during a routine inspection. Authorities in connection with the drug smuggling detained five people.

Florida Fisherman Faces Life in Prison After Cocaine Found at Sea

It's not uncommon for narcotics to be found at sea with drug distribution operations occurring in conjunction with fishermen. Typically, Fishermen are found to be transporting narcotics as "drug mules," however a recent event in Florida was somewhat different.

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