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What domestic violence looks like?

No relationship is perfect. Disagreements and even fights can occur, and some couples aren't able to get along every moment they are together. While this may be normal, there are some interactions that are not normal, and can escalate to the point of domestic violence. Situations involving domestic violence are serious not only serious for the victim involved, but also for the accused. A domestic violence matter could cause an individual to endure a damaged reputation, even suffering criminal repercussions. Thus, it is vital to explore criminal defense options.

Domestic abuse can encompass a wide range of conduct. It can include physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, psychological abuse, threats, stalking and cyber stalking. Additionally, a wide range of people could be a victim of domestic violence. This includes spouses, partners, family members, children and cohabitants.

Helping you develop a defense against domestic violence

Love doesn't look the same from relationship to relationship. However, married or not, love should never cause hurt or pain. While some spouses or partners do not realize it right away, domestic violence can happen to anyone. And when it occurs, it can also be a challenging issue to address for both parties. When a loved one is accused of domestic violence, this should be treated seriously, as the consequences are serious. A person's reputation can be tarnished, making it vital to explore defense options when one is falsely accused of such acts.

While it is an overwhelming situation to be in, just because a loved one has alleged domestic violence has occurred, does not mean that these allegations are automatically proven by the state. The accused party has the ability to protect their rights by asserting a defense action, and the attorneys at Kaylor Law Group have years of experience helping clients do just that.

Man faces drug charges after car crash

A lot of measures are taken to ensure that illegal substances stay off the streets in Florida and other states across the nation. This means, authorities take a strong stance against personal use as well as the distribution of illegal substances. Those accused of such acts could face serious penalties. Because of this, it is important that individuals facing drug charges take steps to understand their rights and criminal defense options.

Based on recent reports, authorities in Fort Myers arrested a man following an accident that sent one person to the hospital. Preliminary investigation revealed that the single car crash occurred when the driver ran off of the road, became airborne and struck several trees. The passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital after he suffered serious injuries in the crash.

What are the different types of drug charges?

Not all crimes are the same. Because of this, some criminal allegations carry harsher penalties than others. Take drug crimes, for example. The consequences for a minor drug crime are significantly less than those of a more serious crime, such as drug manufacturing or trafficking. Thus, it is important to understand the penalties associated with any crime, what mitigating and aggravating factors might exist and what criminal defense options one might have.

What are the different types of drug charges? While drug charges differ by drug type, they also differ by the conduct involved in the allegations. To begin, one could face charges for the possession of drug paraphernalia. This means that the accused is in possession of items that are used in relations to drug crimes, such as a pip, bong or scale.

How can a drug possession charge affect your future?

When facing criminal charges of any kind, your future interests could be at risk. Even relatively minor crimes can impact multiple areas of your life, and no matter what you are facing, protecting your future is important. This is particularly true when facing drug possession charges. 

In Florida, drug possession is a serious crime. This means that you are facing serious penalties, even if it is your first offense. As soon as possible after an arrest, you can take immediate action to start working on your defense strategy. When you are facing potential jail time and other consequences that can alter the course of your life, you have no time to lose in seeking defense guidance.

Understanding the Florida Computer Crimes Act

Using a computer is often a daily task. We check e-mails, search the Internet, complete work tasks and even play video games on a computer. While it is a beneficial and valuable piece of technology, it is also technology that can present issues if not used properly. While a person has a wide range of possibilities when it comes to using a computer, there are some restrictions. And if these restrictions are not complied with, it is possible to face criminal allegations for a computer crime.

In the state of Florida, computer crimes include a large range of activities. This includes unlawful acts that are related to computers, computer systems and computer systems. Oftentimes, those participating in computer crimes are known as hackers, and the activities commonly completed by hackers can range from the unauthorized use of another person's e-mail account to the unauthorized access to a computer with the intent to cripple an entire large-scale computer network.

Helping you assert a defense against Internet crime allegations

Whether it is at home or work, most people have a computer. Daily activities and work tasks are completed on these devices; however, because this technology can allow a person to complete such a wide range of activities, it is possible for a person to face allegations of misusing their computers. In other words, a person in Florida and elsewhere could be accused of an Internet crime that carries with it harsh penalties.

When an individual in Florida is accused of an Internet or computer crime, it is likely that his or her computer will be seized. Like any other search and seizure, certain procedures must be followed to ensure a proper and legal search and seizure took place. Failure to do so could present issues in the case, helping a defendant begin the process of suppressing evidence and poking holes in the case.

3 things to know about search warrants

The Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures is critical to our justice system. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about the role of search warrants in protecting this key constitutional right.

Here are three things to know about what search warrants do or don't do.

What are federal marijuana laws?

Society typically views certain drugs as more serious than others. Nonetheless, any substance that is illegal is treated seriously. Thus, when an individual is accused of a drug crime, he or she could face harsh penalties. Because of this, it is important to consider any information on the arrest and charges at hand. This could help with the investigation of the matter, which could help uncover strong criminal defense strategies.

As a previous post highlighted, crimes involving marijuana are taken seriously. This is especially true when this illegal substance is trafficked. And for those living in states where medical and recreational usage of marijuana is legalized, it is important to note that these individuals are still committing a federal crime by buying, possessing or selling marijuana.

Was that search warrant lawfully served on you?

Regardless of what type of crime law enforcement officials accuse you of, they must follow certain procedures and protocols in order to protect your rights under the U.S. Constitution. For this reason, and more, officers secure search warrants before attempting to collect any evidence.

If able to obtain a search warrant, many officers will believe that their obligation to protect your rights is over. However, that probably isn't true. The law requires officers to serve search warrants and conduct searches in a certain manner in order to remain valid and to avoid violating your rights.

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