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GPS Monitoring Before Conviction

In St. Johns County, a person accused of a misdemeanor domestic violence or a related offense may be required to wear a G.P.S. monitor upon their release from jail and before they are found guilty of ...
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Your trailer hitch may get you pulled over

There are a number of seemingly innocuous actions that can lead to a traffic stop. A crack in your windshield, window tint that is a shade too dark, and failing to dim your high beams, to name a few. ...
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They Never Read Me My Rights!

Many of our prospective clients tell us that the arresting officer never "read me my rights" and believe that the officer's failure may help their case. While this may be true, the truth ...
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Due Process and Confidential Informants

A confidential informant (also known as a 'CI') is usually a citizen that works for the police to investigate criminal activity. Law enforcement frequently will use a confidential informant to ...
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Under What Circumstances Can the Police Break Down My Door?

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows the American people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. The ultimate goal of ...
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Blanket Drug Testing for Florida Welfare Applicants Deemed Unconstitutional

In late 2013, a federal judge ruled that a Florida law requiring welfare applicants to undergo drug testing violated their constitutional right to be protected from unreasonable searches. Passed in ...
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The Stand Your Ground Law and the Use of Deadly Force

Our state's Stand Your Ground law specifically allows residents to use deadly force if they have a reasonable fear for their safety or the safety of their loved ones. The law operates on the basis ...
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December 6th Marks the 80th Anniversary of the End of Prohibition

It was back in 1917 when Congress voted to enact the 18th Amendment to the Constitution thus prohibiting "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors." At the time the ...
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29-Year-Old Ryan Ferguson Released After Wrongful Murder Conviction

Missouri – When 29-year-old Ryan Ferguson was expecting to receive a visit from his parents and his lawyer on the eve of Nov. 12, he didn't know that he was going to be released from prison ...
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Terminally Ill Inmate Released After 41 Years

Louisiana – After spending over 40 years in a Louisiana prison and having his claims of a wrongful murder conviction go unanswered, Herman Wallace is released so he can die among friends and ...
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Two Innocent Men Receive a $12.475M Settlement from the State

For 14 years Floyd Brown, a mentally disabled man, was kept locked up in a psychiatric hospital after being convicted of a murder he did not commit. The "evidence" in the original case, ...
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Seattle Police Educate Hempfest Attendees on New Marijuana Rules

Although voters approved ballot measure I-502 last November to legalize recreational marijuana in the state of Washington, and official laws regulating recreational marijuana use in the state have ...
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Racial Profiling Continues to Thrive in the U.S.

On August, 14, 2013, The New York Times published an article entitled, "Racial Profiling Lives On." The article began by pointing out how the historic ruling by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ...
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Clyde M. Taylor III is Set to Attend Habeas Corpus Seminar

The legal team at Taylor & Taylor Attorneys is pleased to announce that Attorney Clyde M. Taylor III will be attending the Eighteenth Annual National Federal Habeas Corpus Seminar in Cleveland, OH ...
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Do You Have the Right to Bear Arms Outside of the Home?

Ever since the verdict was announced at the conclusion of the George Zimmerman trial, the consistent flurry of media attention and outcries for stricter gun control have yet to subside. This is ...
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Stand Your Ground Law & The Zimmerman Case

Most people are aware of the recent discussion and debate over the Zimmerman and Treyvon Martin case. After many intense courtroom battles and national opinions, a verdict was finally reached. George ...
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