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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 GPS monitor upon their release from jail and before they are found guilty of any ...
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Attorney Taylor, Jr. Criminal Defense Case Catches National Attention

For more than three decades, St. Augustine Criminal Defense Attorney Clyde M. Taylor, Jr. has been accepting some of the most complicated and high profile cases in the state. Recently, he has accepted ...
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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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70-Year Old Murder Case Re-Opened & Overturned

In 1944, George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 20 th century. Stinney was just 14 years old when he was found guilty of murder in South Carolina. Although at the ...
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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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Second Thoughts After a Plea in Florida

Many people that have been sentenced have second thoughts after entering a guilty or no contest plea. Most often, accused persons accept plea bargains from the State because at the time they believed ...
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Florida Highway Patrol Educates Drivers About "Move Over" Law

At the beginning of 2014, the Florida Highway Patrol launched a month-long initiative to educate drivers about the state's "Move Over" law. The director of the Florida Highway Patrol ...
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Clyde M. Taylor, Jr. Attends "Death is Different" Seminar in Orlando

When the death penalty could be imposed upon a defendant, the criminal lawyer who represents them carries a heavy burden and often has many challenges to overcome. The skills with which the case is ...
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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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How Would Legal Medical Marijuana Work in Florida?

The arguments surrounding the legalization of medical marijuana have heated up after the Florida Supreme Court recently ruled to let voters decide on the issue in the upcoming November elections. A ...
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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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Decline of the Death Penalty in the U.S.

The climate surrounding the death penalty in the United States has been seeing some changes, according to a recent CNN article. According to the news story, death penalty executions in the U.S. have ...
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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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Family Asks Obama to Grant Non-Violent Drug Offender Relief from Life Sentence

The New York Times recently released a video documentary about a man, Jesse Webster, who has already served 18 years of his life sentence for a non-violent drug conviction. It was the Webster's ...
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The History and Future of the Three Strikes Laws

When an individual is convicted of committing a crime he or she will be sentenced in accordance with the severity of the crime. Individuals who commit violent crimes, particularly those involving ...
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DNA Helps Exonerate Innocent Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder

One of the most frightening scenarios an individual can imagine after losing a loved one in a senseless criminal act, is being convicted of causing his or her death. It is an unfortunate truth that ...
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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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Common Mistakes That Can Get You Pulled Over

We are all aware that we can get pulled over for blowing through a stop sign or driving with a broken tail light and that these can lead to getting ticketed. When we're ticketed for a broken tail ...
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Man Who Released Online Confession About Killing a Man Turns Himself In

Ohio – A 22-year-old man who allegedly struck and killed a 61-year-old veteran after a binge of heavy drinking shot a video pleading with viewers to never drink and drive. Matthew Cordle, 22, ...
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Chemist Accused of Faking Test Results May Have Affected up to 40,000 Cases

Boston – A year after discovering an explosive scandal at a drug lab, Massachusetts is still picking up the pieces. As of September, over 330 prison inmates had been released from custody and at ...
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Florida Teen Kaitlyn Hunt is Denied Bond After Violating Court Order

Vero Beach, Florida – In August, a Florida judge told gay Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt enough with the texting after learning about the thousands of text messages, some of them explicit, that the ...
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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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