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January 2018 Archives

Pretrial detention and the poor

Floridians who are accused of a crime may be required to stay in jail before their cases go to trial. In some instances, this is because the judge believes that the accused is dangerous and allowing them to move freely in society would put others in danger of harm. However, there are situations in which individuals charged with nonviolent crimes languish in jail because they just do not have the funds to post bail.

What is the difference between reckless and careless driving?

When you think about careless and reckless driving in Clearwater, you might think they are the same thing. Though they are similar, there are some key differences you should be aware of. Both types of driving behaviors can lead to car accidents, injuries and death. 

State representative introduces bill decriminalizing marijuana

People who are in Florida and who are carrying 20 grams or less of marijuana may no longer be taken into custody if a house bill is successful. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith has filed legislation in an effort to decriminalize marijuana possession and increase people's ability to access cannabis for medical reasons.

A basic understanding of plea bargains

Up to 90 percent of criminal cases in Florida and throughout the U.S. are resolved by plea bargaining. Plea bargains are attractive for some defendants because they allow them to get a lighter sentence. For prosecutors, plea bargains save time and energy that can be focused on more serious matters. As a general rule, the courts don't mind if the parties involved in a case can resolve it on their own.