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Stand Your Ground Changes Have Wide Impact May 22, 2018

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A recent court decision has put the controversial “stand your ground” law back under the microscope. Passed in Florida in 2005, the law changes traditional self-defense guidelines immensely. “Stand your ground” eliminates the responsibility to retreat from dangerous situations and authorizes individuals to forcefully defend themselves to “prevent the commission of a forcible felony.” Since …

Should Police be required to wear body cameras? April 2, 2018

It seems that nearly every day in the news, we hear about citizens having interactions with the police. Many of these interactions are positive, though there have been many documented cases where the public found the interactions disturbing, and those incidents have raised questions about how police conduct themselves in the field. The police in …

The top 20 most dangerous roads in Tampa (Infographic) January 8, 2018

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Did you know that Florida is one of the most dangerous places in the country when it comes to deadly crashes involving pedestrians, cyclists, and motor vehicles? A study conducted by Smart Growth America found that Tampa Bay ranked #7 on the Pedestrian Danger Index. Even more concerning is that three roads in Tampa Bay …

Top 5 Causes of Truck Accidents and How to Avoid One (Infographic) January 2, 2018

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Sharing the road in the Tampa area isn’t always easy, especially when the other vehicles on the road are semi trucks. Before you get behind the wheel, discover the top five causes of truck accidents and learn how you can avoid them while staying safe on the road. Abrupt Lane Changes While it’s easy to …

Is Possession of Drugs a Felony in Florida? November 2, 2017

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If you’re caught with controlled substances in Florida, you could face felony charges. Florida allows the court to pursue simple drug possession charges as felonies. A felony carries significantly more weight than a misdemeanor, and in addition to greater penalties with regard to jail time and fines, you could also lose the ability to legally own …

Hiring a Commercial Real Estate Attorney is a Valuable and Cost-Effective Investment October 30, 2017

The sale or purchase of a commercial property is one of the most significant and complicated financial deals that a person undertakes. However, many people choose to take their chances and not engage an experienced and knowledgeable commercial real estate attorney. Among other things, a commercial real estate attorney will: Review complex purchase and sale …

Top 5 Things to Know When Getting Arrested (Infographic) October 14, 2017

If you’re arrested for any crime, there are several things you need to know to protect yourself. Understand Your Rights Though not necessarily required in every case, Police officers may at some point read you your rights prior to or upon arrest. Your rights include remaining silent, so exercise that right until you can speak …

The 10 Days After a DUI arrest September 30, 2017

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Nobody wants to get arrested for a DUI, but when it happens, you need preparation and a strategy. In the 10 days after a DUI arrest, you might feel confused and scared, but you can do several things to make the process easier and less stressful. Get a Lawyer As soon as you’re able, hire a …

Are you being sued by a third-party debt buyer? September 6, 2017

Have you received a letter or have been served a lawsuit over a debt you owe from a third-party debt collector? Tampa Consumer Protection Attorney Jeffrey Hakanson explains the small claims process, and what can happen if you do not appear in court to contest the debt. It is critical that you enlist the guidance …