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Melinda Morris Rated 10.0 “Superb” by Avvo.com

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Melinda Morris, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been rated a 10.0 – “Superb” by Avvo.com.  See Melinda Morris’ Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Rating evaluates a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s Avvo profile. Avvo creates the rating using a proprietary model [ Read More… ]

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Update #2: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – Real Life Issues

We have written several times on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – read the original blog here: Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) Program – The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown . We have taken issue with the program’s selective enforcement, constitutionality, records keeping, and the issue of the requirement [ Read More… ]

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Operation Dry Water Targets BUI on 4th of July Weekend 2017

Operation Dry Water (ODW) is a year-round boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign. The stated goal of Operation Dry Water is to reduce the number of BUI related accidents and fatalities on the water.  Operation Dry Water was started in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) along [ Read More… ]

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DUI Wolf Pack Operation Set for 4th of July Weekend 2017

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 30, 2017, and continuing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, 2017 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enhanced DUI enforcement through the use of a “DUI Wolf Pack.”  “Wolf Pack” is the name the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office has given these DUI operations. July 2017’s [ Read More… ]

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Can You Legally Record the Police in Florida?

We recently reported on the potential rise of body cameras being used by law enforcement in the Tampa Bay Area.  While Pasco County utilizes body cameras for every officer, other Tampa Bay law enforcement agencies have yet to implement the technology in any form.  Notably, the St. Petersburg Police department has waffled on the issue [ Read More… ]

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2017 Memorial Day Weekend DUI Enforcement and DUI Wolf Pack Follow-Up

We recently reported on the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office leading another “Wolf Pack” operation focusing on apprehending drivers suspected of driving under the influence (DUI).  While the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has not officially announced another DUI Wolf Pack for the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, there is no doubt that enforcement efforts will be [ Read More… ]

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Update: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) – A Questionable Success

We wrote extensively about the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program (APAD) in our blog last November shortly after it was launched – read the original blog here: Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) Program – The Good, The Bad, and the Unknown  – that blog outlined the program, eligibility criteria, as well as [ Read More… ]

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Your Next Interaction With Police May Be Video Recorded

Recently, Axon the company formerly known as Taser International recognized for their Taser stun guns, has offered a free body camera to every sworn law enforcement officer in the United States.  See https://www.axon.com/info/offer .  The offer is in fact a free body camera and supporting software for a 1-year trial period.  But that may be [ Read More… ]

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DUI Wolf Pack Operation Set for May 5, 2017 Weekend

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, and continuing until 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting enhanced DUI enforcement through the use of a “DUI Wolf Pack.”  “Wolf Pack” is the name the Pinellas County Sheriff’s office has given these DUI operations that are [ Read More… ]

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Stand Your Ground

Expanding the Florida Castle Doctrine The Castle Doctrine is an old common law adage that a “man” has a right to defend his castle. The legal theory behind the Castle Doctrine is that when a person unlawfully enters another’s home, then the homeowner does not have to flee. Before Stand Your Ground (SYG) was enacted [ Read More… ]

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