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Marijuana Enforcement in Florida – A Haze of Confusion

At the intersection of illegal cannabis, legal hemp, and medical marijuana Florida is in a haze of legal confusion. What is Legal? Medical Marijuana In 2016, 71 percent of Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana.  The 2017 bill signed into law by then-governor Scott says “a licensed medical marijuana treatment center shall cultivate, process, transport [ Read More… ]

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No More Excessive Fines or Penalties in Florida

Florida criminal defendants facing excessive penalties or seized property can thank Indiana resident Tyson Timbs for relief via the US Supreme Court. Tyson Timbs struggled with drug addiction. A painkiller prescription had escalated to heroin abuse.  In an unfortunate turn he was arrested selling heroin to undercover officers to fund his addiction. Timbs pled guilty [ Read More… ]

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Unlicensed Contractors Targeted by Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is targeting unlicensed contractors in Pinellas County with continued sting operations. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has been conducting sting operations to catch unlicensed contractors for nearly two years.  Going by the creative names such as “Operation Drop the Hammer” and “Operation Punch List” the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office sets [ Read More… ]

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Marsy’s Law – The Potential Impact on Domestic Violence Cases

  Marsy’s Law can have potential impacts on a defendant’s Domestic Violence case (Domestic Battery, Domestic Assault, and Injunctions for protection against Domestic Violence).  It is important to understand the impacts this law can have on your case.   What is Marsy’s Law? Marsy’s Law was passed by Florida voters on November 6, 2018 (by [ Read More… ]

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Lights, No Camera, Action – Police Body Camera Use In Tampa Bay

Over one year ago we wrote about the use of body cameras by local law enforcement agencies in our blog, “Your Next Interaction With Police May Be Video Recorded.” Today, many of our local law enforcement agencies have still not adopted the technology and are refusing to do so. Today, only the Pasco County Sheriff’s [ Read More… ]

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Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) – Update – 08-23-17

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 . Just last week, the Tampa Bay Times reported that there would be no changes to the County’s arrest [ Read More… ]

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Seth Shapiro Wins the 2017 Avvo Clients’ Choice Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – Seth Shapiro, Attorney at Law, Owner at the Morris Law Firm has been awarded the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award for 2017.  See Seth Shapiro’s Avvo Profile here. The Avvo Clients’ Choice Award is presented each year to attorneys based on their positive relationships with their clients. Recipients of the Clients’ Choice [ 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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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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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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