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Marijuana Enforcement in Florida – A Haze of Confusion

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Aug. 26 2019

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…
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No More Excessive Fines or Penalties in Florida

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jul. 22 2019

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…
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Attorney Melinda Morris AGAIN rated one of the Top 3 Criminal Lawyers in St. Petersburg for 2019!

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jan. 25 2019

St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay, Florida Attorney Melinda Morris of the Morris Law Firm has AGAIN been rated one of the Top 3 Criminal Defense Lawyers in St. Petersburg by ThreeBestRated.com for 2019. The ThreeBestRated review team selected Melinda Morris for the accolade using a 50-Point Inspection that includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, ratings,…
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Lights, No Camera, Action – Police Body Camera Use In Tampa Bay

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Jul. 26 2018

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…
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This is NOT the Memorial Day SALE You Are Looking For:

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
May. 28 2018

This is not the 2018 Memorial Day Sale you are looking for: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is conducting Operation S.A.L.E. for the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. Using the Sheriff’s Traffic Unit, DUI Unit, Marine Unit, and Flight Unit, the operation will be targeting speeding, aggressive driving, and the impaired operation of vehicles and vessels….
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Pinellas Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion (APAD) – Update – 08-23-17

Seth Shapiro
By: Seth Shapiro
Aug. 23 2017

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…
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Can You Legally Record the Police in Florida?

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Jun. 01 2017

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

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
May. 10 2017

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…
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Adult Drug Court Expansion in Pinellas County, FL

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Dec. 28 2016

Chief Judge Anthony Rondolino signed Administrative Order Number 2016-011 PI-CIR on March 1, 2016. The subject of the administrative order was Adult Drug Court Expansion in Pinellas County. Administrative Order 2009-016 PI-CIR was created to identify the alleged offenders to be served by an expanded adult post-adjudicatory drug court and to establish section Z for…
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No Jail Time for Minor Marijuana Offenses in Pinellas County

Melinda Morris
By: Melinda Morris
Sep. 15 2016

Starting in October, individuals found with small amounts of marijuana can complete community service instead of being arrested. Pinellas County has launched a new program called the Adult Pre-Arrest Diversion Program. Under this new program, individuals who commit minor offenses, including marijuana possession, underage possession of alcohol, and petty theft may complete community service and…
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