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How Long Can You “Stand Your Ground”?

stopwatchThe Stand Your Ground Law is well-known throughout the country. Several states have a version of this defense that allows a person to protect their body and home from mortal danger, by returning fire. But, like most rights, if you are a convicted felon you may not be able to take advantage of this defense. Maybe

Ever since George Zimmerman “stood his ground” and the death of Trayvon Martin was the result, the Courts have been flooded with issues surrounding this defense. The time is ripe for a decision on this important issue. A recent ruling has proved controversial and could have wide reaching impact:

● The Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms is not a constitutional provision the Courts take lightly.

● The 4th District Court of Appeal recently ruled a felon may… Continue reading

Common Probation Violations

stack of papersThe best advice you can get when starting off on a term of probation is to stay out of trouble! Sometimes it is hard to know what is and isn’t a probation violation and other times the offender knows that their actions are a violation. Any new arrest is always a violation of probation, and causes new charges to be filed against the accused. And, any arrest counts.

Crime Stoppers publishes a list of violators. A common act that violates probation is failing to appear back in Court to face the charges against you:

●A man believed to be living in Naples is wanted for sex crimes, and when he is finally found and apprehended he will be held without bond.

● A Lee County man being searched for on similar charges is believed to be in the care of family, but no one… Continue reading

Wal-Mart “Shopper” Rolls Back To Jail

heavy chainIf you are on probation for a crime, it is critical you follow the rules of the probation and keep out of trouble. Any new offense while you are on probation for another charge is a probation violation and can have serious consequences. If you violate probation, you will be charged with the new crime and also the offense of violating your probation. This leaves you in the situation of defending old and new charges at the same time.

A man in Jackson County was recently arrested for theft from retail giant Wal-Mart. The news reports that the man was in the store with a female companion who had paid for her purchases when he “added” some things to the cart:

● A rechargeable boom box was grabbed by the man as he tried to exit the store with his friend.

● Loss… Continue reading

Olympic Star’s Brother Violates Probation

gavelProbation is a common result for criminal misdemeanor cases. Being on probation allows the accused to live somewhat of a normal life, by going to school and work, and remaining out of jail. Typical terms of probation include regularly checking in with a supervisor, and keeping your nose clean during the probationary period. This means you cannot have any further arrests, for anything. It might even be a good idea to steer clear of minor violations like parking tickets. If you do something that violates your probation terms, you will face new charges.

Probation violations are faced by all sorts of people, for all sorts of actions. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s younger brother, Devon, faced charges of probation violation earlier this year. The case involved:

● Lochte’s younger brother was arrested in 2012 on charges of possession of marijuana, with the intent to sell.… Continue reading

Pro Athletes Continue To Face Legal Problems

erasing mistakeThere’s something about being a celebrity or professional athlete that includes tangles with the law. Perhaps it’s too much too soon, and lacking maturity many superstars find themselves on the wrong side of the law. From DUI’s, to domestic violence, to probation violations there nearly always seems to be a report of a high profile criminal defense matter.

An ESPN report tells how former Florida State football star Greg Reid is facing legal problems, again. The troubles started in 2012 with an arrest for possession of marijuana and driving on a suspended license. Now, Reid faces new charges:

● In March 2014 the future St. Louis Rams player was arrested for violating his probation.

● Reid was held without bond for several days prior to being released.

A probation violation is a serious offense. It is a new charge, separate and apart from the… Continue reading

Football Star Violates Probation

footballPlea bargains are a common way to resolve criminal cases. Often times, part of the agreement is that the accused stays out of trouble for a certain period of time, and in exchange does not go to jail. This type of arrangement is called probation, or parole and it gives the person charged with a crime the chance to show they are not a threat to society and should be given a second chance. So, when a probation violation happens, the State takes it seriously and may try to impose the maximum punishment available. The best thing you can do is seek legal representation immediately and keep out of further trouble while untangling the new charge of probation violation.

Sometimes, it can be hard to tell what the terms of probation allow. Confusion over probationary terms can lead to a violation unknowingly. That… Continue reading

Thin Mints Mean More Than Extra Pounds

upset womanOne of the most common outcomes of misdemeanor cases is that the accused is placed on probation. During probation, you have to abide by all the rules set forth by the Court, and upon successful completion of probationary terms the charges are generally reduced or dismissed. However, if you fail to follow the rules of probation, the probation can be revoked and you will face sentencing for your crime.

This is exactly what is happening to a lady referred to as the “cookie monster”. The convicted once bragged about how easy it was to take money from a girl scout selling cookies, is now facing some serious time. The news report tells the story of a woman who violated her probation for charges of weapons related robbery, and a kidnapping:

 

● Stefanie Woods has been returned to Palm Beach County… Continue reading