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Ocala Criminal Defense Blog

El Chapo jury finds him guilty

Well-known drug lord, El Chapo, whose real name is Joaquín Guzman Loera, has been found guilty of the charges against him in court. The 61-year-old could be sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in prison for drug trafficking and conspiracy.

The jury had an intense job on their hands. They had to review data and evidence from as long ago as the 1980s that involved the Sinaloa drug cartel.

Man faces charges after fatal hit-and-run crash

Hit-and-run crashes are some of the most serious because there's at least one victim left behind to fend for themselves. The driver who leaves the scene may not know if the victims are safe or even if they're alive.

When a person leaves the scene of an accident without stopping, it's called a hit-and-run collision. If that person is caught, they can face serious criminal penalties on top of the potential for insurance claims against them. As always, however, it is important that the person gets to explain their actions and defend themselves. Sometimes, there are explanations that could help others understand why they'd leave the scene.

Know your rights when you face accusations of violence

There are many times when people do things that they shouldn't. Sometimes, people participate in activities that lead to injuries that they didn't mean to cause. In worst-case scenarios, people who injure others can be charged and threatened with penalties for committing violent crimes.

There are several crimes considered to be violent crimes. Violent crimes usually require for there to be a victim who was hurt or killed. That means that crimes such as sexual assault, assault and battery, domestic violence and kidnapping could all be different violent crimes. However, there are cases where domestic violence, for example, might not be a violent crime, like if the violence actually involved financial abuse.

3 sentenced for distributing and possessing heroin

Drug crimes are taken seriously, especially in light of the opioid crisis. When people deal drugs that are known to lead to addiction, there is a high risk that those individuals could be sent to prison.

Three men in Ocala have been sentenced for distributing heroin, according to a news report from Dec. 21. The report states that the men usually completed drug deals in Marion County, where there was a farm with good coverage. The three men will face decade-long prison sentences for their actions.

Does Florida have per se drugged driving laws?

Even though the terminology directly states, "driving under the influence," many people believe that a DUI only applies to those who drink alcohol and then drive. The truth is that you can get a DUI for being under the influence of drugs as well. Those drugs may or may not be legally purchased.

One key thing to remember about a DUI is that an officer can give it to anyone who appears to be under the influence of medications, illicit drugs, alcohol or other chemicals. Drugged driving is harder to identify, but that doesn't mean that an officer won't try to stop you and arrest you for it.

Florida’s DUI laws and their potential effects on you

Whether it’s for a business dinner, family event or to celebrate a life achievement, when you go out for drinks, you probably do not intend to get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. Many people drink and drive, even though all are familiar with the “be responsible” messages of doing so. However, as you overestimate your own buzz and ability to drive, that is not always the case.

In Florida, your first DUI offense can reap severe consequences. Community service hours, probation and imprisonment may be court-mandated. A DUI Counterattack course is also required. Though you probably know there are legal repercussions for a DUI offense, you may not be aware of the full extent of the affects a DUI could hold for you.

Much is at stake for those accused of violent crimes

Facing any kind of criminal charge is typically a frightening prospect but certain criminal allegations are worse than others are for Florida defendants. Accusations centered on violent crimes such as aggravated assault, murder or robbery can be especially devastating. If the prosecution wins a conviction, the defendant's life will change immediately and the consequences will last a lifetime. Possible consequences include:

  • A long period of incarceration
  • Difficulty finding employment
  • Loss of personal relationships
  • A felony record
  • Severe reputation damage
  • Mental and emotional suffering
  • Difficulty renting or buying a home

With so much at stake, we feel it is our duty to encourage those facing allegations of violent crimes to seek assistance. A criminal defense lawyer can help you explore all possible defense strategies and may be able to help prove your innocence in the face of false allegations.

Florida finance director accused of white collar charges, fired

The finance director in St. Johns County, Florida, was arrested recently - and then fired - amid accusations she stole more than $700,000 while on the job.

The 47-year-old woman allegedly took the money over a five-year period. She has been charged with more than 150 felony counts, according to an arrest warrant. The counts include felony fraud, forgery, grand theft exceeding $100,000, official misconduct and forgery of bank checks.

Your rights: Speaking with an attorney before talking to police

If you find yourself involved in a suspicious criminal activity, an officer may ask you specific questions. Though you are innocent, when individuals commit crimes, it is the duty of a police officer to locate the criminal responsible. When no clear suspects present themselves, your answers to questions may criminalize your innocent behavior.

It is essential, when police question you, interrogate you or arrest you, that you speak to an attorney before giving any information to officers. Especially if you show innocence, you want to ensure that nothing you said prior to your charge presents itself in court as evidence. Experienced attorneys have the ability to advise you on how to proceed and potentially protect you from criminal convictions in court.

Trio of Florida men facing drug trafficking allegations

Florida has had more than its share of interesting politicians. With another election upon us, it’s not entirely surprising to see news of a politician in legal trouble.

This time, it’s a candidate who lives about 300 miles south of Ocala. The 29-year-old is running for a seat on the City of Sweetwater Commission. But his campaign has stalled after his arrest on drug trafficking charges.

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