Blog Posts in 2013

  • It is common for a driver arrested on suspicion of DUI in Panama City to ask their lawyer about the possible penalties that may be imposed. A DUI carries serious mandatory penalties that can affect a person's ability to drive, restrict freedom, and cause an immediate and many times shocking increase in auto insurance rates. Before entering a plea of guilty or no contest to DUI, a person ...
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  • The United States Supreme Court has limited who can be legally detained when law enforcement officers execute a search warrant. A Supreme Court ruling in 1981 gave law enforcement officers the ability to temporarily detain a person found on the premises where a search warrant is being executed even when there is no reason to believe that they are involved in any wrongdoing. This is a very common ...
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  • On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that a search where a police dog from the Liberty County, Florida Sheriff's Office gave a positive "alert" for drugs during a traffic stop, but no drugs were ever found, was legal. However, law enforcement officers did find chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The Florida Supreme Court had ruled that the ...
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  • Panama City Beach Spring Break Arrest

    Posted By Shepard Law || 23-Jan-2013

    Panama City Beach is a Spring Break hotspot for thousands of visitors each year. The snow-white sands of the beach; the emerald-green waters; the sunny, warm Florida weather; and all the fun and energy that thousands of Spring Breakers bring with them when they descend upon a beach town welcomes them with open arms. The one thing that could put a damper on all of the good times that Panama City ...
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  • Panama City Beach Spring Break Criminal or DUI Charges

    Posted By Shepard Law || 16-Jan-2013

    Panama City Beach continues to be a Spring Break hot spot. However, what starts out as fun in the sun with friends can quickly turn into a legal nightmare. During the first weekend of Spring Break last year, Panama City Beach law enforcement arrested in excess of 70 Spring Breakers. The same level of law enforcement presence can be expected this year. Most of the arrests during Spring Break are ...
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  • Identity theft crimes are on the rise in the Panama City area. State and federal agencies regularly investigate and identify suspects who have stolen another person's identity and are using it for financial gain. Recently, Michael Joseph, a prisoner at Apalachee Correctional Institute near Sneads (Jackson County) pled guilty in Federal Court to 41 counts ranging from theft of government money ...
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  • It is important to understand how an attorney's experience at trial could impact the outcome in your case. It takes time for a criminal defense lawyer to become familiar with judges and prosecutors, and comfortable presenting a case to a jury. Most criminal lawyers that are known for their ability to get good results at trial have spent years in court and possess superior skills in developing ...
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