Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

  • Weapons Crimes: Possible Penalties and Defense

    || 28-Jul-2017

    Being accused of any crime can have serious repercussions, but crimes involving weapons can be a great deal more damaging. The penalties for weapons crimes in Florida are often harsh, sometimes resulting in decades behind bars or extremely steep fines. To protect your rights and your future, learn more about the possible consequences of a criminal charge involving a weapon, and what options you ...
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  • Drug Possession Arrests - What You Need To Know

    || 4-Mar-2016

    Although our nation's attitude toward non-violent drug offenders seems to be shifting rapidly, drug possession remains a very serious crime in Florida. If you are arrested for drug possession, you may also be facing much harsher penalties if the prosecution can prove that you had an intent to sell the drugs. In this blog, our Panama City criminal defense attorneys look at three things you need ...
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  • 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

    || 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

    || 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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  • Learn About Your Panama City Criminal Defense Attorney

    || 28-Dec-2012

    When you are charged with a crime, you need the right representation there to help you. You want to be sure that you can trust the attorney who is on your side and that you can rely on him or her for anything that you may need. Whether you have been charged with assault, theft crimes, white collar crimes, or a DUI, you need a Panama City criminal defense attorney there who can help you. At Shepard ...
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  • Murder Trial in Panama City Draws Media Attention

    || 27-Dec-2012

    On December 3, 2012, the media was drawn to a murder trial that took place in Panama City, FL, in which a woman, Judy Gsell, was accused of killing her husband and then freezing his body. The gruesome details in the case led to increased attention by various media outlets. Judy Gsell was charged with first degree murder and robbery in the second degree. The case allegedly revolved around drugs and ...
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  • You have seen it dozens of times on TV and in movies – when a suspect is arrested, they are read their Miranda Rights. But what happens when a law enforcement officer makes an arrest and does not read the accused their Miranda Rights? "Is the Arresting Officer Required to Read Me My Miranda Rights?" Law enforcement officers are only required to advise a suspect of their Miranda ...
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  • In Florida, a Misdemeanor is a criminal offense with maximum possible sentence of up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Conversely, a Felony is defined as any criminal offense that is pushable by more than a year incarceration and a fine greater than $1,000. Misdemeanors There are two classes of Misdemeanors in Florida. A Second-Degree Misdemeanor is the lowest degree criminal offense ...
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  • Our Criminal Defense Blog

    || 24-Sep-2012

    Early intervention by a Shepard Law may make a difference in the outcome of your case. If you have been arrested in the Panama City area, contact Shepard Law today. Mr. Shepard is a former prosecutor who has handled thousands of criminal cases in the course of his career. Mr. Shepard and his professional staff of paralegals at Shepard Law are result-oriented and focused on attaining the most ...
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