A Manslaughter Charge For Drejka, But Did He Stand His Ground?

Pinellas County’s Attorney General has decided to settle on a manslaughter charge against the killer of Markeis McGlockton, Michael Drejka, but it is expected that Drejka’s attorneys will probably use Florida’s 2005 ‘stand your ground’ legislation to defend him. Drejka was involved in a deadly altercation in a car park outside a Clearwater convenience store on July 19, 2018. Drejka, allegedly had a history of aggressive behavior and an interest in challenging drivers when using a designated handicapped driver parking space. He apparently got involved in the altercation when McGlockton and his young son disappeared into the convenience store leaving his girlfriend in the car which was parked

Defenses Against a Charge of Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault in Florida is a serious criminal act. Under Florida Stat. §784.021 anyone convicted of aggravated assault, a felony crime in the third degree, can be jailed for up to five years and pay a fine of up to $5,000. But what exactly is aggravated assault? What makes assault ‘aggravated’ and are there any ways that a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can defend someone accused of this crime? Assault and aggravated assault An assault in Florida is any threat of violence against anyone else. It doesn’t involve physical force, but there must be a threat of using force and the ability to carry out the threat as well. An assault is a first degree misdemeanor in Florida. What cha

How Difficult is it to Prove That Someone Was ‘Baked’ When Driving?

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles put out a new ad earlier this year to try and stem the number of crashes that take place when drivers are stoned. ‘Drive Baked, Get Busted’ it says, but how easy really is it for police to spot a ‘baked’ driver and how easy really is it for prosecutors to actually get a conviction for DUI? In fact, there are a number of difficulties in prosecuting someone for driving while under the influence of marijuana, some of which are similar to any DUI (alcohol) cases and some which are unique to marijuana itself and its status in Florida. If you have been arrested for DUI and it is alleged that you were under the influence of marijuana at th

How Can my Mug Shot be Removed from the Internet Once I have Been Informed of the Expungement of My

Getting your criminal record expunged or sealed is never an easy task. You probably assume that once you have completed all the paperwork and had it approved that that will be the end of the matter. It seems that it’s not as simple as that as there are some unscrupulous businesses preying on vulnerable people like you who have somehow got hold of your booking photo and posted it far and wide on the internet for all to see including your employer. That is definitely not the publicity you want. To make matters worse, that very same company has said they will erase all signs of the photo if you front up with $399. Fortunately the Florida Legislature has become wise to this practice and has fina

What’s Behind the Huge Drop in DUI Arrests in South Florida?

Something has happened regarding drunk driving in South Florida and everyone is scratching their heads trying to figure out why. It’s not bad news, in fact, it’s the quite the opposite. DUI arrests have dropped dramatically in and around the City of Miami as well as in Miami-Dade County since 2014. Only 594 people were arrested in Miami-Dade county’s jurisdiction in 2017, down from an average of 1,500 two years previously. In Miami itself, the decline has not been quite so spectacular, but still very significant and large enough to indicate that it is not just a coincidence. The number of arrests has leveled off at around 320 the last two years after a 31% drop from a few years ago. It’s not

What’s the Difference Between State and Federal Criminal Charges?

States can legally enforce their own state laws, but many overlap with federal laws. For example, when it comes to the manufacturing of drugs it is illegal under both federal and state law. Overall, if a federal law is broken, the penalties are far more severe than when a state law is broken and a period in prison is more likely to be imposed. Because many crimes are considered illegal at both the federal and state level the federal government normally defers to the particular state in certain situations. In the end, there are more prosecutions at state than federal level. In some areas, though, the federal government may exercise its prosecution rights even if the particular state appears t

Can Bite Marks be Used as Evidence?

Most criminal proceedings reach a conclusion based on indisputable evidence. Evidence comes in different forms, including DNA and bite marks. The use of bite-marks as evidence Throughout a criminal trial expert witnesses can be called upon to testify if the defendant left any teeth marks or lacerations on his or her victim. The expert witnesses who are called upon are referred to as forensic odontologists. They decide if there is any similarity between the real teeth of the defendant and the pattern of the bite mark on the victim. They use a mold of the teeth of the defendant to draw the comparison. If this match turns out to be positive, the court will consider that teeth marks were caused

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