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  • Self-Defense VS. Manslaughter

    Manslaughter, albeit a lesser crime than murder, is a criminal offense; whereas a true self-defense killing is not a crime.

  • What Are the Different Types of Criminal Homicide?
      by HG.org

    Homicide is the taking of a human life. Every state in the US has its own unique classifications of homicide, but these classifications generally fall into three general categories. Those general categories are murder, manslaughter, and justifiable homicide.

  • Florida Sentencing Enhancements Pt. 2: Habitual Felony Offenders & Habitual Violent Felony Offenders

    This article presents an overview of the Habitual Felony Offender and Habitual Violent Felony Offender statutes. Unlike the PRR statute, which precludes the court from imposing a sentence that is less than the statutory maximum, these recidivist provisions increase the statutory maximum and, in the case of an HVFO, impose certain minimum mandatory prison terms as well.

  • Thirteen New Crime-Related Laws to Know for 2013

    This article’s focus is narrower. The following new laws affect criminal liability, as they are additions to the Penal Code and involve criminal liability, meaning jail, prison, fines, seizure or forfeiture of assets. The laws are referred to by the AB or SB number, or Assembly Bill and Senate Bill number, respectively. Their statutory reference in the Penal Code will be established shortly, but are not at this time.

  • Marijuana Grower’s Conviction for Voluntary Manslaughter Upheld from Killing Thief of His Crop

    The issue here for PD was whether he followed a continuing course of conduct, allowing the court to punish him for multiple, separate, distinguishable acts so that § 654 was not violated. The California Supreme Court in Neal v. State of California (1960) 55 Cal. 2d. 11, first allowed such an approach, which the Fresno judge obviously followed by adding a twenty-five year term to the three year term, although the two sentences were to be served concurrently.

  • Stand Your Ground Laws
      by HG.org

    Self-defense is not a new idea or concept. It has been around for many years. The notion of protecting yourself against intruders is something most citizens take to heart. It is better to have some way of protecting yourself in your own home when intruders invade, and such instances allow a victim to fight back if necessary.

  • Involuntary Manslaughter Conviction Upheld for Injury from Eight Years Earlier

    Jose Moncada was caring for his then three month old son, Joseph. Joseph was fussy and Jose became frustrated from the crying.

  • Safety or Profit? Red-Light Cameras in Florida

    Increasing the length of a yellow light, along with an "all stop" cycle, would do more to increase safety at intersections than red light cameras do. In March 2012, Pascoe County Judge Anne Wansboro ruled in favor of Thomas Filippone, who, after having travelled through an intersection that was equipped with a red-light camera, received a $158 traffic ticket in the mail.

  • Supreme Court Opinion Raises Bar for Criminal Defense Attorneys

    In mid March of 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States approved a request for a new trial for a Michigan man who claimed that his lawyer had been giving him bad advice. The Cooper case highlights one of the most important aspects that both lawyers and the general public should take into account when it comes to cases of criminal defense.

  • Vehicular Manslaughter and Criminal Charges that Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Fight

    Vehicular manslaughter is one of the most serious criminal charges you can face for a traffic-related violation, and it is most commonly seen in conjunction with charges like reckless driving or driving under the influence. If you or someone you know has been arrested for and charged with this type of crime in Fort Lauderdale, reach out to a team of criminal defense lawyers immediately.


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