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- Drugged Driving
Many motor vehicle accidents are caused by impaired drivers. While many of these are attributed to drivers under the influence of alcohol, many others are due to drug impairment.
- 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?
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
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.