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Florida Criminal Law Blog

Published by Florida Criminal Defense Attorney — M. James Jenkins & Associates

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Under New 2016 Law, Florida Police May No Longer Seize Property Without An Arrest

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 01:59:35 +0000

There was a time when seizing the vehicles and other assets of people who were never even charged with a crime was a substantial source of revenue for law enforcement agencies all over Florida, including Pensacola as well as Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties. Thankfully, at least here in the Sunshine State, seizing […]

Video Voyeurism Hinges on Expectation of Privacy

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:42:41 +0000

Personal cameras are relatively cheap and ubiquitous these days. Practically every cell phone on the market comes with a camera that can record still photos and video. Stand-alone digital cameras are also common. With new technologies, the personal computer being a great example, also comes the ability to abuse them in ways which can result […]

Conditions Of Your Probation: Myths, Rules And How To Avoid A Violation

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 01:36:00 +0000

Nobody wants to go to jail. As we all know, even people who are convicted of crimes are not automatically sent to jail for months or years. Many times, people who, perhaps, have an otherwise clean record or whose crimes were not especially serious, can remain free so long as the meet certain criteria for […]

You Could Be A Drug Dealer And Not Know It

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 01:30:01 +0000

When you hear the term “drug dealer” certain images come to mind. You might picture a guy in a trench coat lurking in the shadows outside of a bar, or maybe a young man who runs up to a car slowly cruising a bad neighborhood. Unfortunately, you can find subjects that meet those descriptions right […]

Public Defenders Are Effective Attorneys for Those Who Qualify

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:36:20 +0000

Anyone who has taken middle school civics, or who has ever seen a cop show on TV, knows the 6th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees those who are accused of a crime have the right to be represented by a lawyer in all critical phases of their criminal case. It’s one of the basic […]

Drug Court can help some offenders avoid jailtime

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 22:59:32 +0000

Thankfully, the criminal justice system recognizes that crimes related to drugs and alcohol are oftentimes rooted in the disease of addiction and offers a respite in a program called Drug Court. If successfully completed, Drug Court helps offenders avoid jail time and, in some cases, can keep a felony conviction off their record. Eligibility for […]

Pre-Trial programs can help offenders avoid convictions

Wed, 03 May 2017 01:22:28 +0000

Everybody makes mistakes. For some people, those mistakes bring them into conflict with the law. Thankfully, Florida law recognizes that, in some cases, offenders deserve a second chance. In Pensacola, Milton, Fort Walton, Destin, and all over Northwest Florida, our State courts offer two programs that defer some offenders away from the criminal justice system […]

Is it legal for me to keep a gun in my car?

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 22:44:42 +0000

As most of us are aware, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American’s right to own a gun. That right doesn’t stop when you get into your vehicle. In fact, in communities like Pensacola, Navarre, Milton and Fort Walton Beach – really, anywhere in this part of Florida — it is quite […]

In Florida is there a difference between pleading “no contest” or pleading “guilty” to a criminal or traffic offense?”

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:00:07 +0000

Many of us have heard the term “no contest,” or in Latin “nolo contendere,” which means “I do not wish to contend,” on television or maybe during a trip to court here in Pensacola, but what does that mean and what is the difference between a plea of no contest and a plea of guilty […]

Should I accept a “plea agreement” if I’m charged with a criminal offense?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:00:12 +0000

A plea agreement is a negotiated contract between a defendant’s attorney and the prosecutor that spells out the sentence that is acceptable to both parties. That sentence is then recommended to the court; it is then up to the court to accept or deny the terms of the plea agreement. Provided the court accepts the […]