If you have watched movies, TV or listened to the radio, then it is likely that you have heard the term double jeopardy in reference to criminal trials. Double jeopardy is part of a clause written into the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution that protects you from being tried twice for the same crime. There are a few exemptions to double jeopardy, and some states do not guarantee this right, although the Bill of Rights applies to all local and state governments, ensuring that all defendants get the same protection.
It seems like common sense that you would want a lawyer to represent you if you are charged with a crime. It is not for nothing that the Constitution provides a right to be represented by counsel in a criminal case. However, for a variety of reasons, many people seriously consider representing themselves. Some simply do not trust lawyers, others are concerned about the expense, and yet others feel that their case is a simple matter they can handle themselves. While these feelings can be valid, there are several strong reasons that legal DIY is not a good idea.
Javaris Crittenton, a former star at Georgia Tech, who played three seasons in the NBA, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday morning for killing a 23-year-old mother of four back in August 2011. Crittenton was sentenced to 23 years in prison as part of a plea deal. He apologized for the shooting death of Julian Jones, calling it a "horrible accident". Crittenton was charged with murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal street gang activity.
I-4 is well known for being one of the most dangerous highways in the U.S. It's not surprising when Orlando residents hear about serious car crashes, but this latest tragic event is still a shocker. A woman made a sudden U-turn on I-4 and drove westbound in the eastbound lanes, which led to a fatal crash this past Tuesday night.
Being a college student comes with a lot of freedom, plus a lot of pressure. Over in Orlando, at the University of Central Florida, a surprisingly new kind of problem has risen. While it's not uncommon for some college students to be arrested, there now seems to be a crime epidemic going on at UCF.
It stinks to think about going to a sporting event and having to worry about arrests being made, but it happens more often than you might think. Here in Orlando, we have a brand new professional sports franchise. Orlando City Soccer Club held their first Major League Soccer game ever on March 8th at the Citrus Bowl. There were over 62,000 in attendance, and a large police force there to enforce criminal law.
In Criminal Law there is a term called failure to appear of FTA. What does this mean and what consequences may this have on your criminal case?
There is no denying that the state of Florida is extremely tough when it comes to punishing law-breakers. Florida's strict "10, 20, Life" sentencing law is a law that applies a sentence of 10 years for employing a gun in the commission of a crime, 20 years for firing the gun in the commission of a crime, and 25 to life for injuring or killing someone with a gun.
It's probably the last thing you would think about while on vacation, but you would be surprised at the number of people each year arrested while on vacation. Getting arrested on vacation might be one of the scariest legal troubles you could ever face. It's bad enough to be arrested in your hometown, but imagine being far away and incarcerated!
We take many things for granted in our life, but one thing we should never take for granted is the right to legal representation. Over in Fort Lauderdale, FL, some of our citizens are being denied the right to an attorney.