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Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Florida? You May Have Just Committed a Felony

Florida is without a doubt a pro-gun state. The Sunshine State has enacted a number of pro-gun laws designed to protect lawful gun owners — we covered this topic recently in our article on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. But there is an important distinction that must be made: Florida does not support the illegal […]

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How Florida Approaches Domestic Violence Cases

Florida’s priority is to keep victims of domestic violence safe. The state has made it incredibly easy for alleged victims to obtain domestic violence injunctions, or restraining orders. The state has also given law enforcement the authority to make an arrest if they suspect that there is an incident of domestic violence. At every turn, […]

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Fraud Cases Could Spike Due to COVID-19

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may not be the only thing that continues to see an increase in cases this summer. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there are a variety of fraudulent schemes actively occurring as people try to exploit the pandemic to their benefit. In this article, we will […]

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How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Turn Your Life Upside Down

Domestic violence accusations often come out of nowhere to blindside alleged perpetrators. Little do they know that the effects of an accusation last far beyond a court hearing and time spent in county jail. The effects can last for the remainder of their life. In this brief article, we discuss how a domestic violence accusation […]

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Theft Laws in Florida: The Line Between Misdemeanor and Felony

The state of Florida is notorious for having strict anti-theft laws. It was only just recently that the threshold for grand theft was raised from a meager $300 to $750 — the first time it was raised in 35 years. But despite this needed adjustment, the nuances of theft laws in Florida can easily result […]

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Understanding Drug Trafficking vs. Intent to Distribute

The state of Florida has some of the strictest drug laws and penalties in the United States. Therefore, being accused of drug trafficking or possession with intent to distribute can lead to devastating consequences for both the charged individual and their loved ones due to the loss of their job, significant fines, and prison time.  […]

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Common Defenses for Assault and Battery

In the state of Florida, assault and battery are two separate but closely related crimes. Assault refers to the threat of imminent bodily harm, while battery is defined as the physical impact inflicted on another person. As a rule of thumb, assault generally precedes battery, which is why the crimes can be paired together as […]

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Uncertain Times May Lead to More Wrongful Convictions

A recent news story out of California reported a 50 percent increase in robberies in Santa Ana. Suspects are taking advantage of public health guidelines requiring the use of a mask or face covering in public places like gas stations, liquor stores, and grocery stores. It’s not the first news story we’ve seen related to […]

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Can Your Criminal Sentence Be Reduced or Modified?

If you have been convicted of a crime, you may be wondering what can be done to reduce, modify, or correct your sentence following a criminal conviction. In this brief article, a criminal defense lawyer in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm covers the circumstances in which your sentence may be modified or reduced. If […]

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In Quarantine With an Abuser — When the Victim Becomes the Accused

The National Domestic Violence Hotline reports that, on average, more than one in three women and one in four men in the United States will have experienced some form of violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The nationwide quarantine, enforced as a result of the coronavirus, has caused a drastic increase in the […]

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Case Results

DOMESTIC BATTERY, BATTERY AND CRIMINAL MISCHIEF CHARGES DISMISSED

The Client was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery, Battery and Criminal Mischief after the Client allegedly got into a physical altercation with his ex-wife during a child custody exchange and damaged her car. Attorney
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FELONY GRAND THEFT CHARGE DISMISSED UPON COMPLETION OF DIVERSON PROGRAM

The Client was arrested for Grand Theft after allegedly depositing a paycheck from an employer four times to obtain additional funds. Attorney Anthony Rickman worked with the State and had the client placed
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FELONY DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED CHARGE REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR

The Client was arrested and charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked as a habitual offender, which is a third-degree felony. Although the Client had an extensive criminal history and poor driving record, Attorney
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