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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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Frequently Asked Questions Related to Domestic Violence

The spread of COVID-19 across the world has led to what some are referring to as a double pandemic, as domestic violence allegations have spiked along with the spread of the virus in the last few months. With mounting stress and many families forced to remain under one roof, domestic violence cases are expected to […]

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Have You Been Charged With Racketeering?

In February 2019, Brooklyn rapper Daniel Hernandez, better known by his stage name Tekashi 6ix9ine, pleaded guilty to eight federal charges, including weapon possession, armed robbery, and dealing narcotics. However, it was the initial charge of racketeering that finally saw the famous rapper arrested after multiple acts of violence. But what is a racketeering charge? […]

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Identity Theft: What You Should Know if You’ve Been Accused of Stealing Someone’s Identity

It seems like every month we’re hearing about a new data breach where millions of people’s private information is being stolen. Just such a data breach happened this January to Wawa, and it was reported that customers’ credit card information had been stolen and was being sold over the internet. This is just one of […]

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The Penalties for Drug Trafficking in Florida

The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment describes a changing landscape as illicit drugs like opioids and cocaine continue to affect large portions of the population while states continue to legalize recreational and medical marijuana. Here in Florida, medical marijuana has been legalized, but the penalties for marijuana trafficking remain as strict […]

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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

AGGRAVATED BATTERY CHARGE DISMISSED

The Client was arrested on an active warrant from a 1993 charge of Aggravated Battery while returning from a cruise in Florida. Attorney Anthony Rickman presented case law and evidence to the State showing that
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FELONY CHILD ABUSE CHARGE DISMISSED UPON COMPLETION OF DIVERSION PROGRAM

The Client was arrested and charged with Child Abuse, which is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Attorney Anthony Rickman presented evidence to the State showing that the Client should
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NO CONVICTION FOR POSSESSION OF CANNABIS AND DRUG PARAPHERNALIA CHARGES

The Client was arrested and charged with Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. No Conviction for either charge.
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