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House Passes Bill to Impose Mandatory Minimum for Teenage “Sexters”

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Sexting is the process of taking a pornographic image of oneself and texting it to another person. The practice has grown popular amongst a variety of age groups, and in particular, teenagers. However, what was once an act that might have called for school suspension and being grounded by a parent, may, in the… Read More »

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Florida’s Recent Failed Attempt at Criminal Justice Reform Continues to Hurt Non-Violent Criminals

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Florida recently missed an opportunity to seriously overhaul its criminal justice system. As reported in the Sun Sentinel, the state of Florida spends more than twice as much to lock its population up behind bars than it does on sending them to higher education. Florida’s Department of Corrections budget, which is set at $2.4… Read More »

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Capital Felony for Murder of Elected Official or Law Enforcement Agent

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

A federal prosecutor was recently found dead on a Hollywood, Florida beach, as reported by CBS News. Investigators believe that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the head, or possibly another type of head trauma. While no arrests have been made and the death is still under investigation for foul play, the… Read More »

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Neo-Nazi Arrested for Explosive Devices

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Brandon Russell, a Florida National Guardsman and self-proclaimed neo-nazi, was recently arrested in Key Largo. He and three roommates, all neo-Nazis, had, up until very recently, been living together and allegedly stockpiling explosive devices and chemicals that could be mixed together to create a massive explosion. One of the three roommates, Devon Arthurs, who… Read More »

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Witness Protection Bill and Due Process

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed the witness protection bill (House Bill 111) into law, which conceals the identities of witnesses to murders for up to two years, according to NBC Miami. By not including the witnesses names in police reports, law enforcement agencies and others hope to not only protect witnesses from speaking… Read More »

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Federal Gang Crackdown

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Eighty-three individuals were recently named in a federal indictment for a large variety of gang related crimes, according to the News & Observer. Indeed, 600 law enforcement officers were involved in the federal investigation, which is seeking penalties for offenses committed from as far back as before 2010. The people named are alleged members… Read More »

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Longer Mandatory Minimums as Sessions Overturns Holder Memo of 2013

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Not only has the war on drugs failed to make an impact in lowering the number of illegal narcotics used within the U.S., but in the process, the war on drugs has destroyed the lives of millions of families over the decades. The war on drugs has sent needless numbers of low-grade drug offenders… Read More »

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Florida Body Cameras

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

The growing divide between law enforcement and citizens has been caused by police brutality and over-policing in poor communities. To combat allegations of police corruption and physical abuse, many Florida police units have embraced body cameras to ensure that their conduct was necessary. Although it is not mandatory for a police agency to use… Read More »

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New Florida Law Will Target Criminal Use of Bitcoins

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Money laundering is a serious criminal offense in Florida, and a new law could make it possible to be convicted of money laundering without actually making use of legal currency. Bitcoins, a type of digital currency, can be used by anyone, anonymously, and are not regulated by any governing body. As such, they have… Read More »

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Minors and Auto Theft

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Not all cars are stolen by professional adults who can hotwire a car in mere minutes, take it to a chop shop, and sell the car for more money in parts than the car is actually worth. There is another growing trend in Florida made up of teenagers and pre-teens who break into vehicles… Read More »

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