Category: Criminal Defense

Understanding Florida Fake ID Laws: Consequences and Legalities

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Facing the law with a fake ID in Florida? The state’s Florida fake ID laws are tough, imposing severe penalties for those caught with counterfeit identification. These can range from third-degree felony charges to fines up to $5,000, including potential incarceration. This article outlines Florida’s enforcement of fake ID laws, the penalties incurred, and how…
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Defensive Force Decoded: Navigating Your Rights Under the Stand Your Ground Law

A gun and a gavel rest side by side on a desk, symbolizing the complex interplay of self-defense and legal judgment under Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

“Stand Your Ground” in Florida: Know Your Rights, Protect Yourself The words “Stand Your Ground” can spark heated debate. But whether you agree with the law or not, if you live in Florida, it’s a reality you can’t ignore. Understanding how this law works could mean the difference between freedom and prison time – for…
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Recreational Marijuana in Florida: What’s Next? Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Weighs In

The potential legalization of recreational marijuana in Florida continues to spark debate, raising questions about the impact on our state’s criminal justice system. Recently, WPTV explored this issue in-depth, including insights from Meltzer & Bell criminal defense attorney, Ari Goldberg. With our experience defending Florida residents facing marijuana-related charges, we offer our perspective on this…
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Essential Strategies on How to Get Child Neglect Charges Dropped

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Are you trying to learn how to get child neglect charges dropped? The key to a positive outcome lies in precise legal actions and experienced counsel. This guide offers actionable insights into building a defense that could lead to having charges dismissed, ensuring you understand the journey ahead without unnecessary complexity or jargon. Key Takeaways…
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Charges Dropped Against Therapist in Palm Beach Central Case; Meltzer & Bell Secures Resounding Legal Victory

Renowned criminal defense firm celebrates case dismissal, restoring Carter’s reputation and highlighting their legal prowess. In a major win for justice, charges have been officially dropped against Priscilla Carter, the therapist wrongly accused in the controversial Palm Beach Central High School investigation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A., led by prominent defense attorney Ari Goldberg, spearheaded Carter’s…
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Navigating the Nuances of Obscenity Laws Florida: A Legal Guide

An image featuring a laptop, a gavel, and handcuffs on a desk, representing the complex journey of navigating the nuances of obscenity laws in Florida.

Understanding obscenity laws Florida is crucial if you’re navigating the legalities of potentially explicit content. These laws balance free speech with societal standards, outlining what is considered obscene and illegal to distribute, possess, or create. This article cuts through the legal jargon to provide you with a straightforward guide on Florida’s obscenity statutes, enforcement practices,…
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Navigating Legal Challenges: Your Guide to Resisting Arrest Charges in Florida

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Imagine being accused of resisting arrest and facing legal ramifications that could impact your life. Understanding the complexities of resisting arrest charges in Florida and the importance of hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney, such as a resisting arrest lawyer, to represent you is critical in such situations. This blog post will guide you through…
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Understanding Malicious Prosecution Florida Claims

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Imagine being wrongfully accused of a crime or sued for baseless reasons. The consequences can be devastating, affecting your reputation, finances, and emotional well-being. In Florida, those who have been subjected to such wrongful legal actions have recourse through malicious prosecution claims. This blog post will provide a comprehensive guide to understanding malicious prosecution Florida…
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What is the Difference Between Robbery and Burglary – Explained

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Imagine returning home after a long day to find your front door ajar and your belongings scattered. Or being confronted by an armed assailant demanding your wallet while walking down the street. Both scenarios are frightening and can leave lasting emotional scars. But did you know that these incidents are classified as two different crimes?…
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Exploring Indictment vs Arrest in Florida (2023)

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When facing the criminal justice system, it’s crucial to understand the differences between an arrest and an indictment. These two legal processes serve distinct purposes and have varying implications for the accused. In this blog post, we’ll explore the nuances of “indictment vs arrest” in Florida, discuss their legal processes, and offer guidance on navigating…
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Everything You Need to Know About Getting Arrested at the Airport in 2023

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Imagine the panic of being detained at the airport, unsure of what’s happening or what to do next. Airports are high-security environments, and getting arrested can be a nightmare scenario for anyone. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about getting arrested at the airport, from the common scenarios…
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Meltzer & Bell, P.A. Wins Groundbreaking Stand Your Ground Case in Florida

Stand Your Ground

The Florida Court of Appeal has issued a groundbreaking decision extending the interpretation of the state’s “stand your ground” law. The court’s ruling, involving defendant Richard Burns, held that loading and openly carrying a gun in one’s own yard does not constitute criminal use of deadly force. Burns, represented by Ari S. Goldberg and Lawrence…
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Understanding Your Rights During a Police Encounter: What Every Citizen Should Know

Police Encounter

Understandably, we all find police encounters nerve-wracking, even if the situation finds you minding your business and abiding by the law. Such complicated situations require understanding your civil rights and how to defend them. Fortunately, you’re in the right place. This comprehensive piece will dive into what every citizen should know about their rights during…
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Human Trafficking Charges – What Are Human Trafficking Penalties?

Human Trafficking Charges

Human trafficking is the illegal use of coercion, force, or fraud to obtain labor, commercial sex, and services from unwilling participants or underage victims. Prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and lawmakers regard human trafficking as modern slavery. Persons are guilty of human trafficking charges if one has participated in harboring, recruiting, soliciting, or transporting human beings for…
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Fighting Insider Trading Charges

Insider Trading Charges

When you use confidential or nonpublic information to trade stocks, bonds, or other securities, it’s called insider trading, which is illegal in the United States. Potential penalties are heavy fines, imprisonment, or both. Since the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) punishes illegal insider trading harshly, you need to defend yourself when facing these charges. With…
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Perjury in Florida: What Constitutes Lying Under Oath

Perjury in Florida

Truthful court testimonies are the backbone of the American justice system. Without the truth, there can’t be justice. Even so, there are several cases of witnesses lying under oath. In Florida state, perjury, or simply lying under oath, is a serious offense that comes with severe punishments and hefty penalties. And while in most cases,…
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Understanding Castle Law and Stand Your Ground Defense in Florida

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Florida’s stand-your-ground law has been a controversial issue since its adoption in 2005. The legislation provides guidelines for when and how an individual can defend themselves against an imminent physical threat. Most recently, the extensive coverage of the Trayvon Martin case has brought a resurgence of attention to Florida’s stand-your-ground law and how it can…
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Understanding Justifiable Homicide in Florida – What Does It Entail?

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Let’s face it; no one deserves to sustain life-threatening bodily injury or have their life ended by another person prematurely. But sometimes, that is the only option available when dealing with a dangerous situation. It may not be your intention to hurt or end another person’s life, but you may be justified if the circumstances…
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What Is the Punishment for Filing a False Police Report?

False Police Report

Citizens are required to file a police report when an incident involving a violation of the law occurs. However, the report should be factual and, at the same time, should be free of biased opinions or hearsay. This is because a police report is one of the court documents that are the foundation of a…
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Florida White Collar Crime Lawyers

White Collar Crime Lawyer

White-collar crime refers to a wide range of offenses committed within the corporate setting. These offenses entail fraudulent activities and similar corporate crimes. They are serious indictments that can see you locked up for many years and even for life. They also attract heavy fines and restitution costs. Many white-collar crimes are considered felonies. A…
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How to Beat a Drug Trafficking Charge

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When you’re accused of drug trafficking in West Palm Beach, Florida, you may feel the need to speak up for yourself and try to arrive at a resolution without thinking of hiring an attorney. While you’re rightfully worried about the situation’s outcome, you must take the necessary steps to ensure a better result in the…
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Is Shoplifting the Same as Petty Theft?

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While shoplifting and petty theft might seem similar from the outlook, they are technically regarded as dissimilar charges under Florida criminal law. Despite being treated as minor crimes, these offenses usually carry significant penalties upon conviction. The Florida Legislature has put punitive measures on petty thieves and shoplifters, especially if it is a repeat action….
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Drug Possession Laws in Florida

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Some states have recently rolled back their drug possession charges and legalized certain drugs. For instance, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize drug possession for personal use in November of 2020, and cannabis is fully legal for medical and recreational use in many states including California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, and Washington.   Florida, however,…
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How Long Is Your Car Impounded for a DUI in Florida?

When you drive under the influence in Florida, you could face many consequences including time in jail and hefty fines. It’s also possible that you’ll lose your car when law enforcement impounds it. Hiring a DUI lawyer with hundreds of wins in Florida will give you the best shot at coming out on top.  …
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Is a DUI a Felony in Florida?

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If you’ve been arrested for driving under the influence in the Sunshine State, one of your first questions may be, “Is a DUI a felony in Florida?” The short answer is “sometimes.” To fully answer that question, it’s important to understand the larger picture of Florida DUI law.   Defining Driving Under the Influence of…
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How to Pick a DUI Lawyer

If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence in Florida, you know that you need the assistance of a DUI lawyer, but you may not know how to go about selecting one. When considering how to pick a DUI lawyer, you may not feel comfortable asking friends, coworkers, and acquaintances for referrals. That’s understandable….
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New Mask Rule Passed in Palm Beach County & What That Means

New Mask Rule Passed in Palm Beach County

On January 22nd, Palm Beach County commissioners voted 7-0 requiring masks to be worn in public indoor spaces or outdoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. The commissioners passed the ordinance despite the unrelenting crowd of constituents without masks. The vote was met with outrage as people hurled insults, threats and claimed the board had…
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