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Recent Posts in Criminal Defense Category

  • What Is Pre-Trial Intervention?

    || 2-Jan-2019

    Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) is a program that offers first time felony offenders a chance to avoid some of the hurdles of having a criminal conviction by moving their case away from the trial court process. If you have been charged with a qualifying third degree felony, you might be eligible for this program. The PTI program is like being on probation. After you successfully complete the program, ...
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  • How College Campuses "Handle" Sexual Assault Allegations

    || 10-Dec-2018

    Investigations of sexual assaults at colleges and universities have gained significant attention from news outlets throughout the country. According to a 2017 report from the Department of Education, there were more than more than 300 open investigations of sexual assault cases. The Department of Education also noted that the following schools in Florida were under investigation: Full Sail ...
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  • What Happens If I Fail to Register as a Sex Offender in Florida?

    || 7-Nov-2018

    The state of Florida has strict registration requirements for people who have been convicted of sex crimes. Under Florida Statute 943.0435, sex offenders and sexual predators must comply with the following reporting guidelines: Report in person to the sheriff’s office to register within 48 hours of being released from prison. Report in person to the sheriff’s office to register within ...
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  • What to Do If You Are Arrested While on Vacation in Florida

    || 15-Oct-2018

    Florida is a very popular tourist destination for people across the country and around the world. People vacation in Florida to relax, unwind, and enjoy the state’s many attractions. Unfortunately, your long awaited vacation can become a nightmare if you find yourself being taken to jail by Florida law enforcement officers. Our state attracts a variety of students and tourists who sometimes ...
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  • How Much Influence Does a Prosecutor Have on a Criminal Case?

    || 3-Sep-2018

    When it comes to criminal defense, there are a number of factors that can have a major influence on the outcome of a person’s case. People often think the judge has the most power, and while the judge does have a significant role in a criminal defense case, most people overlook the influence of the prosecutor. In this blog, we explain how much influence prosecutors have on criminal cases. ...
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  • Why You Should Never Let Police In Your Home Without a Warrant

    || 1-Aug-2018

    When police are at your door, it can be a frightening experience, especially if you don’t know all of your rights. A sudden knock on the door from law enforcement can leave you wondering: Do I have to answer the door? Am I legally obligated to speak to the police? Can the police enter my home without my permission? A “knock and talk” is a common investigative technique used by ...
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  • 6 Most Frequently Committed Crimes

    || 13-Jun-2018

    At Albaugh Law Firm, we have taken on all sorts of criminal cases and have helped numerous clients clear their name and restore their reputation. As criminal defense lawyers with more than half a century of collective experience, we understand how tough it can be to prove your innocence under the law. If you are charged with a crime, you should immediately call our attorneys to discuss how to ...
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  • How a Drug Dealer Gets Caught By Law Enforcement

    || 17-Apr-2018

    The United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), spends nearly $15 billion a year on investigating drug crimes. State and local police spend about $25 billion investigating similar drug offenses. With an annual total of $40 billion, about $500 is spent per second investigating drug crimes in the U.S. The DEA collaborates with the FBI, CIA and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to combat both national ...
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  • The Worst Forms of White Collar Crimes, According to the FBI

    || 7-Mar-2018

    The term white collar crime was first coined in 1939, but has since become synonymous with a wide range of deceptive and fraudulent practices committed by business and government professionals. White collar crimes involve deceit, concealment, or violation of trust. These crimes are usually motivated by financial incentives such as gaining more wealth, property, or a personal or business advantage. ...
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  • A federal judge declared that the process for restoring voting rights to felons in Florida is unconstitutional. In a strongly worded ruling, U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said the disenfranchisement of felons who have served their time is "nonsensical" and violates the First and 14th Amendments of the Constitution. While the majority of U.S states don’t allow people who are ...
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  • What to Do If You Are Charged with a Drug Crime

    || 4-Jan-2018

    Although the Florida Office of Drug Control says that over $300 million has been invested in drug control programs statewide, there were still 1,553 arrests for drug-related offenses in Bay County in 2013. In fact, illegal possession of controlled substances are of special concern to law enforcement. According to The Office of Drug Control, cocaine is the number one drug threat to the state of ...
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  • What to Look for in a Criminal Defense Attorney

    || 7-Dec-2017

    It is important to find the lawyer that is right for your particular case and situation. This is especially true when it comes to looking for a criminal defense attorney. Hiring a good lawyer to defend your legal rights can be the difference between leaving the court room victorious, or having handcuffs shackled to your wrists. In this blog, we explain what you should look for in a criminal ...
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  • Florida's Statutory Rape Law

    || 13-Nov-2017

    In the United States, the age of consent is the minimum age at which a person is considered legally old enough to consent to participate in sexual activity. In Florida, the age of consent is 18 years old, which means individuals aged 17 or younger are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may lead to statutory rape charges. Statutory rape is prosecuted under ...
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  • My Florida Driver's License was Suspended: What Do I Do Now?

    || 6-Sep-2017

    In Florida, as it is in all states, driving is a privilege and not a right. To this end, your driving privileges can be suspended or revoked as a penalty for a number of reasons by taking away or invalidating your Florida driver’s license. One of the most common reasons a driver’s license is suspended in Florida is being arrested for or convicted of driving under the influence ( DUI ), ...
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  • Am I Eligible for Expungement?

    || 4-Aug-2017

    For anyone who has been arrested or convicted of a crime in Florida, seeking expungement could prove extremely beneficial. An expungement will remove the offending crime from your records, sealing the record from every source, including government agencies unless they have a warrant. Removing certain incidents from your record may make it easier to obtain better employment opportunities, and could ...
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  • Florida Penalties for DUI

    || 30-Jun-2017

    According to Florida law, DUI is a criminal offense that is proved by impairment of normal faculties or unlawful blood alcohol content (BAC) of.08 or above. The following are the potential DUI offenses according to the number of convictions: First DUI Offense Maximum jail sentence of six months Fine between $500 and $1,000, if BAC is.08 or above Fine between $1,000 and $2,000, if BAC is.15 or ...
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  • Guidelines for Concealed Carry Laws in Jacksonville, Florida

    || 22-Sep-2016

    Florida gun owners who wish to exercise their right to carry a concealed weapon in Jacksonville need to know the law. What Is Florida’s Concealed Carry Law? Concealed carry is a term that applies to carrying a firearm on one’s person in public in such a way that it is hidden from view. Concealed carry is legal in Jacksonville and throughout the state of Florida as long as the gun owner ...
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  • Things to Know Before Drinking in Public

    || 23-Jun-2016

    Northeast Florida has lots of reasons to enjoy a beer or other alcoholic beverage outdoors. Many people enjoy drinking at the beach, while tailgating at a Jaguars game, or bar hopping on St. George Street in St. Augustine or in Riverside and Bayside in Jacksonville. In reality, there are almost as many different rules about having an open container as there are places or reasons to have one. ...
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  • What Constitutes Probable Cause?

    || 10-Jun-2016

    Probable cause is an essential component of our legal system. Before a police officer can pull you over, search your vehicle, or arrest you, they must have probable cause that you have committed a crime. This – probable cause – is the basis of many criminal cases, and it is possible for a criminal case to be thrown out on evidence that was acquired by an officer when conducting a ...
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  • What To Expect After an Arrest

    || 16-May-2016

    After a person has been arrested in Duval County, several things will happen. They will be searched prior to being placed in the patrol car and again when they arrive at the county jail. If you have something illegal at the time of your arrest and the officer does not find it until you are searched at the jail, you may be charged with attempting to bring contraband into the jail. This can ...
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  • Statement to Law Enforcement

    || 30-Dec-2015

    If you encounter law enforcement this holiday season, or in the future, it is important to know and exercise your rights. Please save this Statement to Law Enforcement Exercising Your Rights to your phone, or print it to keep on you at all times. You never know when you may need it. All of us at Albaugh Law wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year. Stay safe and remember we are here 24/7 if ...
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  • Perhaps the most common driving offense in Florida involves operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. I have represented clients of all ages and from all walks of life in St. Johns, Duval, Flagler and Volusia Counties in suspended license cases that ranged from civil traffic infractions to felonies. This blog will examine the different reasons a person’s driver’s license may ...
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  • No Miranda Read!

    || 1-May-2015

    Most people have heard the term Miranda Warning and have at least a general understanding of what it means from watching movies or television. Some of you may even be able to recite all or part of it: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for ...
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  • Search & Seizure - Part 2: Know Your Rights!

    || 24-Apr-2015

    If you don’t know your rights, you cannot exercise them to protect yourself. In part two of our blog on search and seizure, I will focus on street encounters with law enforcement. As a criminal defense attorney people always ask me about their rights if an officer comes up to them on the street and asks them questions without a reason to do so. They wonder if they have to answer, if they can ...
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  • Search & Seizure - Part 1: Just Say "No" to Searches

    || 17-Apr-2015

    Do you understand your Fourth Amendment right against unlawful searches and seizures? Few people do, and law enforcement often takes advantage of the average person’s ignorance regarding their rights and uses it to perform searches, gather evidence and build cases against them when they would otherwise be unable to do so. In this blog we will discuss the two most common scenarios where you ...
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