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What Qualifies as “Cyberstalking” in Florida for Purposes of a Domestic Violence Injunction?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Cyberstalking has become a major concern in recent years. Thanks to ubiquitous social media technology, it is far too easy for someone with hostile intentions to track a person’s movements and use electronic means to harass or frighten them. At the same time, it is critical to understand that not every use of technology… Read More »


When Does “Double Jeopardy” Bar Multiple Convictions for the Same Actions?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In criminal law, there is a constitutional rule against “double jeopardy.” As expressed in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this rule states no person may be “subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” Of course, there are some important caveats to this rule. First,… Read More »


The Consequences of a Felony Welfare Fraud Conviction

By Julia Kefalinos |

The phrase “convicted felon” probably conjures up an image of someone charged with murder, rape, or drug trafficking. But there are many non-violent crimes that also qualify as felonies under Florida state law. For example, many types of fraud are prosecuted as felonies. This includes individuals charged with fraudulently obtaining government benefits. Florida Appeals… Read More »


What Are My Debt Relief Options Following the Government Shutdown?

By Julia Kefalinos |

The recent partial federal government shutdown was the longest in U.S. history, and affected hundreds of thousands of workers. This includes not just direct employees of the federal government, but also individuals who work for government contractors, many of whom still have yet to receive back pay. For Florida workers living paycheck-to-paycheck, this means… Read More »


Is It Domestic Violence If My Brother Steals My Cat?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence injunction is a specific kind of legal tool. It is designed by the Florida legislature to protect individuals who have already been the victims of violence, or who have “reasonable cause” to believe they are in “imminent danger” of such violence. It is not, however, something to be deployed against a… Read More »


Domestic Violence Accusations and Child Custody Battles

By Julia Kefalinos |

It is not uncommon for one parent, locked in the heat of a child custody battle, to accuse the other parent of domestic violence. That is why there are laws and procedures in place to adjudicate such allegations. Unfortunately, there are cases where the accusing parent may not accept the court’s decision and attempts… Read More »


How a Domestic Violence Arrest Can Affect Your Probation–Even Decades Later

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence arrest can have serious ramifications if you are already serving probation for a prior criminal offense. Indeed, if convicted, a domestic violence charge can provide sufficient grounds for a judge to revoke your parole and send you to jail. And Florida prosecutors are always quick to jump on any chance to… Read More »


Florida Supreme Court Rejected Challenge to Ex-Florida A&M Band Member’s Manslaughter, Hazing Convictions

By Julia Kefalinos |

Manslaughter is a state crime defined as the “killing of a human being … without lawful justification,” under circumstances that do not otherwise qualify as murder or justifiable homicide. In simple terms, manslaughter is an unlawful killing that is not premeditated. So even in cases where a defendant is simply negligent or reckless, they… Read More »


Can the Police Force You to Unlock Your Smartphone?

By Julia Kefalinos |

These days, most of us keep our entire lives on our smartphones. But this also means our phones present a tempting target for law enforcement officers conducting criminal investigations. In recent years, a number of courts have had to confront the issue of whether or not the government can force a person to provide… Read More »


Can I Lose My Right to Own a Firearm Over a Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Charge?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are charged with domestic violence, you might think pleading guilty to a misdemeanor will make things easier for you. But in many cases just the opposite is true. Even a misdemeanor conviction can affect your civil rights in critical ways–and possibly lead to additional criminal charges down the line. Judge: “Civil Rights… Read More »

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