There are three types of leaving the scene of an accident charges in Florida:
March is the anniversary month for the famous protest along Alabama's Edmund Pettus Bridge led by Martin Luther King Jr. in his mission to achieve fair voting rights. Fifty years later, the fight for equality for African-Americans is not over.
The Supreme Court of the United States is currently tackling a major issue: when do comments on social media cross the line from protected speech to illegal threats? See Elonis v. United States, Docket No. 13-983. In this modern age of Twitter, Facebook, chat-rooms, and other social media platforms, drawing the line between free speech and illegal threats is no simple task.
After Bill Sheppard, Betsy White, and Matthew Kachergus were named as "Best Lawyers" in their practice areas by US News & World Report, Jacksonville Daily Record did a great story on our "family of fighters":
Both child pornography and solicitation to have sex with a minor cases are on the rise. Police departments have committed numerous resources to monitoring chat rooms and trying to lure people into attempting these crimes. A recent Florida case, State v. Martinez, illustrates just how far some law enforcement officers are willing to go. [(12th Cir, Manatee County (May 8, 2014)].
The firm has once again been a Tier 1 law firm by U.S. News - Best Lawyers In America for 2015. This ranking is based "on a vigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process." At least one member of the firm must be included by Best Lawyers in a particular field.
Are there any limits to the warrantless search of a vehicle anymore? Can the police search everywhere in a car once the occupants are removed under the justification of a "protective sweep"? At least one Florida judge recently said that there are some limits under the Constitution. State v Copeland, FLW Supp 2201 COPE (2nd Circuit, Leon County, August 13, 2014).
The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether law enforcement must get a warrant to inspect hotel registries, a very interesting question. On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court held that warrantless GPS monitoring by police is unlawful. This has a very active time for both courts and more important decisions are expected in the coming months.
This is an important position, a significant appointment, and a step in the right direction for the DOJ. The Senate should act quickly to confirm her, a doubtful outcome given its current state of obstructionism.
Once again, members of the firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. Mr. Kachergus was selected in the practice area of Criminal Defense: White Collar and Non-White Collar. Ms. White was selected in the practice area of Appellate Practice and Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar. Mr. Sheppard was selected in five practice areas: Appellate Practice, Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Employment Law - Individuals and First Amendment Law.