Last week, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion clarifying the types of firearms convicted felons may possess. Section 790.23 of the Florida Statutes prohibits convicted felons from possessing firearms. However, the law also exempts any firearm manufactured before 1918, or replicas of pre-1918 firearms. Weeks v. State involved a case against a convicted felon who hunted with a .50 caliber muzzle-loaded rifle. Weeks' rifle largely copied a pre-1918 firearm, but used a modern scope.
Bill Sheppard and Sam Jacobson have filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court on behalf of registered voters within the Fourth Judicial Circuit. The lawsuit alleges that the written-in candidacy of Kenny Leigh is a sham designed to close the election primary for the Office of State Attorney to registered Democrats and Independents. The lawsuit seeks to open the primary, which will effectively determine which candidate will be elected to the State Attorney position, to all registered voters.
On February 13, 2015, the Fifth District Court of Appeal decided the case of Oliver v. State, 2015 WL 585536 (Fla. 5th DCA 2015). In Oliver, the defendant was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for an inoperable tag light. The stop itself was not challenged on appeal. After the stop, the officer, in an aggressive manner, ordered the defendant to "keeps his hands on the f***ing dashboard." After a canine sniff alerted the officers to the presence of drugs in the car, the officers searched the defendant and found marijuana and a firearm on his person.
Our ever vigilant clients recently brought to our attention a website claiming to be able to provide medical marijuana certificates. The website states that medical marijuana is already legal in Florida for those with a medical necessity. The website also claims that if a patient can prove medical necessity to a law enforcement officer, they are not subject to arrest. However, these claims are completely untrue.
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.
Congratulations to Bill Sheppard and Sam Jacobson for their receipt of the Henry Lee Adams, Jr. Diversity Trailblazer Award presented by the Jacksonville Bar Association Diversity Committee. This award is given,"In recognition of outstanding leadership for diversity and inclusion efforts, as well as a remarkable legacy that has paved the way for the advancement of others." Having received a number of past honors from various organizations, Mr. Sheppard is especially proud to have received this honor, named after one of his former law partners.
Our own Bill Sheppard and Betsy White are featured in an article written by The Florida Times Union about the state's prohibition against same-sex marriage. The weddings of thousands of gay and lesbian couples throughout Florida since January 6th were made possible in part because of the the groundbreaking lawsuit brought by Sheppard and White.
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":