Often, it is in the investigation of a certain event in Jacksonville where law enforcement officials may discover ancillary issues which lead to other seemingly unrelated criminal charges. While some may argue that one’s actions and behavior patterns would have eventually revealed the criminal activity that he or she was allegedly engaged in, people should still be able to expect a right to privacy and due process. Yet at times, circumstances may end up uncovering issues that officials may be prompted to act upon.
It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of our dear friend, Scharlette Holdman. Scharlette was an unstoppable force of nature, who did more to stop the death penalty than virtually any other individual in this country. We first met Scharlette 40 years ago, when she was working out of a tiny donated office in Tallahassee.
The use of dogs to sniff out contraband remains one of the most frequent methods by which police discover contraband in vehicles traveling on the highway. The Supreme Court has allowed such searches in limited circumstances, but only in those instances where there is not a delay between the stop and the dog's arrival. Anything beyond a brief delay constitutes a seizure, which requires probable cause to be lawful. This "time-limiting doctrine" was firmly adopted by the Supreme Court in Rodriguez v. United States.
Not all criminal cases in Florida end up in trial. Many end early thanks to plea bargaining. The purpose of plea negotiation and how it works are described below.