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Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Discusses Jared Fogle’s Child Pornography Case

Jared Fogle, known around the world as “the Subway Guy,” was once interviewed by a local newspaper about how he had lost significant amounts of weight by eating only Subway sandwiches, which are purportedly a low-calorie and healthy alternative to fast food. Subway learned of his story and invited him to do an advertising campaign for the food chain. The advertisement worked so well that he became the official mascot for the brand, appearing in countless commercials over the years. In each commercial, he held up his old 62-inch jeans to his body to demonstrate how Subway had helped him… Read More

Florida Lawmakers Consider Increasing Penalties for Sexting in Fort Walton Beach

In the age of the Internet, social media, unlimited data plans, and teenagers’ constant use of cellphones, sexting has become a worldwide phenomenon, including in the Fort Walton Beach area. Sexting refers to sending sexually explicit messages and photos through online communication. Common ways to sext include: Text message Snapchat What’s App Kik Facebook Messenger Instagram Twitter Minors have been swept up in the sexting craze, and though the vast majority of them are sexting with teenagers around their age, they are still breaking the law. Child pornography, regardless of the age of the person found in possession or of… Read More

Double Jeopardy Issues In Destin Molestation Cases

According to Florida Statute 794.011, sexual battery occurs when an individual uses a sexual organ or other object to orally, anally, or vaginally penetrate a complainant who either did not consent to the act or was unable to consent. However, lewd or lascivious offenses, defined in Florida Statute 800.04, involve sexual contact with minors under the age of 16. They involve battery, molestation, touching, and/or exhibition.  Penetration is not required. Often times, activity that constitutes lewd or lascivious conduct also qualifies as sexual battery. Overzealous Destin Assistant State Attorneys commonly charge both lewd or lascivious conduct and sexual battery when… Read More

Destin Criminal Defense Attorney Analyzes Traveling to Meet a Minor on To Catch a Predator

In the state of Florida, it is illegal for an individual to travel to meet a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. Traveling to meet a minor became well-known in Florida when the To Catch a Predator television show arrived in the state to film individuals who allegedly intended to meet underage girls. According to the premise of the show, individuals from the show posed as an underage girl, hanging out in various chat rooms and engaging in dialogue with older men. These men would send sexually explicit messages and photos to the supposed child and would… Read More

Common Defenses For Fort Walton Beach Assault Arrests

Whether you were arrested for domestic violence or regular assault in Fort Walton Beach, it is crucial to your defense to craft a theory of the case that will explain to the jury what happened, why it happened, and why you should not be held responsible. There are a multitude of different types of defenses available to individuals accused of assault. However, the defense theories available for your particular case will vary based on the individual facts and circumstances. Below are some defenses commonly presented in assault trials in Fort Walton Beach. Mistaken Identity  Sometimes, the Fort Walton Beach police… Read More

New Innovations In Drunk Driving Prevention Can Help Fort Walton Beach Residents

Recent studies and inventions have shown that drunk driving and DUI arrests can be reduced by encouraging drivers to implement certain steps or attitudes. Uber Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a non-profit advocacy group formed by mothers whose children were killed in alcohol-fueled crashes, has partnered with Uber, the ridesharing phone application, in combating the prevalence of drunk drivers on the road. The two organizations conducted a survey and study and found that the introduction of Uber into a market decreased alcohol-related accidents by 6.5%. This has also led to a 10% decrease in DUIs in some states. Since the advent… Read More

Protecting Your Miranda Rights During a Fort Walton Beach DUI Arrest

When you are arrested for driving under the influence, you have certain rights. These rights include the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches and seizures, the Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial, and the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. In a previous post, I discussed your Fourth Amendment rights during a DUI traffic stop. In this post, I will explain when you have the right to remain silent under Miranda and how this right works. Arizona v. Miranda The Fifth Amendment states, in part, that no person “shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness… Read More

Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Discusses What Happens During a DUI Traffic Stop

During a typical traffic stop in Fort Walton Beach, an intoxicated driver will be on a public roadway like US-98 or I-10, and the driver will either break a traffic law, be driving recklessly, or cause an accident. A police officer will signal for the driver to pull over and will approach the driver’s window. If the officer suspects that the driver is intoxicated, such as due to a strong odor of alcohol, open beer cans in the car, or slurred speech, the officer will ask the driver to get out of the car. The officer will then perform a… Read More

Destin Criminal Defense Lawyer Explains the Various Types of Florida Drug Offenses

The drug laws in Florida can become incredibly confusing for individuals who are not lawyers. If you were arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department for a drug-related offense, it is important to educate yourself on both the types of crimes and their accompanying penalties in order to fully prepare to defend yourself. Stephen G. Cobb, a Board Certified Specialist in Florida criminal law, explains the differences between the multitudes of drug offenses that are criminalized in the state of Florida. Possession Possession occurs when you have illegal drugs either in your physical or constructive possession. Physical possession is when… Read More

Fort Walton Beach DUI Can Cost You More than Just Your Money

The Associated Press is reporting that Judge Lynn Rosenthal of Broward County, Florida has resigned her position following her arrest for DUI in May 2014. On May 27, 2014, a DUI investigation involving Judge Rosenthal was initiated after she hit a parked police vehicle and crashed into a parking lot gate. She would later resolve her case through a plea to an amended charge of reckless driving. Judge Rosenthal maintained that she had been given an incorrect dose of a sleeping aid. She agreed initially to a 90-day suspension without pay from her job for the DUI arrest, but the… Read More