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Florida Shoplifting Charges Are More Serious Than You Think

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Between inflation and the holidays, there are many Floridians who are feeling the financial strains as they look at prices on food, necessities, and gifts. The temptation to grab an item off the shelf and put it in your pocket is strong, especially when you think the loss to the store is minimal. However,… Read More »

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What Happens At Arraignment In A Florida Criminal Case?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

After being arrested on criminal charges in Florida, one of the first proceedings that takes place in the actual courtroom is the arraignment. The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure use the term initial appearance, in which you are brought before the judge. This hearing must take place within 24 hours after your arrest if… Read More »

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2 Legal Proceedings In Florida DUI Cases

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Florida drunk driving laws are among the toughest in the nation, imposing serious penalties and associated consequences if you are convicted. Even the statute seems to favor law enforcement, giving officers two options for making an arrest. Under the Florida law on Driving Under the Influence (DUI), you could be charged if you have… Read More »

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CriminalDefense

Criminal Charges In Florida: Arrest, Indictment, And Other Key Terms

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Every Florida criminal case is different, and so there are various circumstances under which you could find yourself facing charges. A key reason for the variances is that there are multiple authorities within the criminal justice system that can charge someone with a crime. Law enforcement, prosecutors, and others have access to different tools… Read More »

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3 Types Of Drug Charges In Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Florida has the reputation for being tough on crime, and the laws covering controlled substances are certainly proof. The starting off point for understanding the charges is that these cases are based upon the type and amount of the drug, as well as what you were doing with it. Under the Drug Abuse Prevention… Read More »

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DefenseLaw

Pros And Cons Of Plea Bargaining In A Florida Criminal Case

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

South Florida is the most densely populated area of the state, so you can expect that criminal activity is more prevalent as compared to more rural areas. Data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) confirms this assumption, as there are around 40,500 arrests in Palm Beach County alone every year. Some of… Read More »

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How Seemingly Innocent Social Media Posts Led To An Arrest On Florida Fraud Charges

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, connect with your community, and even market a business. However, it is also possible to share too much via these platforms. A recent case shows how content can also lead to criminal charges, and a press release from the U.S…. Read More »

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South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney V. Public Defender: Pros And Cons

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Though the COVID pandemic certainly had a considerable impact on crime rates in Florida, statistics reveal that police were still hard at work during 2020. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), almost 507,500 people were arrested for criminal misconduct ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. If you are facing charges,… Read More »

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Officials Investigating Criminal Charges Related To Capsized Vessel In South Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

After a three-day search, the US Coast Guard made the difficult decision to suspend efforts to locate survivors who were onboard a vessel that capsized between South Florida and Bimini. Local 10 News covered the story in a January 27, 2022 article, which mentioned that there were 40 individuals aboard the 25-foot boat and… Read More »

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How Plea Bargains Work In Florida Criminal Cases

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

If you were arrested for a misdemeanor, minor felony, or other non-violent offense, there is a possibility that you can resolve the charges through plea bargaining. The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure allow the prosecutor and defense counsel to discuss options, and there are numerous benefits for reaching an agreement. One of the most… Read More »

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