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3 things you don’t want to do when facing domestic violence charges

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

Domestic violence has been in the news quite a bit lately, and not for any positive reason. A new study indicates that all the forced “togetherness” people endured over the last couple of years has led to an increase in domestic violence incidents by about 7-8%, overall. Florida treats domestic violence allegations very seriously…. Read More »

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Assault vs battery: Which charge is more serious in Florida?

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

Any violent crime charge requires an effective defense strategy for the defendant, but obviously some violent crime charges are more serious than others. In Florida, there is often confusion over certain terms used in criminal charges, and it’s important to know the meaning of a specific charge if you have been accused of a… Read More »

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Defense narratives: Why primacy and recency matter so much

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

When someone is accused of a violent crime, one of the most critical parts of their defense may be the narrative their attorney conveys to the jury. Why does this matter? Well, mostly because jurors are human beings, and human beings understand facts, figures and other kinds of evidence when those things are presented… Read More »

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Understanding the meaning of ‘homicide’ and the degrees of murder in Florida

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

A homicide occurs when one human causes the death of another. Not all homicides involve criminal actions, and not all homicides lead to a criminal charge. For example, a broad definition of homicide might include a state-sanctioned killing, such as capital punishment (the death penalty). A legal homicide might also involve self-defense or a… Read More »

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What constitutes self-defense in Florida?

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

Everyone has the right to protect themselves in certain situations. In Florida, you have the right to “stand your ground.” But what does that actually mean? Can you take any action necessary to protect yourself, or are there limitations to what qualifies as self-defense? It’s important to note that the legal concepts surrounding self-defense… Read More »

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How does Florida define first degree murder?

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

If you face first degree murder charges in Florida, the specific charge against you may be one of three types of homicide. Florida defines homicide itself as an unlawful killing of another person.  As FindLaw explains, you commit first degree murder, a/k/a capital murder, if you commit one of the following three types of homicide:  Kill… Read More »

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What can I expect after a bar fight assault charge?

By Scott N. Richardson, P.A. |

Alcohol can lead to some interesting consequences, but a bar fight in Florida does not have to ruin your life. There are things you can do if the other person presses assault charges. Remaining silent and calling a criminal defense attorney are the first things you should do. According to the 2019 Florida Statutes… Read More »

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