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Featured Post What is the Minimum Sentence for Burglary in Florida?

Burglary is a property crime that a person commits when they enter another person's premises with the intent to commit a crime, especially theft. To be accused of burglary, a ...

    • Palmetto Double-Murder Suspect Arrested in Tampa

      On Monday (Sep. 7), two brothers were shot execution style at Snappy’s Mart and Grocery Store in Palmetto. The search for the man responsible for the ...

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    • Police Make Additional Arrest in Tampa Diamond Heist

      Thursday, December 12, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested a third man over the diamond heist that occurred at the ...

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    • Claiming Self-Defense in an Assault or Battery Charge

      If you are facing criminal charges for assault or battery in Tampa, Florida, or anywhere else in the state, you could be facing serious penalties ...

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    • Nick Carter Arrested in Key West

      KEY WEST, Fla. – Nick Carter, one of the infamous members of the boy band, Backstreet Boys, was just trying to enjoy his vacation when he was arrested ...

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    • What is Withhold of Adjudication in Florida?

      As a criminal defense firm, each day we represent people who’ve made mistakes in their lives. Of course, we all make mistakes, but some mistakes are ...

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    • What Shows Up on a Background Check?

      If you have any run-ins with the wrong side of the law, you may find yourself wondering, “Will any of it show up on a background check?” and for good ...

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  • BUI
    • Gasparilla: Festivities, Pirates & BUIs

      Before Tampa earned a reputation as an ideal vacation destination, it was frequented by pirates stopping between their crusades for a bounty on the ...

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    • Return of the Gasparilla Pirate Festival

      Who doesn’t love a bit of pirate folklore and festive celebration? The Gasparilla Pirate Festival is an exciting time for the city of Tampa. It can ...

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    • What is the Minimum Sentence for Burglary in Florida?

      Burglary is a property crime that a person commits when they enter another person's premises with the intent to commit a crime, especially theft. To ...

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    • Will I Be Charged for Breaking Into a Car?

      Everybody makes mistakes, and no one deserves to receive a lifetime of punishment for one small slip up, especially for a first-time infraction. One ...

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    • Despite High Breath Test Results, Thomas & Paulk Get DUI Charges Reduced

      Thomas & Paulk recently represented a client who was arrested for DUI after being stopped for an alleged traffic infraction. The Tampa police officer ...

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    • Thomas & Paulk Get DUI Charges Reduced to Reckless Driving

      The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office was contacted by an individual who reported seeing a possibly impaired driver. A deputy responded to the call ...

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    • Teen Sexting and Child Pornography in Florida

      If it seems to you as if virtually all U.S. teens have smartphones, you are right. According to a recently released Pew Research Center report on ...

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    • Florida's Sex Offender Registry Requirements

      If you were recently arrested for a sexually-motivated crime in Tampa, you may be wondering if you will have to register as a sex offender, which is ...

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    • The Penalties in Florida for Selling Alcohol to a Minor

      Under Florida law, providing alcohol to minors is a crime. However, the crime doesn't just apply to private citizens buying or giving alcohol to ...

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    • DUI Enforcement August 6 Through 12

      The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is beginning its DUI enforcement efforts for August with compliance checks. These checks are tests that are ...

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    • Lying to the Police in Florida

      When someone encounters the cops for whatever reason, it’s not uncommon for them to experience a rush of adrenaline. Their heart races, their ...

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    • Resisting Arrest Charges in Tampa

      You’ve probably seen an actor be accused of “resisting arrest” when watching a crime show or action movie. In such depictions, usually a man or woman ...

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    • Substance Abuse, Crime & Drug Court in Florida

      Substance abuse, such as alcoholism or drug abuse is often triggered by a negative experience or a series of negative experiences, such as child ...

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    • Firearms Prohibition in Domestic Violence Cases

      Are you facing domestic violence charges in Tampa, or anywhere else in Hillsborough County or Florida? If so, and you happen to own firearms, you may ...

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    • Drug Offenses & License Suspensions in Florida

      Every day, thousands of Floridians use an illegal drug or take a prescription medication that was not legally prescribed to them. The problem is that ...

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    • Substance Abuse, Crime & Drug Court in Florida

      Substance abuse, such as alcoholism or drug abuse is often triggered by a negative experience or a series of negative experiences, such as child ...

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    • Felony Drug Offenses in Florida

      If you’re native to Florida, you may already be aware of the fact that the state has had a long-standing battle with drugs. Due to the Sunshine ...

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    • 2C-I 'Smiles' Charges in Tampa

      One of the latest synthetic drugs on the market is called 2-CI or “Smiles,” and it has captured the attention of law enforcement agencies across the ...

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  • DUI
    • Refusing a Blood, Breath, or Urine Test in Florida

      Few people understand DUI stops , especially as they pertain to rules, procedures, and laws. For instance, during a standard DUI stop, the police ...

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    • Drug Offenses & License Suspensions in Florida

      Every day, thousands of Floridians use an illegal drug or take a prescription medication that was not legally prescribed to them. The problem is that ...

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    • Florida DUI: Refusing a Blood, Breath or Urine Test

      Generally, Florida drivers are well-aware of that fact that it’s illegal to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. They tend to know that a ...

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    • 4th of July DUI in Tampa

      Americans have been celebrating the Fourth of July, otherwise known as “Independence Day” for hundreds of years; it’s known as one of the biggest ...

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    • Most Wanted Fugitives in Florida

      You’re probably familiar with the FBI’s “ Ten Most Wanted Fugitives ” list, which according to the FBI has been around since March 14, 1950. It all ...

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    • White Collar Crimes in Florida

      Have you ever heard the term white collar crime ? It was coined back in 1939 and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it means ...

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    • Restoring Civil Rights in Florida

      If you’re convicted of a felony in Florida, you will be stripped of your “civil rights,” which guarantee that you have equal social opportunities, and ...

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    • What Is Florida’s Death Penalty Law?

      What is the difference between capital felonies and life felonies? The punishment for life felonies is life in prison without the chance of parole, ...

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    • Florida DUI: Refusing a Blood, Breath or Urine Test

      Generally, Florida drivers are well-aware of that fact that it’s illegal to drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. They tend to know that a ...

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    • Implied Consent & DUI Test Refusal in Florida

      Say a driver gets pulled over by a police officer, and the officer suspects they're drunk and so asks for a blood, breath, or urine test. Does the ...

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    • State vs. Federal Offenses

      If you have been arrested for a crime, especially one involving a financially-motivated crime, identity theft, or a fraud-related offense, you may be ...

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    • Former Tampa PD Employee Indicted on Fraud Charges

      A former civilian employee of the Tampa Police Department has been indicted on fraud charges; she is accused of conspiring to commit fraud and using ...

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    • Gasparilla in Full Force This Weekend in Tampa, FL

      Annual festivities for the Gasparilla Pirate Fest have officially begun in Tampa, Florida. This annual festival, which started in 1904, centers around ...

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    • Gasparilla: Festivities, Pirates & BUIs

      Before Tampa earned a reputation as an ideal vacation destination, it was frequented by pirates stopping between their crusades for a bounty on the ...

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    • Indoor Marijuana Operation Busted in Lutz

      On May 14, 2015, operating on a tip about a possible marijuana grow operation, detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) headed ...

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    • Innocent Woman Spent 28 Days in Jail Because of Name Mix-Up

      Monday, June 9, a single mother who was wrongfully arrested two different times by Florida officers announced that she will be suing that sheriff's ...

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    • DUI Enforcement August 6 Through 12

      The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is beginning its DUI enforcement efforts for August with compliance checks. These checks are tests that are ...

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    • DUI Patrols & Compliance Checks July 7-12

      From Monday to Saturday, there will be several DUI enforcement events conducted by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. A few DUI patrols will ...

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    • Tow Truck Driver Killed in Tampa Hit-and-Run

      Early Monday morning (Feb. 15), a tow truck driver was struck and killed on the Howard Frankland Bridge. The driver who hit the victim did not call ...

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    • Teen Posts YouTube Video of Alleged Hit & Run, Gets Arrested

      Friday, May 3, an 18-year-old was arrested as a result of his video titled "Me driving like an idiot", a video that has already been pulled down from ...

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    • Wounded Veterans Tracking Down Child Pornographers

      TAMPA, Fla. – J. Gaernter enlisted in the Marine Corps with the intention of a long military career, but during his third deployment in Afghanistan, ...

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    • Craigslist Roommate Charged With Attempted Murder

      A young Florida woman was allegedly attacked by a roommate she found on Craigslist. Her relatives are now saying that if she wakes up from her coma, ...

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    • The Penalties in Florida for Selling Alcohol to a Minor

      Under Florida law, providing alcohol to minors is a crime. However, the crime doesn't just apply to private citizens buying or giving alcohol to ...

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    • When Are Juveniles Charged as Adults in Florida?

      In the criminal court system, a “ juvenile ” is a minor under the age of eighteen. Generally, juvenile offenders are tried in the juvenile court ...

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    • Refusing a Blood, Breath, or Urine Test in Florida

      Few people understand DUI stops , especially as they pertain to rules, procedures, and laws. For instance, during a standard DUI stop, the police ...

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    • The Penalties in Florida for Selling Alcohol to a Minor

      Under Florida law, providing alcohol to minors is a crime. However, the crime doesn't just apply to private citizens buying or giving alcohol to ...

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    • Criminal Restitution in Florida

      When people face criminal charges in Florida, they have a general sense of the penalties they face. They are usually aware of the fact that they could ...

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    • Most Wanted Fugitives in Florida

      You’re probably familiar with the FBI’s “ Ten Most Wanted Fugitives ” list, which according to the FBI has been around since March 14, 1950. It all ...

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    • The Penalties in Florida for Selling Alcohol to a Minor

      Under Florida law, providing alcohol to minors is a crime. However, the crime doesn't just apply to private citizens buying or giving alcohol to ...

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    • What Are the Penalties for Disorderly Conduct in Florida?

      Have you ever heard of the crime “ disorderly conduct ”? If not, it’s one of those seemingly petty offenses that lead to an arrest. Usually, this ...

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    • Drunk Driver Traveling the Wrong Way gets Arrested in Tampa

      At approximately 2:08 am on July 9, a call was made to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reporting a vehicle that was traveling down Interstate ...

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    • Florida DUI Penalties: "24/7 Sobriety" Programs Might Be Ordered Instead of Ignition Interlock Devices

      According to the Miami News Times, a bill has surfaced in the Florida legislature that could mean daily DUI tests and more for certain DUI offenders. ...

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    • When Are Juveniles Charged as Adults in Florida?

      In the criminal court system, a “ juvenile ” is a minor under the age of eighteen. Generally, juvenile offenders are tried in the juvenile court ...

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    • What Is Florida’s Death Penalty Law?

      What is the difference between capital felonies and life felonies? The punishment for life felonies is life in prison without the chance of parole, ...

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    • What Is Community Control?

      Under certain circumstances, people convicted of a misdemeanor or felony can convince the judge to let them serve their sentence in their own homes or ...

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    • Violation of DUI Probation

      When people are convicted of driving under the influence (first offense) in Tampa or anywhere else in Florida, they cannot receive more than one year ...

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    • When Are Juveniles Charged as Adults in Florida?

      In the criminal court system, a “ juvenile ” is a minor under the age of eighteen. Generally, juvenile offenders are tried in the juvenile court ...

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    • How Do I Find Out If There Is a Warrant for My Arrest?

      Arrest warrants are scary business. If you think you’re under investigation, or if you KNOW you are, or if you missed a court hearing, you could be ...

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    • Teen Posts YouTube Video of Alleged Hit & Run, Gets Arrested

      Friday, May 3, an 18-year-old was arrested as a result of his video titled "Me driving like an idiot", a video that has already been pulled down from ...

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    • Tampa Hit-and-Run Suspect Turns Herself in to the Police

      Monday, January 27, a woman turned herself in at Orient Road Jail after she was accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident back in October, says ...

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    • Tampa Luggage Thieves Confess to Airport Detectives

      Busy, crowded airports can be a prime target for theft. While security measures at airports are in place to minimize luggage theft, sometimes theft is ...

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    • Suspect Arrested after a Violent Robbery

      Recently, 19 year old J.D.S. was arrested after having robbed and injured 62 year old B.O. at the Regency Shopping Center in Brandon. The Hillsborough ...

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    • 4th of July DUI in Tampa

      Americans have been celebrating the Fourth of July, otherwise known as “Independence Day” for hundreds of years; it’s known as one of the biggest ...

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    • DUI Enforcement August 6 Through 12

      The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is beginning its DUI enforcement efforts for August with compliance checks. These checks are tests that are ...

      View More
    • When Are Juveniles Charged as Adults in Florida?

      In the criminal court system, a “ juvenile ” is a minor under the age of eighteen. Generally, juvenile offenders are tried in the juvenile court ...

      View More
    • How Do I Find Out If There Is a Warrant for My Arrest?

      Arrest warrants are scary business. If you think you’re under investigation, or if you KNOW you are, or if you missed a court hearing, you could be ...

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    • When Are Juveniles Charged as Adults in Florida?

      In the criminal court system, a “ juvenile ” is a minor under the age of eighteen. Generally, juvenile offenders are tried in the juvenile court ...

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    • Criminal Restitution in Florida

      When people face criminal charges in Florida, they have a general sense of the penalties they face. They are usually aware of the fact that they could ...

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    • Suspects Wanted for Shoplifting (Retail Theft) in Florida

      According to reports, a white male between 20 and 35 years of age and a white female with her hair in a ponytail were recently caught on camera ...

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    • Tampa Man Charged with Shoplifting Flash Drives

      Saturday, January 4, a Tampa man was arrested for allegedly stealing flash drives and other merchandise worth a total value of nearly $1,000. Deputies ...

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    • Florida’s DNA Laws

      “Physical evidence is any tangible evidence that can connect an offender to a crime scene. Biological evidence, which contains DNA, is a type of ...

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    • Firearms Prohibition in Domestic Violence Cases

      Are you facing domestic violence charges in Tampa, or anywhere else in Hillsborough County or Florida? If so, and you happen to own firearms, you may ...

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    • The Penalties for Embezzlement in Tampa, Florida

      This white collar crime is a type of theft crime, one where someone had legal access to property owned by someone else, but who used that access to ...

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    • Smartphone App Results in Theft Arrest

      Since the July 17 theft of a smartphone, a security application on the Galaxy phone led officers to the alleged thief. The phone was reported as being ...

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    • Implied Consent & DUI Test Refusal in Florida

      Say a driver gets pulled over by a police officer, and the officer suspects they're drunk and so asks for a blood, breath, or urine test. Does the ...

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    • Suspect Arrested in Drive-by Shooting

      In St. Petersburg, Florida, a man was exiting the court house after being tried for another crime when he was suddenly arrested again for a drive-by ...

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    • The Penalties in Florida for Selling Alcohol to a Minor

      Under Florida law, providing alcohol to minors is a crime. However, the crime doesn't just apply to private citizens buying or giving alcohol to ...

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    • Client Arrested for Underage Drinking; Charges Dropped

      In a recent case, our criminal defense lawyers represented a 20-year-old girl who was arrested for having alcohol in the parking lot of the Tampa ...

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    • The Penalties in Florida for Selling Alcohol to a Minor

      Under Florida law, providing alcohol to minors is a crime. However, the crime doesn't just apply to private citizens buying or giving alcohol to ...

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    • Florida’s Underage Alcohol Laws

      Across the nation, the states have enacted strict laws regarding the purchase, possession, and consumption of alcohol and Florida is no different. ...

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    • Criminal Restitution in Florida

      When people face criminal charges in Florida, they have a general sense of the penalties they face. They are usually aware of the fact that they could ...

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    • Firearms Prohibition in Domestic Violence Cases

      Are you facing domestic violence charges in Tampa, or anywhere else in Hillsborough County or Florida? If so, and you happen to own firearms, you may ...

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    • How Do I Find Out If There Is a Warrant for My Arrest?

      Arrest warrants are scary business. If you think you’re under investigation, or if you KNOW you are, or if you missed a court hearing, you could be ...

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    • Warrants for DUI Probation Violations in Florida

      Once in a while, someone is arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Florida, they pay their fine and believe that everything is clear until ...

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    • Firearms Prohibition in Domestic Violence Cases

      Are you facing domestic violence charges in Tampa, or anywhere else in Hillsborough County or Florida? If so, and you happen to own firearms, you may ...

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    • Who Can't Have a Firearm in Florida

      Compared to other states, Florida’s firearm laws are fairly generous. Florida residents are not required to have a permit to purchase handguns, rifles ...

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    • White Collar Crimes in Florida

      Have you ever heard the term white collar crime ? It was coined back in 1939 and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), it means ...

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    • 5 Arrested in Tampa for Medicare Fraud

      In what authorities are calling the largest national healthcare fraud takedown in U.S. history, five residents from Tampa and more than six dozen from ...

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