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Florida Appeals Court Sides with Defendant in Finding That He Does Not Need to Turn Over Phone’s Passcode in Response to Warrant

By The Baez Law Firm |

In a groundbreaking court case decision out of the Florida appeals court, the court recently sided with a criminal defendant in deciding that he did not have to turn over his cell phone passcode to police. The decision came out of the 1st District Court of Appeal in Alachua County in a robbery case… Read More »


Voting Rights Updates in Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

On June 27, the US Supreme Court blocked the citizenship question from being included in the 2020 census, easing Florida’s concerns about immigrants potentially being undercounted, which would have huge civil rights repercussions, as the census is linked to important federal resources and congressional representation. The majority opinion was based on the US Department… Read More »

Florida Decriminalizes Needle Exchanges

By The Baez Law Firm |

On June 26, Florida lawmakers and governor Ron DeSantis legalized (decriminalized) the establishment of syringe exchanges throughout the state, which will allow a number of counties to reduce disease and help those otherwise targeted for drug crime charges to get the care that they need. Specifically, syringe exchanges have been listed as helping to… Read More »


How You Can Exercise Your Voting Rights with A Felony Record in Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

While Florida voters passed amendment 4 last year, finally restoring voting rights to ex-felons in Florida, a bill passed by lawmakers and which is expected to be signed into law by Governor DeSantis, has added a whole new layer of complications and hurdles to those individuals be obtaining the civil right to vote. Specifically,… Read More »


Florida Criminalizes Owning & Distributing “Childlike Sex Dolls”

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In late May, Florida made it illegal (i.e. a second- or third-degree felony) to own (sell, distribute, etc.) a “childlike sex doll.” Specifically, the law prohibits someone from “knowingly having in his or her possession custody or control an obscene childlike sex doll” under the justification that owning these dolls encourages child predators. The… Read More »


Court of Appeals Makes Major Decision Regarding Products Liability & The Role of Companies Like Amazon

By The Baez Law Firm |

The recent products liability decision involving Amazon and its place in the “chain of distribution” arguably sends a message to designers, distributors, manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, wholesalers, and more. Specifically, the question before the court was whether the company that simply sells the product and has no other involvement in the creation or advertising of… Read More »


Federal Appeals Court Rules That Government Must “Promptly” Reassess Drug Crime Status of Marijuana

By The Baez Law Firm |

In late May, a federal appeals court reinstated a drug crimes case against the federal government concerning the Schedule I status of marijuana. Plaintiffs in the case argue that marijuana’s current Schedule I status under the Controlled Substances Act is placing patients’ health at risk and creating economic inequities. They also argue that the… Read More »


The Decision to Criminally Prosecute Florida Law Enforcement Officers Who Fail to Take Action During School Shootings

By The Baez Law Firm |

Florida’s decision to criminally prosecute law-enforcement officer Scott Peterson who failed to take action during a deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school has been controversial from the start. He is one of (or the) only law enforcement officers to be criminally prosecuted for felony child neglect for this oversight. On June 6,… Read More »


Florida Judges Will Soon Weight Whether State Of Florida’s Restrictions On Localities With Respect To Gun Laws Violates Their Rights

By The Baez Law Firm |

Florida circuit judges will soon hear arguments concerning the constitutionality of state law that imposes significant penalties on local officials when it comes to gun regulations. The case is based on Florida’s laws that bar localities from passing regulations that are stricter than what the legislature passes in terms of state fire laws. The… Read More »


Florida April 2019 Legislative Update: Wireless Devices In Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

Below, we discuss two important legislative updates in Florida: One that involves interfering with Amendment 4 by forcing ex-felons to pay fees before having their voting rights restored, and the other which criminalizes certain activities involving wireless devices in certain areas of Florida. House Passes Legislation Effectively Disenfranchising Ex-Felons in Spite of Amendment 4… Read More »


U.S. Supreme Court Petitioned to Force Prosecutors to Turn Over Evidence of Innocence

By The Baez Law Firm |

The U.S. Supreme Court has been petitioned to overturn a federal appellate court decision regarding the constitutionality of prosecutors failing to inform criminal defendants of evidence of innocence before they engage in collecting a guilty plea. Conversely, on May 1, attorneys for the city of Brownsville, urged the Supreme Court to leave the current… Read More »


Decriminalizing Marijuana at The Federal Level

By The Baez Law Firm |

Even though almost a dozen states have already legalized marijuana, according to the latest FBI crime statistics, arrests are increasing in connection with marijuana offenses. Still, just as Florida is taking steps to decriminalize marijuana (although only for medical use), Congress is also taking steps to try and ensure that its use is no… Read More »


Florida’s Sex Crime Case Against Kraft & Others Falls Apart Due to Police Failing to Properly Conduct Surveillance So as to Protect Privacy Rights

By The Baez Law Firm |

The trial involving Florida bringing a number of sex crime charges against Robert Kraft and others in connection with several massage parlors hit a wall on May 13, when the judge found that hundreds of hours of video surveillance police had gathered and based the case on were inadmissible in court because that surveillance… Read More »


Time for Additional Criminal Justice Reform

By The Baez Law Firm |

There is no question that our criminal justice system is based on the concept of retributive justice, with the goal being to punish people and seek vengeance under the theory that this will help them act correctly in the future. In other words, it is based on the system harming that individual if they… Read More »


Florida’s Outdated Felony Theft Charges Can Ruin Lives for Crimes as Small as Stealing a Phone

By The Baez Law Firm |

The felony theft charge threshold has been far too low in Florida for far too long: To date, theft charges become felonies if the value of what of stolen is it least $300, and this has not changed since 1986. In other words, in Florida, stealing a phone, for example, can literally ruin your… Read More »


It’s Time for Florida to Stop Trying Juveniles as Adults for Minor Crimes

By The Baez Law Firm |

We previously discussed widespread corruption and abuse in the Florida juvenile justice system. Florida leads the nation in charging children and teens as adults, where three-quarters of these children are African-American or Hispanic. Between 2016-2018, the number of children transferred to the adult system was between 900 and more than 1,000, each year. Bill… Read More »


Florida Criminal Justice Reform Bill Gains Traction, But House Version Is Missing Key Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Reductions

By The Baez Law Firm |

In April, the Florida House finally filed a long awaited response to a criminal justice bill filed by State Senator Jeff Brandes that would adjust mandatory minimum sentencing and increase the focus of Florida prisons on the rehabilitation of inmates. Fortunately, both the right and left have praised the criminal justice bill; citing a… Read More »

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Color Due to Discriminatory, Unconstitutional Legislation Introduced

By The Baez Law Firm |

On April 8, Florida civil rights advocates issued a travel advisory for people of color and immigrants, urging them to use caution when traveling in Florida due to two proposed bills; Senate Bill 168 (“SB 168”) and House Bill 527 (“HB 527”). According to advocates, if these bills are passed into law, certain individuals… Read More »


Florida House Considers Bill Making Certain Abortion Provider Activities a Third-Degree Felony

By The Baez Law Firm |

On April 17, the Florida House considered legislation requiring minors seeking an abortion to first obtain parental consent. If it passes and is signed into law, any doctors or other healthcare providers involved in providing abortions to minors would face severe criminal consequences. While Florida already has a parental notification requirement for minors when… Read More »


Florida Advocates, Once Again, Seek to Expand What Is Punished as A Hate Crime

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A number of Florida advocates and legislators are, once again, pushing to expand the coverage of what is considered (and thus punished as) a hate crime here in Florida. Although this is not the first time that legislators in Florida have sought to expand the state hate crime law, these efforts do appear to… Read More »


Nonviolent Drug Offenders Are Still Serving Decades in Florida Prisons, but That Could Soon Change

By The Baez Law Firm |

The passage of the First Step Act brought a number of much-needed criminal justice reforms at the federal level; such that Florida lawmakers are now considering enacting similar reforms throughout the state of Florida. Florida’s prison population is currently close to a total of 1,000,000 inmates. A significant portion of these inmates are offenders… Read More »


LGBTQ Discrimination in Florida

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Can a private business in Florida discriminate against a couple simply because they are gay? That is a question that arose recently when a gay couple were refused a couples massage at a Florida spa by the manager, who emphatically claimed that the refusal was not due to discrimination, but simply because couples massages… Read More »


Advocates Petition Florida Supreme Court to Restore Constitutional Right to Challenge Facial Recognition Systems before Criminal Conviction

By The Baez Law Firm |

Many people do not realize that Florida diverges from other states in allowing people to be convicted based on facial recognition systems that identify you as the perpetrator of a crime without first allowing you to exercise your constitutional right to challenge its accuracy; all due to one Florida appeals court decision. As a… Read More »


All Pending Marijuana Legalization Bills In Florida; Summarized

By The Baez Law Firm |

As attorneys who regularly defend individuals accused of drug crimes here in Florida—including marijuana-related crimes—we regularly receive questions about where Florida is in terms of decriminalizing marijuana. There are currently a number of bills pending in the Florida Senate and House that address the legalization of marijuana; below, we summarize each one. SB 182… Read More »


Florida Plastic Surgery Clinic Becomes Epicenter of Wrongful Death Incidents

By The Baez Law Firm |

USA Today recently ran an important story on one Florida plastic surgery clinic becoming a national epicenter for wrongful death. This clinic is described as a “factory assembly line” that processes a number of patients every day. However, just at this one clinic and a nearby facility, eight patients have died just in the… Read More »

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