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  • 02 Jun, 2020

    Jacksonville Criminal Defense Blog,
    Jacksonville Traffic Defense Blog, Russell B. McCormick, P.A. Criminal Law Blog

    Forgot to Pay Your Ticket, Now What?

    TICKETS! WE ALL GET THEM. WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU GET RESULTS. Two things are certain: 1) Getting pulled over sucks, and 2) Time flies. Oftentimes so much unhappiness follows your traffic stop that you balled that ticket up and threw it in the back seat or maybe out the window. And now that 30 day period to pay the ticket or hire an attorney to take care of it passed. Now the clerk of court in the county where you got the ticket assessed you a “late fee” of $23 dollars or $30 dollars or however many dollars they...
  • 11 May, 2020

    Jacksonville Criminal Defense Blog,
    Russell B. McCormick, P.A. Criminal Law Blog

    Columbia cocaine production up 32%

    According to the DEA, 910 tons of cocaine were produced in Columbia in 2016. An increase of 32% over 2015. Exactly how much cocaine makes it to the U.S. from Columbia is unknown. But since the 90’s, smugglers and law enforcement have been engaged in high stakes one-upmanship. For the last 20 years, Russian engineers and local labor forces have been designing and constructing stealthy and effective submarines beneath the cover of Columbian rainforests. Trading speed for stealth, sleek, traditional drug running speedboats have been replaced by slower, lower profile, semi-submersible vessels, and submarines. These custom-made, battery-powered submarines typically have...
  • 11 Apr, 2020

    Jacksonville Criminal Defense Blog,
    Russell B. McCormick, P.A. Criminal Law Blog

    Presumed Innocent but stuck in jail

    As the bail reform conversation continues, it is clear that State legislators, in addition to many judges and prosecutors, strongly oppose non-monetary bail. On March 11, 2018, three Senate bills aimed at moving Florida’s bail system toward those in New Mexico and New Jersey which use risk-assessment algorithms to decide who gets bail and which defendants would be released on non-monetary conditions, were rejected. Other than those charged with capital offenses or crimes punishable by life with substantial evidence against, Florida law presumes NON-monetary bail (no money needed to get out of jail) conditions of release for all defendants granted...
  • 04 Mar, 2020

    Jacksonville Criminal Defense Blog,
    Russell B. McCormick, P.A. Criminal Law Blog

    WHENEVER SPEAKING WITH THE POLICE, ALWAYS KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.

    You are under arrest. Hearing a police officer utter those words may feel like a death sentence. As the person under arrest, you are turned around, put into tight handcuffs, and placed in the back seat of a police cruiser. At that moment in time, you are in the most vulnerable situation in your life, and you might not even know it. You are thinking about how you are going to lose your job, your family, your house, your children, and your personal property. It will seem as if the roof of the cop car is caving in on your...
  • 04 Feb, 2020

    Jacksonville Criminal Defense Blog,
    Russell B. McCormick, P.A. Criminal Law Blog

    WHY YOU NEED A GOOD CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: THE FLORIDA 10-20-LIFE LAW

    What is the Florida 10-20-Life Law? Florida statute 775.087 more commonly known as the Florida 10-20- Life law states that a person convicted of a felony will incur more penalties if a gun was used during the crime. “Using” a gun does not necessarily mean firing the weapon, using it as a way to threaten a person or persons, (even indirectly as in mealy displaying it) will be enough for an individual to be subject to increased penalties under Florida law. The Florida 10-20- Life law was passed in the year 1999 likely resulting, in part, from the statistics that...

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