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Florida Trespass Law

Trespass is commonly understood as entering upon the property of someone else without their invitation or authorization to do so. In Florida, statute section 810.09 allows property owners or authorized representatives to remove anyone they wish from the premises for any reason. This law is often times enforced within public establishments and has raised a concern of legalized discrimination.

Under the trespass statute, a person commits a first degree misdemeanor if they defy an order to leave, personally communicated to them by the owner of the premises or by an authorized person, or if the person willfully opens any door, fence, or gate or does any act that exposes animals, crops, or other property to waste, destruction, or freedom; unlawfully dumps litter on property; or trespasses on property other than a structure or conveyance. For misdemeanor trespass, possible penalties include:

  • Up to 60 days in jail;
  • Up to 6 months of probation, and;
  • Up to $500 in fines.

Under certain circumstances in Florida the charge can even be enhanced to a third degree felony with elevated penalties.

There are several viable defenses to a charge of trespass and it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney in the event you are arrested for trespassing. If you or a loved have been arrested for trespassing, call Blick Law Firm today and schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer.

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Juvenile Crimes in Florida

In Florida, persons under the age of 18 are considered minors and tried as juveniles for crimes they commit rather than as adults. The distinction in Florida, as in all states, is made to separate offenses perpetrated by those under a certain age determined as the age of majority. In certain cases, the court will still sentence a juvenile as an adult depending on the severity of the crime committed.

In contrast to the objective to punish adults for their crimes, the state seeks to rehabilitate juveniles and prevent future misconduct. With the focus of juvenile justice set on rehabilitation, the courts seek to assist minors in functioning properly in a normal adult society. However, many juveniles face strict sentences for their crimes, and often times detainment of the juvenile can last for extended periods.

Many people expect juveniles to receive a slap on the wrist for their offenses, but courts often times attempt to deliver a strong message to youths in order to enforce a positive awareness of the consequences of their decisions.

If your minor child has been arrested for a crime and you have questions or concerns about their rights, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer.


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Tampa Bay DUI Check Points

Tampa Bay deputies and police officers are dedicated to values of integrity, professionalism and community involvement. As a result of their commitment the county’s overall crime rate dropped in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Blick Law Firm assists efforts by posting DUI checkpoints to help enforce safety amongst the community.

What are DUI checkpoints? DUI checkpoints consist of police roadblocks at busy thoroughfares at which motorists are randomly selected for screening.  These stops help keep all parties safe so they can continue on with their life, without any tragic or fatal interruptions.

Sobriety checkpoints reduce alcohol-related crashes by about 20 percent, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control report combining the results of 23 scientific studies.

Although they tend to be controversial, DUI checkpoints have survived most legal challenges; even in some states where statutes require an officer to have reasonable suspicion of intoxication before initiating a traffic stop. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1990 that sobriety checkpoints are legal under federal law (Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz), leaving it up to the individual states to decide.

Should you find yourself unable to drive because of intoxication, please call a friend, cab driver or ask the bartender to call someone for you. Do not drink and drive.

If you have been arrested for a DUI or other related incident, call Blick Law Firm today to assist you and seek legal representation you deserve! Think quick, call Blick! 813-931-0840

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