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Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Use of Force in Defending Property is Very Different from Self-Defense in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

There are a multitude of stories in the news about individuals claiming self-defense to fight criminal charges when they were attacked by someone else. “Stand Your Ground” and the “Castle Doctrine” are defenses available when you use force to protect yourself or another person from bodily harm. Fewer stories about defense of property in… Read More »

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Florida Shoplifting Charges are More Serious Than You Think

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Shoplifting may seem like a minor crime, especially if you just slip a candy bar in your pocket or put a t-shirt under your clothes before you walk out of the store without paying. The truth is that Florida treats these cases very seriously, since shoplifting costs US business owners billions of dollars every… Read More »

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Aggravated Crimes Versus Aggravating Circumstances in Florida Criminal Cases

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Though the two words may seem similar in everyday usage, aggravated and aggravating have very different meanings under Florida criminal laws. There is a lot of confusion over aggravated crimes and aggravating circumstances, and for good reason: These concepts are extremely complex if you do not have a legal background. You can rely on… Read More »

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Guide to Understanding Illegal Search and Seizure Laws

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Both the US Bill of Rights and Florida Declaration of Rights provide you with constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure. These provisions are central to criminal law, and may arise in almost any type of encounter with police. Still, though the language may seem simple and straightforward, the relevant concepts are extremely complex…. Read More »

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