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Collateral Crime Evidence in Florida Criminal Cases

Collateral Crime Evidence in Florida Criminal Cases

Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, like the Federal Rules, allow for the introduction of collateral crime evidence against the defendant at trial; “when it is relevant to prove a material fact at issue, including but not limited to prove motive, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity or absence mistake or accident, but it is inadmissible when the evidence is relevant solely to prove bad character or propensity.” Fla. Stat. 90.404(2) (a). The criminal cases that practicing criminal trial lawyers find this issue of collateral crimes most often popping up is in child sex crimes and violent crimes. The general rule of collateral crimes has been modified in Florida, when the defendant is charged with a crime involving child molestation. In criminal cases of child molestation, “prosecutor may set forth evidence of… […]

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Is Animal Cruelty a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Is Animal Cruelty a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Animal cruelty is a charge that umbrellas several different definitions of crimes within the state of Florida. Animal cruelty charges can include animal neglect, felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty, and even animal fighting. All of these charges are extremely serious and can cost you prison time and expensive fines upon conviction. Animal Cruelty in Florida The three types of animal cruelty charges are animal neglect, felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty, and animal fighting. Animal Neglect – animal neglect is considered to be the unlawful deprivation of necessities like food, water, or shelter. Animals must be provided with a reasonable amount of exercise and a change of air if they are confined according to Florida law. This kind of neglect can be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum… […]

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