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Jacksonville Criminal AttorneyThe man wanted in the U.S. for his efforts in releasing a huge magnitude of classified information has just been granted political asylum in Ecuador. This decision occurred after Assange has been held up in the London based embassy since June 19th. His supporters cheered the decision, but it does not change the fact that he is still wanted for questioning on sexual assault allegations and the U.S.’s distain for his release of Confidential information.

The Foreign Minister of Ecuador, in supporting this decision, stated “Assange faced a real threat of political prosecution…including the prospect of extradition to the U.S.” Furthermore, regarding the innocence of Assange, “Ecuador is convinced that his procedural rights have been violated.” Even with this new found Asylum, Britain has pledged to arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy and enters into UK soil.

Julian Assange has a long road ahead of him before he can move forward in his life. With the pending criminal sexual assault charges in Sweden and the potential of U.S. charges of releasing Classified information, the granting of Asylum will have little impact on the ultimate impact of this case.

Jacksonville Criminal AttorneyGeorge Zimmerman, the man charged with second-degree murder in the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin, is going to ask for a “stand your ground” court hearing in an attempt to have the case against him dismissed before ever going to trial. Though the move was expected, the announcement is the first time Zimmerman’s attorney has acknowledged his intention to argue the case on the grounds of the controversial Florida Stand Your Ground law.

Mark O’Mara, Zimmerman’s criminal defense attorney, released a statement confirming the decision earlier today. The hearing likely will not take place for several months but is meant to show that Zimmerman acted in his own self-defense.

Under Florida’s stand your ground law, people involved in violent altercations have no duty to retreat. If a person is in fear of death or great bodily harm, the law says he or she can act in self-defense and is immune from criminal prosecution.

Jacksonville Criminal AttorneyA Florida man who shot and wounded two people as they tried to rob an Internet café is unlikely to face criminal charges because his actions appear to fall within the bounds of the state’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law.

The law, which was passed in 2005, says people are justified in using deadly force to defend themselves if they reasonably believe that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death, great bodily harm or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. A citizen has no duty to retreat and, if it is determined that their use of force was justified, they are immune from criminal prosecution and civil action. The Stand Your Ground law does not apply if the victim initially provokes the use of force of if they are involved in a felony crime.

Prosecutors said they had reviewed surveillance video from the Café in Ocala, Florida and believe that 71-year-old Samuel Williams was acting lawfully when he shot two men during the attempted robbery. Williams had a concealed weapons permit and thus was allowed to possess the weapon at the time of the shooting.

Jacksonville Criminal Defense LawyerWhether you are a Florida resident or simply visiting the area for summer vacation, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with two of the most commonly charged criminal offenses in the state.

The following article will help you better understand what these crimes entail, the penalties associated with them, and the ramifications of been charged with them.

Drug Offenses

Jacksonville Criminal AttorneyThe Supreme Court recently held that it is cruel and unusual punishment to send a young murderer to life in prison if a judge has not first weighed whether he deserves a shorter prison sentence due to his youth and the specific nature of his crimes. The 5-4 decision struck down laws on the books in some 28 states – including Florida – that say life sentences without parole for juvenile murderers are acceptable.

Officials in Florida law enforcement say it will take some time for the state to assess the impact of the ruling. Most experts in the state say that the number of state prisoners affected by the Supreme Court ruling is around 250, but the data are not all in yet.

It’s clear that Florida’s laws will have to be rewritten thanks to the recent ruling. Florida’s judiciary is bound by the state’s 10-20-Life law, passed in 1999, which says possessing a gun while committing some felonies brings an automatic 10-year minimum sentence, that when a gun is fired in the commission of a crime, the minimum sentence is 20 years, and if someone is shot the sentence goes up to life. It’s important to note that the decision does not mean it’s unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to life in prison, only that statutes that make such sentences mandatory are no longer acceptable. In Florida, if a juvenile who is certified as an adult is convicted of first-degree murder, the only option is life without parole.

Jacksonville Criminal Defense AttorneyGeorge Zimmerman who is currently being charged with second degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin back in February of this year. This case has brought special attention from supporters and protesters across the Nation. Governmental officials have lost their jobs and a special prosecutor has been brought in to handle this case.

Currently George Zimmerman has been released on his second bond of 1 million dollars. This decision was made after the Judge had previously revoked Zimmerman’s $150,000 bond after it was revealed Zimmerman and his wife had lied to the court regarding the financial situation. They did not disclose that they had acquired over $100,000 in donations for Zimmerman’s defense.

Zimmerman is currently located in a safe house located in Seminole County, Florida. His security team is protecting him while he is out on bail.

Jacksonville Criminal AttorneyAs any experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney for any reason, please contact the Law Office of David M. Goldman PLLC by using the contact form on this page or calling us at (904) 685-1200.

Source: “Supreme Court expands plea bargain rights of criminal defendants,” by The Associated Press, published at WashingtonPost.com.

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The judge in Sanford, Florida has announced this morning that Zimmerman’s new bond will be in the amount of $1 Million.

This second bond amount has stemmed from his earlier bond ($150,000) was revoked following information that Zimmerman and his wife mislead the Court as to their financial stability.

Last week the judge hearing arguments from both sides of the case. The prosecution pushing for no bond because Zimmerman had lied to the Court and therefore, could not be trusted. On the other side, the Defense, argued Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is strong whereas the prosecution’s case is weak.

Jacksonville Criminal AttorneyThis incident of a Meth Lab at a Motel 6 will be the third incident where JSO were dispatched to a Jacksonville Motel 6 and the resulting investigation turned up a Meth Lab.

JSO were dispatched to a Motel 6 on the Northside of Jacksonville around 1 AM this morning. Upon arrival the security officer notified JSO that the occupants of the motel room had fled the scene. The Security officer also notified JSO that he has inspected the room and located a smoking bottle with an unknown substance inside. JSO responding by sending in the fire-rescue team, bomb squad, and a chemical specialist to investigate the motel room and the items contained within.

To date the suspects are still at large and JSO is continuing to investigate. As a Jacksonville Criminal Attorney, these stories are not unusual or bizarre. These tough economic times have driven some individuals to take drastic measures that they normally would not consider. These individuals are not hardened criminals, but victims of these tough economic times.

Today was another bond hearing where Zimmerman’s attorney, O’Mara, presented evidence as to Zimmerman’s injuries he sustained during the altercation with Trayvon Martin that resulted in Zimmerman shooting Trayvon in what Zimmerman is calling self-defense. This case started the controversy that Florida is currently facing for our “Stand Your Ground” law.

After lengthy testimony presented by both the Defense and the State, the Judge has determined that he will not make an immediate determination as to release Zimmerman on bond or not. He wants time to review all the evidence and make a proper determination.

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