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WHY THE ORANGE COUNTY “STAY-AT-HOME” LAW IS LARGELY SYMBOLIC – EXCEPT FOR THE MOST FLAGRANT VIOLATION

By: Mark N. Longwell, Longwell Lawyers. Attorney Longwell is a former prosecutor for the State of Florida, and the founder of the top-rated Orlando, Florida law firm, Longwell Lawyers. He has over 28 years of experience successfully handling thousands of criminal matters of all types, ranging from murders to misdemeanors, which has earned him the …

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IMPORTANT LINKS REGARDING COVID-19

As a service to our clients, Longwell Lawyers has assembled the following list of links that contain updates regarding the COVID-19 crisis, specifically as to the judicial system: Florida Supreme Court: 3/13/20 FL Supreme Court update (Jury Trials) 3/17/20 FL Supreme Court update (Essential/Critical Proceedings) 3/18/20 FL Supreme Court update (Oaths) 3/18/20 FL Supreme Court …

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DOES THE “GOOD GUY WITH A GUN” THEORY MAKE IT HARDER FOR COPS TO SEARCH SUSPECTS?

The Florida House Criminal Justice Committee has advanced a bill (SB 621) that would allow school-designated individuals, who undergo 40 hours of FDLE gun training, to carry a gun with them while they are on school campuses. This proposed law is part of a greater national push to allow more and more firearms in public places. While …

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN THE POLICE STOP YOU

If stopped or confronted by the police, you are at a considerable disadvantage. First, you are facing a law enforcement professional who probably knows the laws far better than you do. They are professionally trained to use the law to their advantage and to your disadvantage in every way. Second, they have all the power – …

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WHAT DO AIR BUD, A COMMA, AND A POLICE INTERROGATION HAVE IN COMMON?

Life often imitates art. Air Bud is a movie about a dog that learns how to play basketball. Air Bud: Golden Receiver is about a dog that learns how to play football. Air Bud: World Pup is about a dog that learns how to play soccer. Apparently, a Court in Louisiana has decided that there …

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PROSECUTORIAL DISCRETION

“Prosecutorial Discretion” is the general concept that prosecutors are empowered with the ability to choose what to prosecute and/or what punishments to pursue. Basically, while some acts might technically constitute a crime, these acts don’t always warrant punishment or prosecution… especially when mitigating circumstances are taken into account. We at Longwell Lawyers regularly use this …

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WHAT CAN JACKIE CHAN AND CHRIS TUCKER TEACH US ABOUT CONSTRUCTIVE POSSESSION?

Attorneys often cite My Cousin Vinny as a fun & surprisingly accurate depiction of the American criminal justice system. Herman Munster’s… I mean… Judge Haller’s courtroom is even used to teach lawyers how to lawyer. But, the real 1990s legal movie masterpiece is 1998’s Rush Hour. Let me explain: 01 THE SCENE Rush Hour is …

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