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Battery charge stems from incident on Florida State campus

In many debates, individuals can become heated over their points of view. In some cases, especially when it comes to politics, people can hold strong opinions and feel the need to take action to make their voices heard. However, if situations escalate beyond verbal debate and become physical, charges for battery could result.

It was recently reported that a Florida State University student was taken into custody for battery after apparently engaging in a political debate. The young woman, who was reported as being 19 years old, reportedly began yelling at volunteers working at a Republican party table that was set up on the university's campus. The woman is also accused of pouring chocolate milk on at least one volunteer.

Should you choose a lawyer or hire a public defender?

Going to court is stressful. If you are facing criminal charges, you want to make sure your case is in the best hands possible. Many people opt to have a public defender in these situations, however, this might not be the best option for you.

While hiring a public defender may seem simpler and more intuitive, in most cases, they will not be able to get you the best result. If you are accused of a crime and need to go to court, you might want to consider hiring a private attorney, who can better work for you and figure out your case.

Alleged murder plot could have lasting impact on 2 Florida girls

Young children can often make decisions that leave them facing serious consequences. In some instances, kids may carry out actions or plan to carry out actions that result in their having criminal charges brought against them. Depending on the type of crime allegedly involved, their decisions could have a lasting impact.

It was recently reported that two young girls were taken into custody in Florida after allegedly planning to kill students at their school. Apparently, the girls had wanted to kill at least one student but had the desire to kill between 15 to 25 students. They also allegedly planned to kill themselves after leaving body parts at the entrance of, presumably, the school. The reasons for this plan were reported as having satanic connections.

Vehicular manslaughter charge comes year after suspected DUI case

Many people would like to forget about difficult events in their lives as soon as possible. However, when it comes to incidents that may result in criminal charges, parties likely cannot forget any time soon. In some cases, charges -- such as those for vehicular manslaughter -- could come about months or even years after a fatal crash took place.

This type of situation recently affected a woman in Florida. Reports indicated that in September of last year she was involved in a fatal accident. Apparently, she was operating a vehicle and traveled the wrong direction, which resulted in her vehicle colliding head on with another car. The crash resulted in the driver of the second car suffering fatal injuries, and that person was declared dead at the accident site.

Federal narcotics charges brought against 3 Florida officers

Any person could end up in a situation where criminal charges are brought against them. In some cases, the allegations can be severe, such as federal narcotics charges. It can be immensely important for individuals in such predicaments to take the time to determine how they will feel comfortable addressing the allegations.

Three police officers in Florida are undoubtedly hoping to find their best courses of action after recently being charged. Reports stated that after a citizen's complaint, an investigation began into the actions of the three officers. Allegedly, the officers were given cash to protect suspected drug traffickers and money launderers. One of the officers was also accused of using and dealing drugs as well as selling a police uniform and badge. The buyer of the uniform was apparently an undercover agent.

Florida man facing multiple charges for drug-related offenses

Facing an arrest can feel like a whirlwind, and many actions may need to be taken in a short period of time. While it may seem overwhelming to try to handle this type of situation, individuals arrested for drug-related offenses do not have to feel as if they have no options for dealing with this problem. Often, many criminal defense options exist that accused parties could take advantage of.

One man in Florida will certainly want to review his options after recently being taken into custody. Reports stated that police had allegedly purchased narcotics that led to them obtaining a search warrant for the man's apartment. It was unclear whether they purchased the drugs from the man or if other circumstances applied. Nonetheless, police searched the man's apartment, and they reportedly found fentanyl and heroin hidden inside the shirt of a 5-year-old child.

Argument over cleaning leads to battery charge for Florida woman

When a contentious situation escalates, it is not unusual for the police to be called. Unfortunately, that often means that someone ends up facing serious criminal charges, sometimes for battery. If this does happen, the accused person may want to brush up on his or her options for dealing with such serious allegations.

One woman in Florida may be in need of legal information after recently being taken into custody. Reports stated that the woman and her husband got into an argument because the woman began vacuuming the house in the middle of the night. The man claims that he moved to different rooms in hopes of getting some sleep but that his wife came into each room with the vacuum. At some point, they began arguing, which resulted in the woman allegedly hitting the man with a part of the vacuum.

Prominence of “study drug” use on college campuses is rising

The fall semester is in full swing as many students in the Jacksonville area begin to prepare for midterms and other major academic obligations. Students may feel even more stress as the semester continues into the winter months, bringing final papers, projects and exams into the picture.

As the pressure of balancing academics, extracurricular activities and social obligations accumulates, students often feel the need to seek additional help. While many turn to study groups, tutors and their professors’ office hours, others choose to use un-prescribed medicinal solutions.

Florida woman faces DUI charge

A woman accused of driving drunk with her infant child in the car is in police custody at this time, according to local sources. The Florida woman has been charged with DUI and several other charges related to an accident police believe she may have caused. Social services has been alerted to the situation and may be pursuing a court order to obtain custody of the woman's child.

According to the arrest record, the 21-year-old woman was driving with her boyfriend and their 3-month-old child in the car when she allegedly crashed into a vehicle in front of her. The force of the impact caused the other car to spin out, with debris striking and damaging a third vehicle. When police arrived at the crash site, they say the woman appeared visibly intoxicated with a strong smell of alcohol emanating from the car. They also say she admitted to being drunk.

Long-term consequences possible after mass shooting "joke"

It is not unusual for kids to make inappropriate jokes. They may think they are simply being funny when they are actually putting others at risk or presenting a cause for alarm. In some cases, a joke can go too far, and a juvenile could end up facing charges and possible long-term consequences for his or her actions.

This type of situation is currently affecting one teenager in Florida. Reports indicated that a 13-year-old boy was participating in a group chat on social media when he allegedly stated that he was going to "shoot up" a middle school. One of the other individuals in the group chat presumably became concerned over the comment and informed adults about it. As a result, authorities went to the teen's home.

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