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Class Action Suit over Ex-Felon Voting Rights Part Of Larger Trend in Law

A recent class action lawsuit filed against the state of Florida by ex-felons claims the state’s law regarding the reinstitution of voting rights for those convicted of felonies is arbitrary, and therefore unconstitutional. The current process, the suit claims, offers no real path or framework for the approval of cases, which hinders these citizens from… Read More



What Does Double Jeopardy Mean In Okaloosa County Criminal Cases?

Most people’s knowledge of the term “double jeopardy” stems from the popular movie starring Ashley Judd, Double Jeopardy. While this movie does portray and explain the general concept of double jeopardy, it tends to deviate from Florida law on the issue. Based on this movie alone, many believe that the court can never charge you… Read More



I was Arrested on Spring Break in Destin, Okaloosa or Walton County

The sugar white sands of Okaloosa and Walton County are premier Spring Break hotspots.  Spring Breakers from all over the southeast flock to the Emerald Coast for its beautiful beaches and nightlife.  While you enjoy Spring Break 2017 and what Destin has to offer, don’t forget that leaving with a record is not what you… Read More



Vehicle Searches In Fort Walton Beach Drug Cases

Let me just say right at the beginning that if you consent to the police searching your car, you are making their job much easier. The police will repay the favor by arresting you. When someone calls me after just being arrested for drug possession in Okaloosa County, the conversation usually goes something like this:… Read More



Arrested for Minor in Possession in Destin?

If you were arrested for MIP while on spring break in Destin, it is understandable that your first call will likely be to your parents. Once you’ve done that, if you want to make sure this arrest doesn’t end up on your permanent criminal record, call Flaherty Defense Firm.  Chances are if you are in… Read More



K-9 Vehicle Searches In Okaloosa County

Are The Police Allowed To Use A Dog To Search My Car For Drugs? Canine searches are commonly used by the police in Okaloosa County. Florida has taken a strict approach to drug regulation. It is because of the war on drugs that law enforcement is beefing up their tactics to catch suspected drug handlers,… Read More



Crestview Sexual Battery Resolved With No Conviction

Because we defend a lot of sex crime allegations, we understand that for anyone facing such a charge, they are in a crisis. It is vital to have someone at your side who has been there before. Someone who knows what moves to make, and how to develop and execute a strategy that gets results…. Read More



Could I Go To Prison In Destin For Possessing A Few Pills?

Prescription painkillers such as Lortab and Oxycodone are miracle drugs. They provide pain management and comfort for patients recovering from surgery, suffering from cancer, or dealing with serious injuries. Unfortunately, these medications are also highly addictive. We are seeing an epidemic of cases involving people who started taking the medications for a legitimate reason, but… Read More



Soldier Charged With Aggravated Assault With Firearm in Crestview Avoids Prison

Sometimes, we are not able to get our client’s charges completely dismissed. The next best thing is to carefully negotiate a plea bargain that still accomplishes our client’s main goals. WS was a perfect example of this. He was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm after being accused of pulling a gun during an… Read More



What Will Happen To My Case If I Was Arrested In Okaloosa County But The Victim Isn’t Going To Show Up?

This issue comes up most often in Okaloosa County with domestic violence cases. Usually, what happens is the alleged victim will report the crime, make a statement to the police implicating the suspect, and then later decide that they don’t want to prosecute. You have several rights granted to you when you are facing a… Read More



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