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Monthly Archives: January 2021


Can a Florida Court Impose a Lifetime Pet Ownership Ban Following an Animal Cruelty Conviction?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

In 2018, outraged Florida residents successfully convinced the state legislature to stiffen penalties for individuals convicted of abusing animals. Known as “Ponce’s Law,” the legislation was named for a Labrador retriever puppy found beaten to death in Ponce Inlet. The animal’s owner was later charged with felony animal cruelty. Florida Appeals Court Addresses Namesake… Read More »

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The Role of a Jury in Deciding a Mandatory Minimum Sentence

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

Many crimes carry increased penalties if certain “elements” are proven. For example, in a famous 2013 case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, a New Jersey defendant was found guilty of carrying a firearm while committing a violent crime. Under New Jersey law, the mandatory minimum sentence for this offense… Read More »

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