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If You are Asked to Be a Confidential Informant, You NEED an Attorney!

By Nathan Ross | March 29, 2019

Chances are your favorite news source has recently ran a story about the FBI using a confidential informant to help investigate a case. Many law enforcement agencies use confidential informants, including those here in Clay County, St. Johns County, and Jacksonville. Did you know confidential informants have rights?  Unfortunately, it took the tragic death of […]

Update: Holiday Season Office Hours

By Nathan Ross | December 21, 2018

Each year at this time, Luke Law gives its support staff the time they deserve to be with their families and loved ones.  This year, the staff will be off starting Thursday, December 21, 2018 and returning on Monday, January 7, 2019. During this time, the office will not be accepting any walk-ins.  Your attorney […]

Recent Changes in Felony Reclassification

By Nathan Ross | November 5, 2018

The Supreme Court of Florida has changed the law regarding the use of a weapon during the commission of a felony.  Using a weapon during the commission of a felony is an aggravating factor; the State Attorney has the ability to increase the severity of the charges against you. This is called reclassification and it […]

Medical Marijuana Use While on Probation

By Nathan Ross | October 26, 2018

I took a phone call this week from someone with what sounded like a simple question: If I am on probation, can I take still take my medically prescribed marijuana? I didn’t know the answer so I told the caller I would look into it and provide an answer. With the number of people with […]

Expecting an Expert? First Frye, then Daubert, Now Back to Frye.

By Nathan Ross | October 25, 2018

Since 2013, the standard for evaluating the admissibility of expert witness testimony in Florida has been in flux.  Prior to 2013, the long-standing standard in Florida was known as the Frye Standard, so named after Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C. 1923).  In 2013, the legislature tried to adopt what is known as […]

Canada has Freed the Weed!

By Nathan Ross | October 19, 2018

This week, recreational marijuana became legal throughout the entire county of Canada. Adults can now buy up to thirty (30) grams a day.  There are also eight states in the U.S. that have legal marijuana for recreational purposes.  Not the case here in Florida however.  While some Floridians do have access to marijuana for medical […]

Washington State Abolished Death Penalty

By Nathan Ross | October 12, 2018

The State of Washington just became the 20th state to abolish the death penalty.  Florida is not one of the other 19 states it joined.  Florida currently has 345 inmate on death row, 3 of which are women. The Florida Department of Corrects has information available for those interested.  Duval County tops the list in […]

I Just Pled to the Charge, Now What is Happening?

By Nathan Ross | August 21, 2018

A guide to understanding the sentencing process: When one choses to plead to criminal charges, there are several terms that officers of the court (judges & attorneys) use in the execution and imposition of the sentence. If you are unfamiliar with them, it can be very confusing. My hope, is that this legal guide will […]

I wasn’t read my rights, will my DUI get dismissed?

By Nathan Ross | August 21, 2018

The impact of Miranda on a DUI investigation. Miranda rights were established in 1966 in the Supreme Court of the United States case of Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). In this landmark case the Court concluded that criminal suspects have the right to remain silent and the right to any attorney when being […]

How Can I Get a DUI if I Wasn’t Driving?

By Nathan Ross | August 21, 2018

I recently saw this question posted on a local website and thought it would be a good subject for this week’s contribution. In Florida, you can indeed get a DUI even if you weren’t found driving. In this post I am just going to address one of the elements of a DUI. The first element […]