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New Florida Law, Bad News for Some Would-Be Parolees

More than 100 new Florida laws, covering a dizzying range of subjects from drivers’ licenses to campaign finance to proper state flag etiquette, went into effect in July. And if you’re incarcerated in a Florida jail or prison, one of those new laws may affect your chances for parole, say criminal defense attorneys in Gainesville.

Legislators passed the law that extends the time between parole interviews for certain inmates from two years to seven years. This means that every time the Florida Parole Commission denies parole release to an eligible inmate, that inmate will have to wait another seven years, rather than just two years, for another chance at parole.

The law applies to inmates who have been:

  • Convicted of murder or attempted murder;
  • Convicted of sexual battery or attempted sexual battery;
  • Convicted of kidnapping or attempted kidnapping;
  • Or convicted of robbery, burglary of a dwelling, burglary of a structure or conveyance, or breaking and entering, or the attempt of any of these crimes during which a human being is present and a sexual act is attempted or completed.

If you are or a loved one is up for parole in Florida, your best bet is to have representation by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Gainesville’s Law Offices of Edwards & Jones may be able to help. Call, 352.377.7800 to schedule a consultation.

See the new Florida parole law in its entirety here.

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