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Category: Criminal Defense


JUNE  16 2017
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida

 

 

There are many things that are illegal: theft, drugs, assault, murder, rape, drinking and driving, domestic violence, fraud. The list goes on and on. If you were to commit or be accused of committing one of these crimes, you could be arrested and criminally charged.

 

If you are accused of violating a Florida law, you will be charged with a state crime and prosecuted by the State of Florida. However, depending on specific details of the accusation, you may be charged with violating federal law as well, which could mean you could be charged with a federal …

FEB. 21 2017
Will Trump Reverse Florida’s 2016 Criminal Justice Reforms?
Will Trump Reverse Florida’s 2016 Criminal Justice Reforms?

Whether you see eye-to-eye with our new President’s views or not, everyone can agree that there is a shift in the direction our country is going. The Trump administration wants to eliminate Obamacare. Employment discrimination for LGBT people may soon be legal throughout the country.

 

Then there’s the criminal justice system. During the Obama administration, many reforms were made, including granting clemency to hundreds of drug offenders. Florida also made many reforms to our state’s criminal justice system in recent years, including some big moves in 2016 alone.

 

These actions may be viewed by the Trump administration as …

APR. 26 2016
What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer
What to Expect from Your Criminal Defense Lawyer
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Being accused of a crime can be embarrassing, stressful, and emotional. You may be feeling frustrated, scared, confused, overwhelmed, and even helpless.

 

Feeling these emotions is normal and understandable, but the biggest mistake you can make is to let your emotions get the better of you and react in haste, or worse, not react at all.  The truth is that most people who aren’t attorneys are clueless when it comes to their basic rights under the law.  Our justice system feeds off of that truth.  A conviction and the ensuing penalties can harm your life irreparably, so it is …

JAN. 7 2016
Twenty Five Potential Consequences Resulting from a Criminal Conviction

There are many potential consequences resulting from a criminal conviction. Twenty-five are listed below:

  1. Once you are arrested, your fingerprints and photographs are now on permanent record at the Florida Dept. of Law Enforcement and the FBI.
  2. Once you have an arrest record it is available to the public.
  3. After an arrest, you may not be able to seal your criminal record, although in some cases you might. This is dependent on your charge, the ultimate disposition of your case, as well as your previous criminal background and history.
  4. The FBI never expunges or seals arrest records.
  5. If you were

JAN. 4 2016
The Principle of Reasonable Doubt and the Presumption of Innocence
The Principle of Reasonable Doubt and the Presumption of Innocence

One of the most important legal principles of the criminal justice system in the United States is known as the “presumption of innocence.” This means that every defendant – every individual who is arrested and charged with a criminal offense – is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

 

Whether a case is tried in state or federal court, the prosecution must prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The duty is upon the prosecution to prove the defendant’s guilt, not upon the accused to prove his or her innocence.

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