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Florida's Stand Your Ground Amendment
Florida's Stand Your Ground Amendment Mon, May 08, 2017 The Florida Legislature on May 5, 2017, passed a bill that now puts the burden on the prosecution to prove by “clear and convincing” evidence to overcome a person’s request for immunity from criminal prosecution in a ‘Stand Your Ground’ case. Read More

Let's Go To The Video...
Let's Go To The Video... Mon, Apr 24, 2017 In a renewed posture, both chambers of the Florida Legislature are, once again, taking up the requirement that all portions of law enforcement interrogations be recorded. Currently, there is no requirement under Florida law that law enforcement offic... Read More

Warrant needed to search a car’s “Black Box”
Warrant needed to search a car’s “Black Box” Thu, Apr 20, 2017 An appeals court in our state has recently ruled that law enforcement authorities must obtain asearch warrant from a court as part of any criminal investigation before they can search ordownload information from a car’s ‘black box’, which is otherwis... Read More

What Is A Diversion And Am I Eligible
What Is A Diversion And Am I Eligible Fri, Jan 20, 2017 One of the first things I look at when I am retained to represent someone in a criminal case is whether they are eligible for what is referred to as a Diversion.  This can mean different things in different jurisdictions, but what I am referring to i... Read More

Things to NOT Do If You Are Arrested:
Things to NOT Do If You Are Arrested: Mon, Jan 09, 2017 It is very important to realize that if you are arrested for any crime, it can be tempting to do certain things due to being scared, upset, and confused about the situation.  When I am speaking with someone after they have been arrested (or if they h... Read More

Alimony Reform - Stay Tuned...
Alimony Reform - Stay Tuned... Wed, Feb 18, 2015 In the next few weeks, our Florida Legislatures will be convening for their annual legislative session in Tallahassee. Hundreds of bills and legislative proposals on a variety of issues will be addressed in subcommittee meetings and by the State Hous... Read More

Anybody Home?
Anybody Home? Mon, Dec 15, 2014 I read with interest a recent article from the Daytona Beach News Journal of a case where the court ruled that the State prosecutor’s office could not use any evidence in a case of drugs and contraband that were obtained by the police through the exe... Read More

Cell Phone Privacy
Cell Phone Privacy Mon, Nov 10, 2014 The Florida Supreme Court, in a 5-2 decision last month, ruled on the side of privacy and personal protections, by holding that law enforcement/police in Florida must first obtain a search warrant before they can use a person’s cell phone information... Read More

Florida and Over-Criminalization
Florida and Over-Criminalization Mon, Apr 14, 2014 I read with interest the attached article from Daniel McCarthy, who is with the Center for Florida Tax Reform, Department of Social Justice. I encourage you to read it as well. In his article, Mr McCarthy highlights what many attorneys and others i... Read More

As a criminal defense attorney
As a criminal defense attorney Wed, Jan 29, 2014 As a criminal defense attorney I hear the above statement at least a few times a week.  The truth of the matter is that if the criminal allegations and charges are dismissed by the prosecutor, that is great, but the information pertaining to the arre... Read More

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