How Does the Fourth Amendment Affect My Criminal Case?

Pursuant to the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, any police officer who conducts a search of a person’s home or vehicle must have ordinarily obtained a search warrant prior to doing so. In order to issue a search warrant, there must be probable cause that criminal activity was afoot and that the defendant […]

A Criminal Record Can Limit Your Professional Options

In today’s marketplace, school admission and job placement are extremely difficult and competitive – even for those with excellent credentials. However, a criminal record (particularly a lengthy one) can put a damper on a person’s professional options. Generally speaking, a criminal record can have a very negative impact on a person’s educational prospects and professional […]

Graduation Season Results in DUI Arrests

Graduation is a time for celebration as children begin to transition from childhood to young adulthood. For many teenagers who have survived the rigors of high school, graduation can make them feel invincible, and, in combination with a multitude of parties, this may drastically increase teen drinking and driving and their risk of being charged with […]

Were Your Rights Violated at a DUI Stop?

Most of the time, the real reason why Florida police officers pull drivers over is not for texting, speeding, running a stop sign, or failing to use a turn signal. In most cases, the traffic stop occurs because the officer suspects that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Pretextual traffic stops […]

Do You Need an Attorney for a First-Time DUI?

Being charged and convicted of a DUI (or driving under the influence) in Florida can have significant legal ramifications, up to and including fines and jail time. If this is your first time being charged with a DUI, you may be tempted to go-it-alone, represent yourself in court, and not seek the services of an […]

What is Embezzlement?

Florida property crimes all fall under the umbrella of theft offenses. Under the Florida criminal statute, theft is defined as the unauthorized taking or use of another person’s property, with the intent of depriving that person of the property on either a temporary or permanent basis.  Embezzlement is one type of theft offense under Florida […]

Enhanced Penalties in Cases Involving Domestic Violence

Domestic violence law, because of its unique sensitivity and goal of protecting specific vulnerable people, has rules (and penalties) which can look unlike any other area of criminal law. Even those who think that they understand criminal defense can often be surprised by unique aspects of domestic violence law, such as the state’s attorney making […]

Violent Crimes Can Have Long-Term Professional Consequences

Being convicted of a violent crime in Florida can have wide-ranging personal consequences. In addition to fines and a possible prison term, it can impact your right to vote, to own a firearm, to veteran’s benefits, to many forms of public assistance, and even access to student loans. If you are not a citizen it […]