Robbery vs. Theft

Florida treats both robbery and theft charges and convictions seriously, and a robbery conviction has the potential to land a criminal defendant in jail for many years. If you have been charged with robbery or theft in Florida, you need experienced legal counsel on your side advocating for your rights every step of the way. […]

Can the Police Look in the Windows of Your Home?

Pursuant to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, with few exceptions, any police officer who conducts a search of a person’s home or vehicle must first obtain a search warrant (or the owner of the property must have validly consented to the search). To issue a search warrant, probable cause must exist that criminal […]

What are the Penalties for Looting in Florida?

During Hurricane Irma, Florida police arrested several people for breaking through windows, breaking down doors, and looting stores, despite officers’ warnings to stay at home and look after their loved ones. Many of these looters were charged with burglary under Florida law. Florida and most other states view looting and burglary charges seriously, and offenders […]

Can Manslaughter Be a Misdemeanor

Under Florida law, manslaughter involves the killing of a human being that does not fit within the definition of murder or felony-murder. Murder generally involves either a “depraved heart,” “reckless disregard for human life,” or felony-murder, which is a murder committed during the commission or attempted commission of an inherently dangerous felony. Manslaughter, however, is […]

An Ignition Interlock Device Can be Costly

In Florida, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more. Breathalyzer test results are the most important piece of evidence for a Florida prosecutor to have during a criminal trial. In Florida, if you are arrested by an officer who has probable cause to […]

How a Lawyer Can Help You Avoid Imprisonment

A criminal defense lawyer may help you avoid incarceration in your criminal case by asserting good legal defenses to your charges or reaching a favorable plea deal with the prosecution. In some cases, the prosecution may agree to a period of criminal probation to keep you from being incarcerated. Criminal probation in Florida is not […]

Instagram Model Gets a DUI in Florida

DUI charges and convictions are all too common in Florida. Such was the case for a south Florida Instagram model who calls herself the “Cuban Kim Kardashian.” Katherine Ferreiro, 25, was arrested for drunk driving several days ago as she was leaving a popular Florida nightclub. Allegedly, Ferreiro was initially stopped by police for running […]

Can a Probation Violation Be Dismissed?

Following a misdemeanor or felony conviction, a Florida judge may impose probation instead of—or in addition to—incarceration in a county jail or state prison. However, a probation sentence requires the offender to comply fully with all of the terms of the probation. These conditions usually include some or all of the following: Mandatory restitution or […]

Can a DUI be a Felony in Florida?

DUIs in Florida may be prosecuted as either felony or as misdemeanors, depending on many factors, such as the person’s history of DUI and whether anyone was injured or killed. Generally speaking, felonies are punishable by more than one year in prison, and misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year of incarceration, plus fines […]

Can an Assault Conviction be Expunged?

Unfortunately, a criminal record can have a serious impact on your ability to find a job, find a decent place to live, or gain admission to the college or university of your choice. In some cases, however, depending upon the nature and circumstances of the offense, you may be eligible to seal or expunge a […]

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