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Be Careful for What You Wish For…

The biggest challenge to bringing criminal charges against the “neighborhood watch captain” for the shooting of Trayvon Martin may be the lack of evidence disputing Zimmerman’s account of the incident. In order to file a manslaughter charge, prosecutors must believe that they have enough evidence to prove to a jury–beyond a reasonable doubt–that Zimmerman’s actions were unlawful. But even if [...]

By |March 20th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Be Careful for What You Wish For…

Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words…

There’s something special about being a cop.Not only do you get to carry a badge and gun and put people in jail. You also get the special power to keep them there. How, you ask? Simple. Just open your mouth and say whatever you feel like saying.In other words: you get the power to lie with impunity.Most of the time, [...]

By |January 26th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Words…

5 Things You Should Never Do When Talking with a Cop

The following 5 tips assume that you aren’t a hothead who lacks impulse control, and you would rather avoid spending the night in jail:1. Never raise your voice or challenge the officer even if he is confrontational and raises his. It’s not a bad idea to address the officer as “sir,” “officer” or “officer (last name). Ask yourself if you’d [...]

By |December 30th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on 5 Things You Should Never Do When Talking with a Cop

Fallout Continues Over Urban Week Miami Beach Police Shooting

Seven Months after being shot ostensibly by a barrage of bullets by police, three innocent bystanders try to piece their lives together while they continue waiting for answersLast Memorial Day Weekend, Miami Beach police officers (together with some of Hialeah’s finest) fired over 100 bullets at a suspect’s vehicle–despite the fact that there were dozens of innocent bystanders in the [...]

By |December 25th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Fallout Continues Over Urban Week Miami Beach Police Shooting

The Devil Made Me Do It: Shoplifting (Petit Theft)

At any given time, I represent at least 5 – 10 clients who are charged with shoplifting or petit theft. Invariably, my client is a professional or student with a squeaky clean record. This begs the question: Why did they do it?Although there certainly are cases where people are falsely accused, most of my shoplifting clients freely admit their guilt [...]

By |November 14th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on The Devil Made Me Do It: Shoplifting (Petit Theft)

That Blows-Were you really over the limit??

Prosecutors have decided not to use alcohol breath-test results in about 100 current DUI cases in Sarasota and Manatee counties after learning about problematic Intoxilyzer 8000 breath-test machines. The 12th Circuit State Attorney’s Office reviewed DUI cases this week and will send letters notifying defendants who were tested on five Intoxilyzer 8000s that the machines were not working properly and [...]

By |October 27th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on That Blows-Were you really over the limit??

Man Indicted on Charges of Making Threats over Facebook

Anthony D. Elonis was indicted for allegedly making violent threats on the social networking site Facebook toward his estranged wife, law enforcement officers, his former co-workers, and to an unspecified kindergarten class. While in Federal Court this past Monday, his criminal defense attorney motioned for dismissal based on the abstract notion that Elonis had not committed a crime because his [...]

By |October 27th, 2011|Categories: Blog Threats|Comments Off on Man Indicted on Charges of Making Threats over Facebook

Further Fallout Stemming from Miami Beach Police Misconduct

A sergeant who supervised one of the officers partying at the Clevelander before a near-fatal ATV crash has been informed of the city’s intent to dismiss him.Months after two Miami Beach police officers were relieved of duty for a drunken ATV crash that left two South Beach visitors badly hurt over fourth of july weekend, a third policeman — this [...]

By |October 15th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Further Fallout Stemming from Miami Beach Police Misconduct

Scalia, Strip Searches, and Living in the Past

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently grappling with the issue of whether an individual arrested for a minor violation may be strip-searched in jail. The issue came before the Supreme Court by litigator Thomas Goldstein, who brought the case on behalf of Albert Florence. Mr. Florence was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a traffic infraction fine that he already [...]

By |October 14th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Scalia, Strip Searches, and Living in the Past

You’re Kidding, Right?

It certainly is hard to believe, but this past week the Supreme Court ordered a halt to a prisoner’s execution based on the trial court having permitted a state witness to testify that the Defendant was more likely to re-offend because he is black. Let’s just take a moment to let that sink in…The state presented–and the trial judge allowed–a [...]

By |September 18th, 2011|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on You’re Kidding, Right?
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