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Category Archives: Criminal Defense


Tampa’s Top Law Enforcement Officer Promises Violent Crime Crackdown

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Speaking to the city council, Tampa Police Department Chief Lee Bercaw outlined a multi-point plan which, he says, will reduce the number of shootings in the area and make people feel safer. Police received reports of at least twenty-four shootings in the Tampa Bay area in April and May 2024. In one case, video… Read More »

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PIKing Through a Drug Possession Case

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Here’s an interesting set of statistics, or at least interesting to us. Drug possession accounts for 85 percent of drug arrests, yet just over 25 percent of the nation’s jail and prison population. Why the large disparity? Why do so many cases result in so few prison sentences? The number of moving parts in… Read More »

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Challenging the Evidence in a Criminal Case

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Evidence, or the lack thereof, is critical in a criminal case. The prosecutor must prove guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. A hit-and-run case illustrates the difference between the burden of proof in criminal court and the burden of proof in civil court which is a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not). In… Read More »

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Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records in Florida

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This process is governed by Section 943.045 of the Florida Statutes. Expunction is like a magic wand that wipes out all traces of a criminal record. Sealing is like using White-Out to redact a criminal record. If you don’t know what White-Out is, feel free to Google it. Some state agencies, mostly law enforcement… Read More »

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Florida Man Arrested in Pennsylvania

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The long arm of the law caught up to a man who was charged with manslaughter after the death of his brother. The Cape Coral Police Department said a man was arrested after a traffic stop by Pennsylvania State Police troopers. He faces a manslaughter with a weapon charge out of Cape Coral. Cape… Read More »

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Sex Crimes Defenses in Florida

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Many people believe that sex offenders in the Sunshine State are homogenous. A consensual Romeo and Juliet sexual relationship, if Romeo was a little too old and Juliet was a little too young, is just as bad as Friar Lawrence sexually assaulting Lady Capulet. This common misperception underscores the need for a vigorous defense… Read More »

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POM Cases in Florida From Start to Finish

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Possession of marijuana cases are much different now than they were ten years ago. For one thing, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. This substance has the exact same look, feel, smell, and other qualities as marijuana. Many prosecutors are now hard-pressed to distinguish illegal marijuana from legal hemp. Second, most jurors have a… Read More »

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Five Indirect Effects of a Juvenile Criminal Conviction

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Some parents believe that troubled children should “take their medicine” and face the full consequences of their actions in juvenile court. The problem with this approach is that, in many cases, the medicine is much stronger than parents believe it is. Juvenile criminal convictions usually have consequences that affect children for years to come…. Read More »

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Authorities File Charges in Alleged Hate Crime Murder

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Following a month-long investigation, a 65-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder with a hate crime enhancement for the killing of a 52-year-old man at the West Dog Park in Tampa in February 2024. The arrestee initially told police he killed the man in self-defense. But an investigation undermined that… Read More »

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Proof Issues in Common White Collar Criminal Cases

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All criminal cases have proof issues. Prosecutors must establish guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. That’s the highest standard of proof in Florida law. Because of this high burden of proof, witness availability and credibility are usually the two biggest proof issues. Many cases are single-witness cases. In most cases, police officers are available and… Read More »

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