April 16, 2019

People ask from time to time, do I have to go to prison while my direct criminal appeal is pending? Shockingly, the answer is “not necessarily, it depends,” but many practitioners don’t know that their clients qualify for an “appellate bond” or how to ask for an “appel...

February 19, 2019

“I don’t understand … the client got a departure sentence. How can he file an ‘ineffective assistance of counsel’ claim against me?” decried the defense attorney.

          The exasperated statement from the attorney presupposes that the departure sentence was the best...

February 11, 2019

“Some martial arts are very popular, real crowd pleasers, because they look good, have smooth techniques. but beware. They are like a wine that has been watered. A diluted wine is not a real wine, not a good wine, hardly the genuine article. Some martial arts don’t loo...

February 3, 2019

It’s not true. I don’t know when it started or who first perpetrated this legal nonsense, but contrary to popular belief a law enforcement officer does not have to read you your Miranda rights when they are arresting you. Miranda is not a necessary component of an arre...

January 23, 2019

      

         Plea bargains are evaluated based upon contract law. Typically, the courts make a legal determination to review for the basics: offer, acceptance, intent, and consideration. The idea is that there is a “bargained-for-ex...

January 9, 2019

If you are charged with a sex offense in Florida and the offense involves a victim 15 years old or younger, and you are 18 years old or older, you may be subject to the Jessica Lunsford Act. The Jessica Lunsford Act (“JLA”)[i] applies to certain offenses[ii] involving...

January 8, 2019

After consulting with your attorney, if you decide that entering a plea is your best option regarding your case, then there some basic understandings you should have regarding the standard felony plea in Florida. One of those understandings you must possess and underst...

December 21, 2018

       

 

       

​It is not acceptable for people in power, the decision makers, to be oblivious to the ever-changing and evolving aspects of technology. For the second time in so many weeks, I participated in a...

December 3, 2018

In Florida, if you are arrested and taken into custody, you may hear the following warning before any questioning begins:

You have the right to remain silent. If you give up the right to remain silent, anything you say can be used against you in court. You have the righ...