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December 2014 Archives

Supreme Court: officer’s reasonable mistake of law doesn’t destroy probable cause

When building a criminal defense case, it is always important for defendants to work with an experienced attorney in evaluating the way police investigated the case. This is especially true in cases involving drug charges, which often involve search issues. In some cases, the legal issues surrounding searches can become significant enough that they need to be appealed. It doesn't happen very often that search issues need to be appealed to the highest court in the land, but that is what happened recently.

Fraud charges need to be met with strong criminal defense, regardless of circumstances

Fraud is, generally speaking, not an area that Florida is generally known to have under control. To take just one example, recent data released by LexisNexis Risk Solutions shows that Florida has had the highest incidence of mortgage fraud in the nation for five consecutive years now. Why exactly is the rate of fraud so high in Florida? According to the co-author of the LexisNexis report, it could partly be because of the high concentration of investment properties.

Work with our firm to ensure trial issues are preserved for later appeal

A Florida woman who is currently serving a 21-year sentence for using other taxpayers’ identities to file false tax returns may be able to have her sentence reduced after a successful appeal of her case. The reason for the appeal in her case was that the judge made a sentencing mistake. Although she may be able to have her sentence reduced, the amount of the reduction—if indeed the sentence is reduced at all—is still to be determined.

Criminal defense: while specific outcomes are not guaranteed, zealous advocacy is

Readers who have visited our website know that we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing our clients with the best possible criminal defense in their case. What this means is that our job is to provide our clients with the resources and advocacy they need to minimize the consequences of criminal charges.

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