People traditionally associate DUI cases with alcohol, and with good reason. Drunk driving cases make up the overwhelming majority of them. But here in South Florida, we also see a slew of DUI charges for people who are accused of being impaired, not by alcohol, but by drugs or controlled substances. Those charges are less… read more
An insurance company has to defend against lawsuits just like everyone else, but it’s rarely the insurance company that you see in court or named in the lawsuit. They’re more behind-the-scenes, proving the funding for the defense and being responsible for the outcome of the case. When you get into a car crash with John Smith,… read more
There are a few cases that rock your core more than a wrongful death case. In a situation like that, the first thing people want is justice for their loved one, and for themselves. They look to the legal system to get that justice, but they aren’t sure if they can take the kind of… read more
Many people are surprised to learn that there are misdemeanors under our nation’s federal criminal laws. That’s certainly understandable. After all, the most commonly prosecuted (and sensationalized) crimes in federal court seem to involve a wide array of felonies. Bank, Wire, and Credit Card Fraud; Drug Trafficking; Weapon Offenses; the list goes on and on…. read more
President Obama will forever be remembered as the “first” to do many things. And with his recent visit to a federal prison in Oklahoma, he added to that list by becoming the first sitting president to make such a trip-no, not to El Reno Correctional Institution specifically (although that’s true too), but rather, to any federal prison in general.
I fancy myself a documentary-film aficionado. When the subject matter is criminal law, it’s a true win-win. Last week, I had occasion to see a newly-released HBO documentary titled, “Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop.” It was fascinating. For those of you who didn’t see it, I suggest you watch it.
In a recent article published by the New York Times, “Lawyers With Lowest Pay Report More Happiness,” it was shown that lawyers and law students alike are focused on the wrong reward- money…at least if they want to be happy.
As a criminal defense lawyer, I am often faced with a series of inquiries from friends and family like, “How can you represent those people?” (Roy Black has a very interesting blog post (and twist) on this precise question).
It would appear that the Florida circumstantial evidence rule is at risk of being, if not outright removed, substantially modified (or, stated another way, clarified). Earlier this month, the Florida Supreme Court heard oral argument in Knight v. State, a constructive possession of cannabis case, to address the issue. The advocate for the State of… read more