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When Federal Officers use Deadly Force

By Julia Kefalinos |

There have been over 150 fatalities at the hands of federal officers—DEA, FBI, US Marshals, or ATF—in the past five years.  Another 80 or so people were wounded. We know that these federal agencies are tasked with going after bad guys—but still—there are questions about the tactics they use and the results they get…. Read More »

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The Price of Mandatory Minimum Sentences

By Julia Kefalinos |

Like many states, Florida has mandatory minimum sentences attached to many criminal charges. Created as a way to deter crime, the result has had a number of unintended consequences. Crimes that Come with Mandatory Sentences  Certain crimes do have mandatory sentences attached to them, including: Capital crimes; Crimes in which a firearm was used… Read More »

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Retail Theft During the Holidays

By Julia Kefalinos |

Here come the holidays, and with them, a loss to retailers to the tune of billions.  It’s the busiest shopping period of the year, which means it’s also the prime time for shoplifters to hit the stores, with over 80 percent of all retail theft occurring during the holidays. In just the month between… Read More »

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Should You Turn State’s Evidence?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are facing serious criminal charges, there may be a way to make a deal with the prosecutor by providing information about a bigger fish related to the criminal activity of which you are accused. This is more formally referred to as turning state’s evidence. What could that mean for you? Federal Mandates … Read More »

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Bracing for New Immigration Laws in Florida

By Julia Kefalinos |

Migrant workers have long buttressed the economy in the Sunshine State, working in the jobs that are hard to fill. According to Pew Research, undocumented immigrants comprise just 5 percent of the workforce in this country, but they account for 26 percent of farm workers and 15 percent of construction workers. They also fill… Read More »

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Understanding Gag Orders

By Julia Kefalinos |

After a limited gag order was issued against former president Donald Trump by Judge Chutkan in his upcoming Washington, D. C. trial, there have been a plethora of questions about gag orders in general, and specifically in Trump’s case. Read on to have your questions answered: Q & A on Gag Orders  Q:  What,… Read More »

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Double Jeopardy

By Julia Kefalinos |

When most people think of the 5th Amendment, the right to remain silent usually comes to mind.  But there is much more to this important amendment to the constitution.  Case in point: protection from double jeopardy. What is Double Jeopardy?  The important clause in the 5th Amendment is thought to have originated in ancient… Read More »

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But I’m Innocent!

By Julia Kefalinos |

What could be more unnerving than for an innocent person to be charged with a crime and hauled through the criminal justice system, particularly when a conviction could lead to imprisonment! That’s why it’s essential for suspects to utilize their Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent and request a local attorney at the first… Read More »

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Could Police Mistakes Help Your Defense?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you’re facing criminal charges, you know you’re in hot water! You could be facing some very stiff penalties in Florida depending on the charges.   Now, more than ever, it is critical to have an experienced local criminal defense attorney working on your behalf.  At The Law Office of Julia Kefalinos, our criminal defense… Read More »

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Genealogy Testing Used to Solve Decades-Old Florida Cold Case

By Julia Kefalinos |

A murder case that had been going nowhere for 36 years has suddenly seen some promising developments. Michael Lapniewski, Jr. has been charged with the robbery and murder of Opal Well following he broke into her home back in 1987.  While DNA was found at the scene of the crime all those years ago,… Read More »

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