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Defending Against Parental Kidnapping Charges

By Julia Kefalinos |

Let’s say you’ve been through a particularly unpleasant divorce and have been battling custody issues from day one. Things escalate to the point that now your former spouse has accused you of kidnapping your own children. What now? Having an experienced criminal defense attorney at bat for you can mean the difference between life-changing… Read More »

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Defending Against Shoplifting

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you have been charged with theft, you are likely frightened when you consider the penalties associated with a conviction in Florida. And you should be concerned: you could wind up with fines, and even time behind bars. What you need now is an experienced and committed criminal defense lawyer right now. The Facts… Read More »

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Florida’s Juvenile Justice System

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you’re the parent of a juvenile who’s had a run-in with the law, it could be a jarring crash with reality to see that your child is now head-to-head with the juvenile justice system. You’re not alone in your concern: over 13,000 youth aged 8-18+ were served in juvenile detention facilities throughout Florida… Read More »

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Dealing With a DUI During the Holidays

By Julia Kefalinos |

As the holidays approach, it’s worth noting that the rates of drinking and driving soar. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 25 percent more highway deaths occur during this time of year, with New Year’s Eve topping out with a 30 percent increase in fatalities. About a quarter of those deaths… Read More »

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Can a Judge Force You to Wear Restraints During Your Criminal Trial?

By Julia Kefalinos |

When facing criminal charges, you have a constitutional right to be present at your own trial. This right generally includes freedom from physical restraint during any trial proceedings before the jury. In other words, you cannot be handcuffed or shackled in the jury’s presence. The reason for this is obvious: Such an appearance would… Read More »

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How Much Discretion Does a Police Officer Have When Executing a Search Warrant?

By Julia Kefalinos |

The Constitution protects your right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Among other things, this means that the police cannot take a sample of your blood without either your consent or obtaining a search warrant. The warrant itself can only be issued if a judge finds there is “probable cause” to believe… Read More »

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Is Repeatedly “Re-Tagging” Someone on Facebook Considered Cyberstalking?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Cyberstalking is often a component of domestic violence cases. Individuals can use the Internet to harass, threaten, or even terrorize their victims. In many cases, these victims can seek an injunction against cyberstalking under Florida law. At the same time, conduct that is merely annoying or offensive remains constitutionally protected speech under the First… Read More »

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Can Prosecutors Introduce Evidence of My Alleged “Prior Bad Acts” at My Criminal Trial?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are tried for a crime in Florida, the prosecution is generally banned from introducing any evidence that is solely designed to paint you as a “bad character” to the jury. In other words, most evidence regarding your “prior bad acts” are inadmissible, unless those acts are similar to the one you are… Read More »

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When Can “Newly Discovered Evidence” Affect a Criminal Conviction?

By Julia Kefalinos |

The purpose of a criminal trial is for a jury to weigh the available evidence and deliver a verdict. But there are situations where new evidence may come to light after the verdict is entered. When this happens, is it possible for the defendant to seek a new trial based on newly discovered evidence?… Read More »

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Can Police Officers Give Opinions About Your Statements in a Criminal Trial?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In any criminal trial, the jury is the “trier of fact.” This means it is up to the jury to listen to all of the testimony and decide if the prosecution has met its burden to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. To help protect the jury’s role, there are a number… Read More »

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