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Category Archives: Criminal Defense


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 »


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 »


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 »


The Importance of “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” in Florida Criminal Trials

By Julia Kefalinos |

Even if you have never been charged and tried for a crime, you have probably heard the phrase “beyond a reasonable doubt.” This refers to the legal standard of proof the prosecution must meet to convict anyone of a crime. It does not matter what the crime is–whether it is misdemeanor DWI or felony… Read More »


When Can Posting Negative Comments About Someone on Social Media Lead to Cyberstalking Charges?

By Julia Kefalinos |

As new technologies gain popularity, the law must often play catch-up. For example, social media networks like Facebook and Twitter have made it easier than ever to communicate with other people. Unfortunately, in some cases that communication is unwanted or considered harassment by the recipient. Under Florida law it is a first-degree misdemeanor to… Read More »


Can a Judge Impose a Sentence Without Allowing Me to Present Evidence First?

By Julia Kefalinos |

When charged with any state crime, you have certain basic constitutional rights. This includes the right to be present during all “critical stages” of your trial, from arraignment to sentencing. Indeed, not only do you have the right to be physically present in the courtroom–you also have the right to meaningfully participate in what… Read More »


When Does “Double Jeopardy” Bar Multiple Convictions for the Same Actions?

By Julia Kefalinos |

In criminal law, there is a constitutional rule against “double jeopardy.” As expressed in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, this rule states no person may be “subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” Of course, there are some important caveats to this rule. First,… Read More »


The Consequences of a Felony Welfare Fraud Conviction

By Julia Kefalinos |

The phrase “convicted felon” probably conjures up an image of someone charged with murder, rape, or drug trafficking. But there are many non-violent crimes that also qualify as felonies under Florida state law. For example, many types of fraud are prosecuted as felonies. This includes individuals charged with fraudulently obtaining government benefits. Florida Appeals… Read More »


How a Domestic Violence Arrest Can Affect Your Probation–Even Decades Later

By Julia Kefalinos |

A domestic violence arrest can have serious ramifications if you are already serving probation for a prior criminal offense. Indeed, if convicted, a domestic violence charge can provide sufficient grounds for a judge to revoke your parole and send you to jail. And Florida prosecutors are always quick to jump on any chance to… Read More »


Florida Supreme Court Rejected Challenge to Ex-Florida A&M Band Member’s Manslaughter, Hazing Convictions

By Julia Kefalinos |

Manslaughter is a state crime defined as the “killing of a human being … without lawful justification,” under circumstances that do not otherwise qualify as murder or justifiable homicide. In simple terms, manslaughter is an unlawful killing that is not premeditated. So even in cases where a defendant is simply negligent or reckless, they… Read More »

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