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Is Cyberstalking a Crime in Florida?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Stalking allegations are common in Florida domestic violence cases. Stalking refers to any pattern of harassment or unwanted attention designed to provoke fear in the victim. These days, stalking not only includes actions that take place in the physical world but also via the Internet. In fact, Florida’s criminal stalking laws expressly define a… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Says It Is “Reasonable” for Police to Detain, Question Passengers During Traffic Stops

By Julia Kefalinos |

Many criminal cases in Florida start with a traffic stop. An officer may initially intend to cite the driver for something like a broken taillight, only to discover there is evidence of some other crime, such as DUI or drug possession. But what about the passengers in the vehicle? Can the police detain or… Read More »

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What Happens If I Flee an Accident Scene Where Someone Has Died?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Any drunk driving arrest is a serious matter in Florida. But when a DUI results in serious injury or death to another person, the consequences are especially severe. Florida classifies DUI manslaughter as a second-degree felony, and in some cases it can be elevated to a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to… Read More »

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How Drunk Driving Can Lead to 24 Years In Prison

By Julia Kefalinos |

Any drunk driving charge is a serious matter. But when an alleged DUI involves serious bodily injury or death to another person, Florida automatically elevates the charge to a felony. Indeed, a DUI that results in the “death of any human being or unborn child” is considered manslaughter, a second-degree felony. The minimum prison… Read More »

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Can Florida Police Search Your Car’s “Black Box” Without a Warrant?

By Julia Kefalinos |

Most of us carry a smartphone everywhere. You may not realize it, but these portable computers track your every movement and activity. This data can prove useful to law enforcement looking for evidence of criminal activity. Which is why it is important for courts to define the boundaries of police searches of any device… Read More »

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What Happens When a Court Does Not Give a Defendant a “Speedy” Trial?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor and awaiting trial, you understandably want your case resolved as quickly as possible. Indeed, the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees all criminal defendants the right to a “speedy” trial. But what exactly does “speedy” mean? Miami Man’s Conviction Reversed Due to Yearlong… Read More »

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What Justifies a Police Officer’s Suspicion of Drunk Driving?

By Julia Kefalinos |

A legal question that often arises in Florida DUI cases is whether a police officer had “probable cause” to stop a driver. The police cannot simply pull over someone because they have a hunch the driver is drunk. There must be some factual basis for the stop, such as the officer observing the driver… Read More »

The Consequences of a False Domestic Violence Charge

By Julia Kefalinos |

Domestic violence laws exist to protect individuals from physical abuse by a spouse or partner. Unfortunately, many people use domestic violence laws to commit what amounts to court-ordered abuse against their ex-partner. Men are frequently the victims of this type of attack, as some women choose to make false domestic violence allegations in order… Read More »

Can You Be Denied an Attorney in a Florida Criminal Case?

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you are facing jail time for a criminal offense, you might just assume you have the right to the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer. After all, doesn’t the Constitution protect the right to counsel? It turns out the answer is, “Not in all cases.” The Florida Supreme Court recently addressed the right… Read More »

Domestic Violence Charges No Excuse for Taking Judicial Shortcuts

By Julia Kefalinos |

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you have the same rights as anyone else accused of a crime. It is not enough for an accuser to present unsubstantiated allegations. Before granting a domestic violence protection order, a judge must determine there is “competent, substantial evidence” supporting the accusation. You also have a… Read More »

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