Blog Posts in March, 2010

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Possession With Intent to Sell Cocaine

Possession with intent to sell cocaine is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 15 years in state prison. It is treated as a serious felony offense in Miami and Broward, requiring the ...
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Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Yesterday, I discussed the charge of carrying a concealed firearm. Today, I want to discuss the far more serious charge of Felon in Possession of a Firearm. This charge is similar to carrying a ...
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Carrying A Concealed Firearm

With Florida’s 10-20-Life law, charges involving the possession of a gun are taken very seriously in Miami and Broward. As a Miami criminal attorney and Broward criminal attorney, I represent clients ...
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If My Record is Sealed or Expunged, Who May See It?

As a Miami expungement attorney and a Broward expungement attorney, I am often asked who in the public can view a sealed or expunged record. When your record is expunged, it is literally destroyed. ...
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Cocaine

As a major international port, Miami receives its fair share of cocaine. In fact, I would venture to guess that the majority of felony arrests in Miami-Dade County are for cocaine possession, or ...
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What Are The Penalties For A First DUI?

There is a lot of talk about DUI, but what about the penalties for a first offense? Can you go to jail for a first DUI? How much probation would you be made to do if you were to plead guilty or no ...
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Possession of Oxycodone (OxyContin)

I wrote a previous post about Trafficking in Oxycodone to highlight the seriousness of the charge. It's no joke. In Miami and Broward, and all throughout the State of Florida for that matter, ...
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What Am I Facing?

One of the biggest concerns people have when they find themselves charged with a crime is what sort of sentence are they facing? Can they go to jail? Prison? What is the maximum a judge can sentence ...
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Are You Eligible To Have Your Criminal Record Sealed or Expunged?

With the state of the job market, many prospective clients are contacting me inquiring about sealing or expunging their criminal records. This is because there are presently more applicants than ...
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Geographic Areas In Which I Represent Clients

I represent people charged with DUI, felony, and misdemeanor offenses in the following Miami-Dade County municipalities: Aventura, Bal Harbour, Bay Harbor Islands, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Doral, El ...
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The Sealing/Expungement Process

Sealing or expunging criminal records is a service that I provide as a Miami expungement lawyer. I also work in Broward County, where I assist my clients in cleaning their records as well. If your ...
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Marijuana Grow Houses

In Miami-Dade and Broward County, we see a lot of police raids on marijuana grow houses. These are ordinary homes that are used for the purpose of growing marijuana. The homes may be retrofitted with ...
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Important Links

As a defense attorney I believe that the most important thing available to a client is information. Now, a good criminal defense attorney should be in constant contact with his or her clients, ...
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Options For First-Time Offenders

As a Miami criminal defense attorney, I am often approached by first-time offenders. Whether a felony or misdemeanor charge, these clients are different than clients who may have been arrested before. ...
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Grand Theft Auto

I'm not referring to the popular video game series. I'm talking about a serious felony crime in the State of Florida. Grand Theft Auto is an intentional act that involves the taking, ...
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Getting Felony Charges Reduced to Misdemeanor Charges

A while back, I wrote a blog entry on when to hire a criminal defense attorney on a felony case. I said that a criminal defense attorney should be hired as shortly after the felony arrest as possible. ...
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Beating the Breath Test

It seems that lately I've been getting a lot of phone calls from people charged with DUI. Since Miami-Dade and Broward are so broke, it makes sense that cops are out there, trying to make those ...
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Drug Court

With statistical data showing staggering numbers of people serving time in state prisons for drug possession, many states have adopted the idea of Drug Court. In Miami and Broward, Drug Courts are in ...
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Theft

What is theft? It can be anything from taking a pack of gum from CVS to embezzling millions of dollars from a corporation. In any respect, theft crimes constitute a large number of the felonies and ...
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Burglary

The word "burglary" usually means the crime of entering someone's home and taking their valuables. In Florida, however, there are many different types of burglary. When I was a Miami-Dade prosecutor, ...
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Miami Probation Violation

When faced with the possibility of prison, probation often seems like a wonderful alternative. In some cases, depending on the strength of the evidence against the accused, that may actually be true. ...
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10-20-Life

Like most states, Florida law requires mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenses that involve the use of a firearm. These mandatory minimum sentences outline the least amount of mandatory (day ...
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Domestic Violence Charges

Common misconceptions about domestic violence cases are that if one of the parties (the alleged victim) is not "on board," or willing to testify in court against the accused, the case will ...
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DUI Administrative Hearings

If you are arrested for a DUI, you will likely have to surrender your driver's license to the police. The citation that they issue you will act as a temporary driver's license for up to 10 ...
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Habitual Felony Offender

Florida uses an enhancement system for penalizing felony offenders with prior records. In Florida, a number of "career criminal" designations are used by the State Attorney's Office to label certain ...
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