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Shoplifting Defense – South Florida Theft Lawyer

As discussed in this video, if you’ve been arrested for retail theft, which is commonly referred to as shoplifting, or any kind of theft offense in South Florida, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer. Pursuant to Florida Statute §812.015(1)(d), retail theft means “…the taking possession of or carrying away of merchandise, property, money, […]

No Driver’s License Points: Protect Your Driving Privilege

Pop quiz: You’ve just been pulled over by a police officer and issued a Broward or Miami Dade traffic citation. Should you go ahead and immediately pay the ticket? If you said “Yes” (like the majority of people probably will), you probably think you’re being responsible by promptly taking care of the fine and resolving […]

Passing a Stopped School Bus

Whether due to impatience, inattentiveness, or ignorance of the law, every day thousands of Florida drivers pass stopped school buses on the road. This problem is a public safety epidemic that endangers the lives of children. In fact, in a recent one- day survey taken by school bus drivers across the state, a total of […]

Driving after Registration has Expired

A cop has pulled you over for a traffic violation. So you turn off your car engine, roll down your window, and maybe try to give your best “please go easy on me” smile. The cop approaches your vehicle and begins to speak. Let me give you a hint, the next words out of his […]

Driving without a License

In Florida, just like every other state in the U.S., driving is a privilege not a right. Pursuant to Florida Statute §322.03(1), a person may not drive any motor vehicle upon a highway in Florida without a valid, unexpired driver’s license. The penalties for driving without a valid license in Florida depend on the reason […]

Florida’s Cyberstalking Laws

While the Internet, email, smartphones, and the widespread usage of social media sites have improved our lives in many ways, they have also unfortunately become the breeding grounds for new types of crime. In Florida, as well as many other jurisdictions, reports of cyberstalking have grown exponentially in recent years. You may have heard people, […]

How Defendants Should Dress for Court in South Florida

As a South Florida criminal lawyer with over 30 years of courtroom experience, I’ve seen thousands of criminal defendants come through the South Florida courts. Since the South Florida court system does not impose an officially sanctioned dress code for defendants appearing in court, I’ve seen defendants wear a variety of glaringly inappropriate clothing to […]

Contempt of Court Charges in Florida

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely caught wind of the viral news story about Miami’s bad girl du jour: the foul-mouthed, bird-flipping teen Penelope Soto. Here’s a recap of the infamous February 2013 courtroom incident: Ms. Soto appeared before a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge on drug possession charges. When the judge asked […]

Online Publication of Mugshots in Florida

A mugshot (also known as a mug shot, police photograph, or booking photograph) is a photographic portrait taken of a defendant by the police department after the defendant has been arrested and is in police custody. Typically, the arrestee will take one front-view photo and one-side view photo. The purpose of a mugshot is to […]

Inaccurate Legal Process on Television Shows

L.A. Law, The Practice, Matlock, Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, CSI, Law & Order, JAG, Night Court, Judging Amy, Suits, Damages….   It seems that since the beginning of time (or at least television), legal television shows have captured our hearts, imaginations, and let’s not forget—our Nielsen ratings. What’s your favorite legal television show? As for […]