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Former Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Probation in Plea Deal After Pleading Guilty to Possession of Obscene Material Involving a Minor

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Possession of obscene images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors is a felony according to Florida law.  A person convicted of one count of possession of obscene material involving a minor can face up to five years in prison, as well as having to register as a sex offender.  Why, then, is a former… Read More »

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Music Producer Serving Sentence for Drug Trafficking Seeks to Overturn His Conviction

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In 2020, it should be obvious to anyone that police officers who act as though the rules do not apply to them often get away with it and also that not everything that people post on social media is factually accurate enough to be used as the basis for a decision.  The process of… Read More »

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Leesburg Woman Sentenced to Four Years for Stealing and Selling Patients’ Information

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In October 2019, Stacey Hendricks of Leesburg was arrested for selling confidential patient information she illegally obtained in the context of her medical billing job.  On three separate occasions in 2019, Hendricks sold a total of 20 images of patient records to undercover agents in Orange County.  In January 2020, she pleaded guilty to… Read More »

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Miami LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws employment discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The inclusion of sex under this law has sparked debates as to whether it protects the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination as well, and whether sexual orientation and transgender status discrimination should fall under… Read More »

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Former Miami-Dade Firefighter Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Sexual Relationship with 14-Year-Old Girl

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In May 2018, an investigation began into an inappropriate relationship between Miami-Dade firefighter Kevin Kerlin and a Palm Beach County girl.  Investigators discovered a series of texts exchanged between Kerlin, who was 45 at the time, and a 14-year-old girl, which referred to sexual contact between the two of them.  In May 2020, Kerlin… Read More »

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Broward Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Miami Dolphin Mark Walton in Domestic Violence Case After Pregnant Alleged Victim Refuses to Testify

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In November 2019, Mark Walton of the Miami Dolphins was arrested after police responded to a domestic violence call at the residence in Davie that Walton shares with his girlfriend Jasmin Thompson.  Thompson, who was five weeks pregnant at the time of the incident, alleged that Walton pushed her against a wall and struck… Read More »

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NFL Player Pleads Not Guilty in South Florida Armed Robbery Case

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

As reported by 4 CBS Miami, DeAndre Baker of the NFL’s New York Giants was recently arrested on armed robbery charges in Broward County. Mr. Baker, who was a former high school football star in Miami, allegedly pulled a gun on and stole property from multiple men after a dispute arose at a party… Read More »

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Woman Arrested After Refusing to Leave a Public Beach in Violation of a Miami-Dade County COVID-19 Order

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

According to a report from WPLG Local 10, Kimberly Falkenstine, a 33-year-old Miami woman, was arrested and charged with multiple criminal offenses for refusing to leave the beach at Lummus Park. Police allege that Ms. Falkenstine went on the beach in violation of a Miami Beach public safety order that closed the area in… Read More »

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Supreme Court: Sixth Amendment Requires a Unanimous Jury Verdict for Serious Crimes

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

All defendants have a right to a fair trial. If you were charged with a crime, a fair trial is one in which a unanimous jury verdict is required for a conviction—at least as it pertains to serious crimes. On April 20th, 2020, the Supreme Court determined that the Sixth Amendment of the United… Read More »

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Two People Arrested on Identity Theft Charges in Miami Dade County

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According to a report from 7 News Miami, two people have been arrested on identity theft charges in Hialeah. The suspects, who appeared in a Miami-Dade County bond court last week, were identified as Caroline Piloto and Diego Jose Rosas. A third individual who was also initially arrested along with the pair was released… Read More »

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Report: Miami Police Have Made At Least 16 Curfew Arrests

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On March 26th, the City of Miami enacted a strict 10 PM curfew as part of its effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Under the local ordinance, residents are instructed to stay inside from 10 PM to 5 AM—unless their conduct falls under an exception. Failure to comply with this law… Read More »

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Police Discover Cocaine Disguised as Car Batteries, Florida Man Charged With Possession With Intent to Distribute

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

On April 14th, 2020, the Miami Herald reported on the story of a significant drug bust on a cargo vessel in the Miami River. What initially appeared to be two pallets stacked with car batteries were later discovered to be powder cocaine. After an investigation, state and federal agents arrested a man named Juan… Read More »

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How to Get Bail Reduced in Florida

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Bail is money that a defendant puts up in exchange for their release. The court “holds” the bail to confirm that the defendant will attend all of their hearings. If you cannot pay the full amount needed, you may secure release through bond. As explained by Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, bond is a third… Read More »

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Florida Pastor Arrested After Defying COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Order

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), state and local officials throughout the United States have issued a wide range of different legal orders—many of them temporarily closing down ‘non-essential businesses’, banning large gatherings, and requiring people to stay home or shelter in place. As of April 1st, 2020, Florida… Read More »

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Four Things Immigrants Need to Know When Facing Criminal Charges

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense is always stressful, scary, and confusing. For immigrants and other non-citizens, there may be even more on the line. Indeed, a criminal charge could have very serious consequences for you and your family—potentially even leading to a denial of citizenship rights or removal from the country…. Read More »

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I Was Arrested for Drunk Driving in Miami: Will I Lose My Driver’s License?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense. A conviction on a DUI charge could lead to significant financial penalties and even jail time. It will also lead to the suspension of your driver’s license. Of course, a conviction is not the same thing as an arrest. Every person deserves their day in court and… Read More »

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Teenager Arrested Months After Deadly DUI Accident in Miami Dade County

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According to reporting from WPLG Local 10, Christopher Mejias, an 18-year-old from Miami, was arrested in connection with a 2019 drunk driving accident that killed a 17-year-old. The student who was killed in the wreck was a passenger in the vehicle. Another 17-year-old in the backseat sustained significant injuries in the crash. Based on… Read More »

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Supreme Court Decision Gives Individual State Prosecutors Additional Authority to Bring Criminal Charges Against Undocumented Immigrants

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the Supreme Court of the United States recently released a decision that, in effect, will give individual states additional legal authority to prosecute undocumented immigrants. On March 3rd, 2020, the nation’s top court released its opinion in the case of Kansas v. Garcia—deciding in favor… Read More »

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What Should I Do If I Was Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence in South Florida?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Domestic violence is a very serious criminal offense. Under Florida law (Florida Statutes § 741.28), battery against a family member or a household member could lead to jail time. While there is no doubt that domestic abuse is a real problem, it is also true that false accusations can happen. If you were falsely… Read More »

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Federal Authorities Have Charged a Florida Doctor in $26 Million Health Care Insurance Fraud Case

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

According to reporting from ABC News, Moses degraft-Johnson, a Florida doctor, has been arrested and charged with health care fraud for allegedly billing Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance companies for more than $26 million in phony services. He pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health… Read More »

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