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Miami New Times: Strong Evidence of Racial Disparities in Miami Marijuana Enforcement

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

On September 7th, 2018, the Miami New Times published a report on the arrest and citation data that was released by the Miami-Dade Police Department. Notably, the Miami New Times assesses that this data confirms the conclusions of its early investigative reports, which found that: Miami-Dade Police are arresting people on marijuana possession charges… Read More »

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Florida’s Identity Theft Law: What is ‘Personal Information’?

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Identity theft is a very serious crime in Florida. As this type of fraud becomes more common in the digital age, Florida law enforcement agencies and prosecutors are bringing tougher enforcement action against perpetrators. As CBS News reported earlier this year, identity theft is at a record high in the United States. Of course,… Read More »

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Were You Arrested in South Florida? Four Tips to Help You Protect Your Professional License

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In Florida, many professionals are required to obtain and maintain a license from the state in order to practice. Occupational licenses are increasingly common in our country. According to data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), nearly 25 percent of all American workers hold an occupational license. From lawyers and doctors to… Read More »

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What Should I Do if I Have Received a Subpoena in a Criminal Case?

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A subpoena is a document issued by a court of law that orders a person to provide relevant information. You may receive a subpoena that asks you for certain documents or evidence related to a criminal case, or you may receive a subpoena that asks you to give on-the-record testimony. As you may have… Read More »

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Clearwater, Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooter Arrested, Charged With Manslaughter

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In July, a man named Michael Drejka shot and killed another man after a dispute in a parking lot in Clearwater, Florida. A video of the incident soon went viral and the shooting ignited a national debate as the Pinellas County Sheriff announced that he did not have the authority to arrest Mr. Drejka… Read More »

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Report: DUI Arrests are Plummeting in South Florida

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, the number of drunk driving arrests in South Florida has dropped precipitously over the past few years. From 2013 to 2017, the number of DUI arrests made by the Miami-Dade Police Department fell by an astonishing 65 percent. Over the same time period, the number of drunk… Read More »

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South Florida Doctor Arrested for Prescription Drug Fraud

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On July 25th, 2018, the Miami Herald reported that Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have announced the shutdown of an alleged prescription drug “pill mill” in South Florida. According to a news release from the Florida Office of the Attorney General, doctor Armando Falcon operated a… Read More »

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Lawsuit Challenges ‘Marsy’s Law’ Inclusion on Florida Ballot

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Recently, the Pensacola News Journal reported that a lawsuit has been violated challenging the inclusion of ‘Marsy’s Law’ on this November’s Florida state ballot. This is a controversial ballot initiative that is sometimes referred to as the ‘Victims’ Bill of Rights Act’ by its supporters. In this article, our experienced Miami criminal lawyers provide… Read More »

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New Study: Jury Trials are Increasingly Rare in Criminal Cases

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According to reporting from the Center on Crime and Justice at John Jay College, new research has demonstrated that jury trials are becoming far less common in criminal cases. In a recent study, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) found that only three percent of criminal cases go before a jury. This… Read More »

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Fourth Amendment Watch: Supreme Court Cracks Down on Warrantless Digital Snooping

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On June 22nd, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a long-awaited opinion in the case of Carpenter v. United States. In a landmark 5 to 4 ruling, the nation’s highest court ruled that the government’s acquisition of cell tower records amounts to a search for the purposes of the Fourth Amendment,… Read More »

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