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Florida Criminal Law Watch: Orlando Area Prosecutors Will Not Seek Monetary Bail for Certain Crimes

By Jude Faccidomo |

On March 16th, 2018, the Miami Herald reported on an important story originating out of Central Florida. Prosecutors in Orange County and Osceola County will no longer seek cash bail for certain minor crimes. This is an incredibly important step that will help make our justice system more fair to criminal defendants of all… Read More »


Large Drug Bust Reported in Southwest Florida

By Jude Faccidomo |

On May 4th, 2018, WFLA News Channel 8 reported that 77 people have been arrested in a massive drug trafficking bust in Sarasota County, Florida. The Sheriff’s Office labeled the arrest a part of ‘Operation Spring Cleaning’. According to law enforcement officials, this operation was focused on breaking up the manufacturing and trafficking of… Read More »


Supreme Court of Florida Clarifies State Criminal Procedure on Statute of Limitations Defenses

By Jude Faccidomo |

On April 12th, 2018, the Supreme Court of Florida issued a decision in the case of State of Florida v. Earvin Smith. The primary issue at stake in this case was: Must criminal defendants raise the possibility of a statute of limitations defense at their initial trial in order to preserve that issue for… Read More »


Americans are Increasingly Concerned About Over-Incarceration

By Jude Faccidomo |

The United States has a higher rate of incarceration than any other country on earth. The Prison Policy Initiative reports that the American incarceration rate is approximately 693 per 100,000 residents. Not only is this far above the global average, it is far above the second highest rate. The only other countries that have… Read More »


Former Florida Football Star Sentenced to More Than 20 Years in Prison for Healthcare Fraud

By Jude Faccidomo |

On April 16th, 2018, the Miami Herald reported that Monty Grow, a former football star who played at the University of Florida and for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, was sentenced to 22 years in prison for his role in leading a complex healthcare fraud scheme. The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) alleges that… Read More »


Know Your Rights: Can Florida Police Search Your Cell Phone?

By Jude Faccidomo |

Your smartphone carries an enormous amount of sensitive information about you and your life. If you have been arrested or detained by a Florida police officer, they may want to look through your phone. However, you have a legal right to keep your phone and its contents free from an unreasonable search. Florida police… Read More »


Were You Arrested for DUI in Miami, Florida? You Have Ten Days to Save Your License

By Jude Faccidomo |

The state of Florida has some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the entire country. If you are arrested for a DUI in South Florida, you could face serious penalties. Among other things, you may lose your driving privileges. In fact, though many people do not know it, after a DUI arrest your… Read More »


Why You Should Not Just “Plead Guilty” to Underage Drinking Charges

By Jude Faccidomo |

We all understand that alcohol is a common presence on college campuses throughout South Florida. Yet, under Florida law (Florida Statutes 562.111), it is a criminal act for a person who is under the age of 21 to be in possession of alcohol. If you or your college student has received an underage drinking… Read More »


Florida Mother Wrongfully Held for Five Months Due to Botched Field Drug Test

By Jude Faccidomo |

On March 10th, 2018, the Miami Herald reported on a stunning, heartbreaking story out of Pasco County, Florida. According to an investigation, a Tampa mother was arrested and held in jail for five months after a police officer’s botched field test incorrectly identified her vitamins as oxycodone pills. Sadly, this mistake is far from… Read More »


Florida Doctor Sentenced to 17 Years in Prison for Medicare Fraud

By Jude Faccidomo |

According to reporting from the Miami Herald, Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor from West Palm Beach, FL, is now facing 17 years in jail for his role in a complex Medicare fraud scheme. This sentence comes after a Palm Beach County jury had found Mr. Melgen guilty on 67 different counts of Medicare and… Read More »

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