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Former NYPD Officer Sentenced to Seven Years for Providing Armed Security for Sunrise Drug Deal

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The perks of one’s job are sweeter when shared with family and friends.  What lawyer does not delight in bringing his or her children to the office on teacher planning days and seeing them draw pictures on legal pads, then tear off the pages they used and display their drawings on the fridge?  Many… Read More »

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Jude Faccidomo Quoted in the Miami Herald article “Jury trials to slowly return in Miami, but Zoom court will go on, sparking new controversy”

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

“What we are dealing with is the old ‘Jurassic Park’ argument. The courts seem so consumed with whether they can hold these hearings, they haven’t really stopped to think if they should,” said Jude Faccidomo, of Miami, the group’s president-elect. “These are difficult times, but if history has taught us anything, the most important… Read More »

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Former Police Officer Sentenced to Four Concurrent Prison Sentences for Forcing Suspected Drunk Driver and Passenger to Run Down Alligator Alley Naked

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

South Florida news headlines tell of numerous abuses by people in positions of authority.  While elected officials, law enforcement officers, and wealthy executives usually are not able to avoid legal consequences for their actions, they are much more likely to get lenient sentences and generous plea deals, so that the sentences they serve seem… Read More »

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Miramar Man Gets 70 Months in Prison for Selling Drugs in Small Quantities on the Dark Web

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The Internet makes life simpler, except when it doesn’t.  You can buy and sell almost anything online, even illegal and marginally legal drugs.  Perhaps more importantly, you can pretend to be anyone.  Sooner or later, though, your real-life activities will expose the real person behind the online persona.  This was what happened to a… Read More »

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Former Employee of Coral Springs Middle School Sentenced to 75 Years for Sexually Abusing Student

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Fewer than ten percent of criminal cases go to trial.  Unless the attorneys for the defendant are able to get the charges dropped, the next best option is usually a plea bargain.  Most defendants get a much lighter sentence if they plead guilty to some of their charges than if they fight all of… Read More »

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Broward Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Possession and Distribution of Obscene Images

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

It is against the law to possess pornographic content depicting the sexual abuse of minors.  As with any crime, a person cannot be punished for it unless he or she enters a guilty plea or unless a jury determines, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he or she has committed the crime.  Since so many… Read More »

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Former Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy Gets Five Years in Plea Deal for Sober Home Patient Brokering Scheme

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

The shady machinations of South Florida’s addiction treatment centers and sober living homes in the second decade of the 21st century have become the stuff of legend.  Tales of “druggy buggies” transporting people on a desperate quest for sobriety from one candy-colored beachfront house-turned-rehab to another have featured in everything from “Florida man” memes… Read More »

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Federal Jury Acquits Man After Drug Bust at Fort Lauderdale Airbnb

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Every person accused of a misdemeanor or felony in the United States has the right to a trial by jury, but in practice, very few defendants exercise those rights.  The punishments are usually worse if a jury returns a guilty verdict at trial than if the defendant had pleaded guilty.  Sometimes defense lawyers are… Read More »

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Fort Lauderdale Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison for Selling Fentanyl That Caused Fatal Overdose

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

If a person dies from a drug overdose, does it mean that the person who sold or gave the fatal dose or drugs to the victim killed him or her?  Most of the time, drug cases are completely separate from homicide cases, but in the past three years, Florida courts have tried several defendants… Read More »

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Coconut Creek Police Officer Acquitted of Sexual Molestation After Other Charges Are Dropped

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Between reporting a crime and a defendant being convicted are many steps of a legal process that aims to be fair both to defendants and to victims.  The defendant has the right to enter a plea of not guilty, and if he does, the jury cannot convict him unless the prosecution convinces them, beyond… Read More »

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Former Boynton Beach Police Officer Gets Two Years for Possession of Images of Child Exploitation

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

A man previously employed by the Boynton Beach Police Department will serve two years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of obscene images showing children being subjected to sexual abuse.  Like many people who buy abusive images online, he and the people who conspired with him in the trafficking of the images… Read More »

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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

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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

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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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