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Seven People Arrested in for Involvement in Prescription Drug Ring in South Florida

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

On June 30th, 2019, the Miami Herald reported seven people were arrested on prescription drug fraud charged in South Florida. In a joint operation between state and federal law enforcement officials, arrest warrants were issued against six people who allegedly obtained fraudulent prescriptions and one pharmacist who knowingly filled bad prescriptions.  Here, our Miami… Read More »

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Miami Police Officer Arrested, Charged With Selling Stolen Automobiles

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According to reporting from CBS Miami, Orestes Santiago Verdura — a Miami-Dade County police officer — was recently arrested and charged with participating in a scheme to sell stolen cars. Mr. Verdura and an co-conspirator were charged with: Conspiracy to Commit Organized Scheme to Defraud; and Organized Scheme to Defraud; and Dealing in Stolen… Read More »

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Assistant Broward County Attorney Faces DUI Property Damage Charge

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, Alim Babayev —  an assistant state attorney for Broward County, FL — has been arrested on drunk driving charges. The report indicates that Mr. Babayev was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on June 11th, at approximately 8:00 in the evening. NBC 6 South Florida reviewed… Read More »

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Four Tips for Defending Probation Violation Charges in Florida

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In criminal law, probation is a period of supervised release. A person may be placed on probation after being let out of prison. Alternatively, a person may be placed on probation instead of being sentenced to serve time in prison. When on probation, it is imperative that you comply with all of the terms… Read More »

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Parkland Deputy Who Failed to Confront Shooter Arrested, Charged With Child Neglect and Culpable Negligence

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, Scot Peterson — the Broward County deputy who was assigned as the public safety officer at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — is facing 11 criminal charges for his failure to confront the former student and gunman who killed 17 innocent people in February of 2018…. Read More »

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Criminal Charges: Driving Without a License in Florida

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Drivers operating vehicles without a valid license happens a lot more often than most people realize. Indeed, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that unlicensed drivers are responsible for more than ten percent of the accidents in the United States. In some cases, people drive with a suspended or expired license. In… Read More »

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Music Star Arrested on Firearms Charges in South Florida

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, rapper Kodak Black has been arrested on weapons charges in South Florida. The music star, whose legal name is Bill Kapri, was detained right before he was set to take the stage for a performance in the region. In a joint state and federal operation, United States… Read More »

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New England Patriots Owner Wins Important Procedural Ruling; Key Video Evidence Thrown Out of Court

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

In February of 2019, law enforcement agents in South Florida announced prostitution and solicitation charges against dozens of defendants after an operation at a Jupiter-based spa and massage parlor. This story quickly made national headlines as Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, was among those arrested. This week, Mr…. Read More »

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Florida Doctor Arrested, Charged With Manslaughter After Overdose Death

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According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, a Miami-Dade County doctor has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and drug trafficking. These charges are related to the March 2019  opioid overdose death a 35-year-old Florida Keys woman. Dr. Marta Elena Farinas is accused of negligently overprescribing and unlawfully selling prescription drugs, including oxycodone…. Read More »

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Miami-Dade Prosecutors Set to Announce Charges in Massive Insurance Fraud Case

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, several dozen South Florida homeowners and multiple public insurance adjusters are set to be criminally charged in a massive insurance fraud case. The alleged ringleader of the scheme — Barbara Gonzalez of West Miami — has already been arrested and booked into a local jail. In this… Read More »

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Supreme Court to Decide if Police Need a Warrant to Draw Blood From Unconscious Person

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As reported by Reuters, the Supreme Court of the United States recently heard oral arguments in a Fourth Amendment case involving an unconscious driver who had his blood drawn by police without hearing his rights or giving his consent. The nation’s highest court is now set to determine if this motorist’s constitutional rights were… Read More »

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Miami-Dade Public School Official Charged With Sex Crime

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, a Miami-Dade County public school employee has been arrested on sex crimes charges. Victor Brantley, who works in the computer technology department of South Dade Senior High School and also serves as a Pastor in Homestead, FL, is accused of meeting the boy through an internet dating… Read More »

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An Overview of Sex Offender Registration in Florida

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Florida has strict sex offender registration requirements. Under Florida state law, convicted sex offenders must report to law enforcement so that the general public has an opportunity to be aware of their presence. If a sex offender fails to register in accordance with state law, they will be subject to harsh criminal penalties —… Read More »

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When Can Florida Police Conduct a Search Without a Warrant?

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Under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Americans have a basic right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. Before conducting a search, police officers are usually required to establish probable cause and to obtain a warrant from a judge. However, there are some important exceptions to this general rule. Here,… Read More »

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State Attorney Drops Charges Against Women Seen in Viral Miami, FL “Rough” Arrest Video

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According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, the South Florida mother who was seen in a viral video showing her being arrested in an especially “rough” manner is no longer facing any criminal charges from state or local prosecutors. Dyma Loving — a 26-year-old mother — was physically brought to the ground and… Read More »

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MMA Star Conor McGregor Arrested for Strong-Armed Robbery in Miami

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor was arrested outside of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel after he allegedly grabbed and smashed a fan’s cell phone. Miami Beach Police state that Mr. McGregor was charged with felony strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief in relation to the incident. Following… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Another Stand Your Ground Case

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As reported by CBS Miami, the Florida Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in another ‘Stand Your Ground’ case. The core issue at stake in this case is whether or not key changes that were made to the controversial law in 2017 should be applied to earlier cases that are still making their way… Read More »

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Prominent South Florida Lobbyist Arrested for Intoxicated Driving

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According to reporting from the Miami New Times, Ron Book — an influential state government lobbyist who is based in Miami-Dade County  — was arrested for DUI following a motor vehicle crash in Davie, Florida. The Broward Sheriff’s Office reports that Mr. Book was charged with intoxicated driving and he was charged with damaging… Read More »

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Three Things You Should Know About the Juvenile Justice System in Florida

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

Unfortunately, young people — especially teenagers — sometimes get themselves into serious trouble, even criminal trouble. According to a report from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), juvenile courts handle approximately one million cases nationally each year. Each state has its own juvenile justice program. For instance, in Florida, these types of cases… Read More »

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How Will a DUI Conviction Impact My Auto Insurance Rates in Florida?

By Ratzan & Faccidomo LLC |

As any driver in Florida knows, car insurance is expensive. For many people, automobile insurance will cost more than $1,500 per year. If you are arrested for drunk driving in Florida, the cost of maintaining your auto coverage is just one of the many things that you have to think about. Following a DUI… Read More »

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