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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

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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?

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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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Two Federal Government Contractors Arrested in Drug Bust at PortMiami

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, two federal contractors from the District of Columbia have been arrested in a drug bust at PortMiami. Located in Biscayne Bay, PortMiami is the busiest passenger port in the entire world. The drug bust occurred at the passenger section of the port, when two men attempted to… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court: Police Officer Can Arrest People for “Unregulated” Bitcoin Sales

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According to reporting from the Miami Herald, a Miami Beach man can be prosecuted for the unregistered sale of Bitcoin to an undercover police officer. In 2016, Michell Espinoza — a Florida-based web developer — was arrested and charged with illegal transmission of funds and money laundering after selling $1,500 worth of unregistered Bitcoins… Read More »

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Miami Body Cam Footage of 2017 Arrest is Being Reviewed By Independent Panel

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According to reporting from NBC 6 South Florida, an independent civilian panel is preparing to review the police body cam footage of a “rough arrest” that occurred nearly two years ago. The footage of the 2017 incident — newly released to the public — shows a suspect in an armed robbery case being arrested… Read More »

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Supreme Court Rules Robbery Can Be a Violent Felony After Hearing Florida Case

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On January 15th, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the case of Stokeling v. United States. In a relatively rare five to four decision that crossed the normal ideological lines, the nation’s highest court ruled that individual state statutes that require ‘minimal force’ satisfy the prior-conviction requirement under… Read More »

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Despite Legal Reforms, Miami Area Police are Arresting More People for Misdemeanor Marijuana Possession

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In 2015, Miami-Dade adopted a new marijuana possession law. In misdemeanor marijuana possession cases — meaning cases where the defendant is alleged to possess 20 grams or less — Miami-Dade police officers can simply issue a fine for the offense. This citation is similar to a basic traffic violation, like a speeding ticket. Yet,… Read More »

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Understanding Embezzlement Charges in Florida

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A person who uses their privileged position to take money or property from an employer or other party without permission can be charged with embezzlement. In Florida, embezzlement is a very serious criminal offense. If convicted of embezzlement, a defendant could face significant jail time. Here, our top-rated Miami criminal defense lawyers provide an… Read More »

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Defending Mail Fraud Charges in Florida

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When a person uses the United States Postal Service (USPS) — or any private shipping services, including UPS or FedEx — in furtherance of a fraud scheme, they could potentially be charged with mail fraud. This is a very serious criminal offense. If you or your loved one was charged with mail fraud in… Read More »

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Your Guide to Obstruction of Justice Charges in Florida

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Many people have a general familiarity with the term ‘obstruction of justice’. You hear it frequently in popular culture, in politics, and in legal procedural shows. However, it is often used in an ill-defined or otherwise confusing manner. In reality, obstruction of justice covers a wide range of different offenses. In some cases, obstruction… Read More »

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Miami Beach Police Chief Sends Letter to College Administrators; Warns ‘Spring Breakers’ of Strict Law Enforcement in 2019

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On December 5th, 2018, the Miami New Times reported that Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates has sent letters to several local college administrators as well as the presidents of local sororities and fraternities. This letter warns that the city is planning to strictly enforce all laws during Spring Break 2019 — a break… Read More »

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Florida Police Arrest an Elderly Woman; Charged for Aiding Nigeria-Based Fraud Scheme

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According to reporting from the Traverse City Record Eagle, Sylvia Jackson Williams — an 80-year-old woman from Columbia County, Florida — was arrested and charged with fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud for her alleged role in aiding and abetting a Nigeria-based check fraud scam. Law enforcement officers report that a Michigan couple that… Read More »

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Florida Man Arrested After He Used High-Tech License Plate to Dodge Tolls

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According to reporting from CBS Miami, the Miami-Dade Police Department has arrested a Florida man who allegedly used a sophisticated license plate cover in order to avoid paying highway tolls. Robert Craig Davis of Key Largo, Florida was arrested after he was allegedly caught in the act using the advanced license plate cover to… Read More »

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Attorney Jude Faccidomo in the Miami Herald: “No charges to be filed in cockfighting ring probe”

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Miami cockfighting case fizzles. Prosecutors blame animal-rights group for fouling it up By David Ovalle November 14, 2018 01:10 PM Updated November 15, 2018 03:00 PM Members of an undercover investigations group known as the Animal Recovery Mission, dressed in black uniforms and some wearing masks, surrounded a property in Southwest Miami-Dade earlier this… Read More »

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Miami High School Security Guard Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges

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According to reporting from ABC 10 News, Jamie Green — a Miami-Dade County high school security guard — has been arrested on multiple drug charges. The arrest report indicates that Mr. Green was pulled over by local law enforcement officers shortly after an undercover detective allegedly watched him sell drugs to a buyer at… Read More »

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Three Arrested After Miami Gardens Paintball Shooting

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On October 31st, 2018, the Miami Herald reported that the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD) has arrested three individuals — Tyrese Ferguson, Antwon Adam, and an unidentified minor — after a spree of paintball gun shootings left several people injured in neighborhoods across the region. The three were allegedly driving around Miami area communities,… Read More »

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Three Miami Police Officers Arrested in Drug Bust

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On October 24th, 2018, NBC News reported that three Miami police officers have been arrested on federal drug trafficking charges. Prosecutors allege that the officers — James Archibald, Schonton Harris, and Kelvin Harris — accepted money to work protection for a South Florida drug distribution ring. Prosecutors state that the officers believed that the… Read More »

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