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Failure to Preserve Appeal in Rape Shield Statute Case

In the case of Cooper v. Florida, the Defendant was convicted of lewd and lascivious battery and molestation. At trial, the court did not allow the Defendant’s attorney to question the accuser regarding her denial of any previous sexual experiences to the police. The...

Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise

Evaluated for Professionalism and Tested for Expertise The title for this blog post came straight from a Florida Bar pamphlet on Board Certification for Specialties. The reason this is important is that the federal courts have recently ruled that any Florida lawyer...

Medical Use of Marijuana for Patients and Caregivers

A majority of Floridians approved the medical use of marijuana and the new statute allows the medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or caregiver and they are NOT subject to criminal or civil liability under Florida law.  Recreational use of the drug is not...

Florida Now Requires Autism Training for Police Officers

About 1 in 68 American children have some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a shocking number, but even more troubling are recent incidents with police and individuals with autism. In North Miami, a...

Unbelievable Jury Verdict for Attorney Adam Pollack

As a board certified criminal trial attorney, I have seen my fair share of jury trials.  October 17, 2017 proved to be a remarkable day.  This day will be a day that is not long forgotten.  I just finished a two-day jury trial.  My client was facing a difficult...

Charging Drug Dealers with Murder?

The news has been filled with stories of the drug Fentanyl and first-responders and law enforcement officials becoming sick and even dying from responding to suspected drug dealing crime scenes. Additionally, the death count of people overdosing from this extremely...

Florida Medical Marijuana Law Signed by Governor

Legislation was signed recently by Florida Gov. Rick Scott making medical marijuana legal with a deadline of July 3 for how patients can qualify and receive the drug. Floridians approved this last year with 71 percent of the vote. However, we need to remember that...

Orange County and Juveniles in Prison

There was a recent piece that ran on NPR about the disproportionate amount of African Americans youths that are being arrested as juveniles in Orange County. In a story entitled "In Prison by Sixteen", it was revealed that Orange County has the most juvenile arrests...

The Politics of the Death Penalty

In the Markieth Lloyd case, the Orange County State Attorney Aramis Ayala declined to seek the death penalty and her office was removed from prosecuting this case by the governor. This decision caused distress in the law enforcement community and among those who...

Representing Yourself in Court is NOT a Good Idea

Orange County courts have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Alleged cop-killer Markieth Lloyd made a splash when he refused his court-appointed attorney and demanded that he be allowed to represent himself. Markith Lloyd has continued to further his request...

New Federal Crackdown on Marijuana Possible

The White House has announced that states will be subject to “greater enforcement” of the federal laws against marijuana use. This would have an obvious effect on states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.  However, this could also have a...

Immigration and Expungment in Removal Proceedings

The Department of Justice has taken a hard line stance against immigrants with its most recent travel ban as well an increase in enforcement of current laws regarding criminal convictions. Many clients are under the false impression that if they file paperwork to have...

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