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Category: News & Announcements

What is the STOP CSAM Act?

November 22, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

In April 2023, U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin introduced a bill titled the Strengthening Transparency and Obligation to Protect Children Suffering from Abuse and Mistreatment Act of 2023 (STOP CSAM Act). The Act was created to stop the proliferation of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) online. The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported that the number of child …

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What is FIBRS & How is it Changing Crime Reporting in Florida?

November 22, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

We’ve previously covered the changes made through the FBI’s National Summary Reporting System. The federal government announced nearly a decade ago their plan to transition away from summary reporting to instead focus on specific incident reporting. Now state legislations are following suit, including Florida. Florida has adopted a new method of crime reporting under The Florida Incident-Based Reporting System (FIBRS), …

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Minnesota Supreme Court Affirms Marijuana Odor is Insufficient Cause for Searching Motor Vehicles

October 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

A recent ruling made by the Minnesota Supreme Court eliminated the smell of marijuana coming from a motor vehicle as insufficient grounds for police to justify a warrantless search. It is important to note that the Minnesota Supreme Court’s ruling does not change the legal standards in Florida for determining whether law enforcement may search a vehicle based on the …

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Monroe County Woman Blames Driving Infraction on Dog, Results in DUI and Felony Charge

October 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving/DUI, News & Announcements

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman in Key Largo after a traffic violation turned into a suspected DUI. The Local 10 reported that Michele Lee Burke, 54, was driving on the Overseas Highway when she failed to move over into the left lane while passing two deputies conducting a traffic stop. Under the amended Move Over Law, drivers …

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Polk County’s Operation Traffic Stop 2 Results in 219 Arrests

October 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Sex Crimes

We previously covered the first Operation Traffic Stop in a blog post earlier this year. The second operation by Polk County Sherrif’s Office, along with several other jurisdictions, took place this September and resulted in over 200 arrests for differing sex crimes. The resulting charges varied between soliciting sex, offering to commit prostitution, and the engagement in human trafficking. This …

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Miami Man Pleads Guilty to the Distribution of $16M Worth of Adulterated HIV Medication

October 26, 2023 Criminal Defense, Drug Charges, News & Announcements

A group of individuals, including a defendant from Florida, are facing federal charges in a pharmaceutical fraud operation. The case involved the sale and distribution of adulterated prescription drugs to wholesale pharmaceutical subscribers. This page will provide the case details, along with both the federal and state penalties for such offenses. Case Details On September 25, 2023, the U.S. Department …

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Jury Finds Defendant Accused of Impregnating and Killing his Niece Guilty

October 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Nearly five years after the disappearance of Iyana Sawyer, a trial for the missing person-turned-murder-case took place in September 2023. The 16-year-old was reported missing while she was five months pregnant, with the father later being revealed as her uncle by marriage. Sawyer’s uncle was accused of killing the teenager out of fear of their secretive relationship and pregnancy becoming …

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Arrest Made in South Florida Three-Part Bomb Threat

October 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements, Violent Crimes

Making a false report is never a good idea and pretending that a fake emergency will occur can cause unnecessary chaos. If law enforcement responds to the false report, it can result in resources being wasted that could be used for more serious issues. On top of that, the person who communicates the fake report can end up being arrested …

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Arrests Made in I-4 Antisemitism Case

October 5, 2023 Criminal Defense, News & Announcements

Hate speech should not be taken lightly in the state of Florida. Over the last few years, incidents involving extremist groups have been on the rise. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) indicated in their 2022 report that Florida is one of the top five states in the country for rising hate crime incidents. More recently, extremists have displayed hateful messages across …

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