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More Florida Bills Seek to Reduce Mandatory Minimums

More Florida Bills Seek to Reduce Mandatory Minimums Florida’s so-called 10-20-Life law, established under § Florida Statute 775.087, has been in effect since 1999 and has largely accomplished its primary goal to sentence thousands of people to mandatory prison terms because of certain convictions involving firearms or other dangerous weapons. The prosecutor is the only person with the power to waive a mandatory minimum sentence, and judges are only… Read more

Florida Considering Bills to Ease Mandatory Minimums

Florida Considering Bills to Ease Mandatory Minimums In 2017, Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 477 (HB 477), adding the opioids fentanyl and carfentanil to the list of drugs that can result in mandatory minimum sentences. Now, two bills have been proposed in the Florida Legislature that could allow judges to depart from mandatory minimum sentencing requirements.  House Bill 481 (HB 481) provides that mandatory minimum sentences for controlled substance… Read more

Marijuana Cultivation Investigation Leads to Additional Charges

Marijuana Cultivation Investigation Leads to Additional Charges The Miami Herald reported on January 18 that police suspected there was a "marijuana lab" inside a warehouse on 123rd Street in Medley and saw a Hialeah man park a pickup truck in front of the warehouse, go inside, and return back to the truck about two hours later. According to the police report, officers entered the warehouse with a search warrant and found “two fully functioning hydroponics laboratories,”… Read more

Miami Man Arrested on Two Active Warrants

Miami Man Arrested on Two Active Warrants The Miami Herald reported on December 7 that a 28-year-old man was arrested during a traffic stop near U.S. Route 1 and Southwest 136th Street in Pinecrest. Police set up surveillance near the Pinecrest Whole Foods on Dixie Highway where the man was spotted. According to the Herald, the alleged offender had been accused of offering rides to female students at the University of South Carolina, taking… Read more

Miami-Dade Elementary Principal Reassigned After DUI Arrest

Miami-Dade Elementary Principal Reassigned After DUI Arrest On October 27, the Miami Herald reported that the principal at Wesley Matthews Elementary in Miami was reassigned on by Miami-Dade County Public Schools after she was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) on July 21. The 46-year-old woman who has been with the school system for 23 years will work at a district administrative office, a non-school site, Miami-Dade schools spokeswoman Daisy Gonzalez-Diego… Read more

North Miami Man Arrested For Alleged Rape of Minor

North Miami Man Arrested For Alleged Rape of Minor The Miami Herald reported that a North Miami man would be spending his 60th birthday in Miami-Dade's Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center after being arrested on September 27. The man was being held with no bond after being charged with seven counts of sexual battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 16.  WPLG-TV reported that the arrest affidavit stated that the alleged victim told police… Read more

Fraudulent Worker’s Compensation Claims

Being injured on the job can cause serious financial and resourceful hardship. These injuries can change your lifestyle, your method of enjoyment, and even your career path. Worker’s compensation was created to aide individuals who have been injured on the job, while performing their job duties. Faking an injury or making a minor injury out to be more serious than it really is in order to obtain benefits… Read more

Student Claims University of Miami 'Did Nothing' After Alleged Rape

Student Claims University of Miami 'Did Nothing' After Alleged Rape The Miami New Times reported on September 20 that a University of Miami (UM) student filed a lawsuit against the university on September 15. According the New Times, the student alleges in her lawsuit that she was raped on August 23, 2013, at an off-campus apartment complex known informally as "Red Road" that caters to UM students.  The student claims that her assailant—who was a resident adviser… Read more

Miami Judge Rules Stand Your Ground Changes Unconstitutional

Miami Judge Rules Stand Your Ground Changes Unconstitutional On July 3, the Miami Herald reported that Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that Florida's updated "Stand Your Ground" law was unconstitutional. The ruling was not binding, likely meaning that the appeals process would lead to the revised law being reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.  Senate Bill 128 (SB 128), which shifted the burden of proof from the defendant to the prosecutor during… Read more

Evan Hoffman Represents Woman Accused of DUI Crash That Killed Delray Officer

Evan Hoffman Represents Woman Accused of DUI Crash That Killed Delray Officer Miami criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is representing a 32-year-old woman who was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury, DUI with property damage, and possession of marijuana following an April 8 crash in Key West that killed an off-duty Delray Beach police officer and left another critically injured. The South Florida Sun Sentinel… Read more
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