What Happens at a Criminal Trial ?

June 30, 2010

      In 28 years of practicing criminal law, I have handled over 125 jury trials as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. In those roles, I have learned that one of the most important misconceptions I have had to dispel is that almost nothing of what is depicted in film or television courtroom […]

Pulled over for a DUI ? Now what???

June 28, 2010

      In my 28 years of practicing criminal law, first as a prosecutor and now as a criminal defense attorney, I have handled many hundreds of DUI cases. Approximately 30 of those cases have culminated in a jury trial. As a result of that experience, I have been asked numerous times about what happens at […]

DUI Checkpoints: A legal, but narrow lane

June 22, 2010

         While scanning the letters to the editor recently in the St Petersburg Times, I came upon a letter which was highly critical of the fact that the local police had notified the public in advance of the location and times they were planning on setting up a DUI checkpoint to apprehend drunk drivers.        […]

Supreme Court rules that while “silence may be golden”, it doesn’t stop police interrogation

June 4, 2010

     On June 1,2010, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in the case of Warden v. Thompson, case no. 08-1470, which, in a 5-4 decision, stated that in order for a suspect to assert his right to remain silent and right to counsel, he must “unambiguously” invoke those rights prior to,or during police interrogation. […]

Sealing and Expunging Records: Short Term patience, Long Term benefits

May 23, 2010

I receive calls quite frequently from both new and previous clients inquiring about having a prior criminal record sealed or expunged. While the terms are commonly used interchangeably, they apply to different circumstances and require a different process, depending on the outcome of the original charge.                                                    A. Record Sealing           Florida Statute 943.059 provides […]

Legal to carry Rx drugs in non-prescription bottle but beware

May 10, 2010

   Recently a client came to my office who had been arrested for possession of a controlled substance because he possessed them in a container which was not the original bottle in which the pills were dispensed at the pharmacy.    I expect to be able to convince the prosecutor, and if necessary, the Judge, […]