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Juvenile Crimes and the Adolescent Brain

Every adult will likely agree that their adolescent years were among the hardest, and most confusing, of their lives. Teenagers all over the world are undergoing stressful changes, shaping their identity, experimenting, and seeking acceptance from their peers—and a lot of these motivations and desires may drive them to commit juvenile crimes like theft, […]

The Different Types of Drug-Related Crimes

While marijuana is gradually being legalized in phases throughout the United States, drugs are still criminalized. There are different types of drug-related crimes, and each type of crime varies in severity.
Drug-related crimes can occur at a local, state, or federal level. The expense, severity, and ensuing punishment varies depending on the size and scope […]

Fines for DUI Convictions in Florida – April 11th, 2016

After an arrest for driving under the influence, or DUI, defendants should consult with a criminal lawyer regarding their best options.  Sometimes, when there is strong evidence against the defendant and all other legal avenues have proven to be unsuccessful, the case is resolved with a conviction.  When convicted of a DUI there is […]

Donald Trump Manager Charged With Battery

Donald Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, surrendered to the Jupiter Police Department in Florida after being charged with battery stemming from an incident with a reporter at a campaign event.

The alleged victim and professional reporter, Michelle Fields, filed charges against Mr. Lewandowski, alleging he pulled her arm while she attempted to ask Trump a […]

A Criminal Lawyer’s Advice on Attending Miami’s Ultra Music Festival

Every year, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival is one of the city’s premier events with attendance numbers expected to hit 165,000-170,00 people.  People from all over the world come to enjoy the sights and sounds at the festival, tickets for the event sell out months in advance.  For the event the City of Miami increases […]

Florida Medical Marijuana Laws – March 8th, 2016 Update

The biggest update in Florida medical marijuana news at the moment is related to the Florida legislature passing HB 307 in both the House and the Senate, sending the measure to Governor Rick Scott’s desk for approval.  This bill would expand Florida’s failed Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, signed in 2014, whose failed implementation has […]

Cocaine Possession Lawyer

We all know cocaine possession is illegal in the State of Florida but penalties for possession quickly reach minimum mandatory sentences of many years and sometimes decades.  As a criminal defense attorney I frequently handle cocaine possession cases ranging from under one gram to several kilos.  Under Florida Statute § 893.135 anyone who “knowingly […]

Florida Sexual Battery Laws

Aside from violent, financial, and drug crimes, a criminal defense attorney will frequently defend clients charged with sexual battery.  Sexual battery in Florida covers a range of illegal activity, from inappropriate touching to what is commonly known as rape.  In Florida, rape is referred to as sexual battery.  A battery is an unlawful touching […]

What to Avoid When Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney… As Told by a Criminal Defense Attorney

As a Miami criminal defense attorney I have the honor of representing clients accused of every type of crime from drug possession to 1st degree murder.  Before I become their attorney, these individuals are typically in my office for a consultation as a prospective client.  At those meetings I get to hear from my […]

Miami Dade’s Back on Track Program for DUI Arrests

Concerned about your recent DUI arrest? Looking for the right criminal defense attorney to advise you on what to do? For first time DUI arrests the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office offers a diversion program known as Back on Track. At the end of the program, if completed successfully, your charge is reduced from […]

Miami-Dade County Drug Court Program

Miami-Dade County Drug Court was set up in the summer of 1989 by administrative order of the chief judge of Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit. The Drug Court places defendants in a Treatment Program, monitors their progress, and decides whether they have recovered sufficiently to have their case dismissed. In essence, it is a treatment […]

Pre-Trial Diversion for Marijuana Possession

In the State of Florida possession of less than 20 grams marijuana, also called cannabis, is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail or a year of probation.  As a criminal defense attorney in Miami, I regularly meet with clients facing their first marijuana arrest.  All too often, my […]

Subway Spokesman Jared Fogle and Criminal Defense Attorney Attend Initial Appearance

Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle, accompanied by his criminal defense attorney, Ron Elberger, is scheduled to be released today after an appearance in court in Indianapolis in connection to the federal criminal charges against him that he formerly paid for sex with minors and received child pornography.
At his initial appearance in the Indianapolis Federal […]

NFL Star Aldon Smith Arrested for Fifth Time

San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith is no stranger to legal trouble and was arrested again and jailed Thursday night, in Santa Clara, California. Last season he served a nine-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies; Smith is once again making headlines and not for exception plays. In a […]

The DEA Finally Admits Marijuana is “Clearly” Safer Than Heroin

The DEA chief previously said pot is “probably not” as bad as heroin, but that he was “not an expert.”
On Wednesday, the head of the country’s top Drug Enforcement Administration has finally  acknowledged that marijuana is safer than heroin.
DEA Acting Chief Chuck Rosenberg publically admitted “heroin is clearly more dangerous than marijuana.” This is […]

Vincente David Montano, Theater Attacker, Looks More Like Mental Health Issue

A police spokesman said Vincente David Montano, the homeless man who attacked people at a movie theater in Nashville, Tennessee had a canister of propane, lighter fluid and a lighter and may have intended on setting off an explosive device.
Don Aaron, Metro Nashville Police spokesman, said Thursday the attacker made a gash on the […]

GoPro While Committing Crimes?

Four teens have been arrested after they used a stolen camcorder to make a video of themselves counting stolen cash, wearing stolen jewelry, sitting in a stolen car and bragging about their thefts. Police officers recovered the stolen items, including the camcorder, after the suspects crashed the stolen vehicle in Fort Lauderdale and abandoned […]

Sex on the Beach? You Better Not!

Lewd or lascivious exhibition criminalizes intentional sexual performance in the presence of a child younger than 16. Under Florida Statute 800.04(7), the crime of lewd or lascivious exhibition occurs when a person intentionally masturbates, exposes their genitals in a lewd or lascivious manner; or commits another sexual act in the presence of a child.
A […]

One Year Old is Tragically Killed by Mother

Johnesha Monae Perry, a nineteen-year-old woman from Allentown, Pa., was charged Monday, May 11, 2015, with homicide after authorities alleged she pushed her 1-year-old son, Zymeir Perry, off a bridge and into a river. Perry also faces charges of child endangerment and aggravated assault. The police say she pushed him over the rail of […]

Body Cameras: If We Are Forced to Think Twice Before Running a Red Light, Shouldn’t Law Enforcement Be Forced to Think Twice Before Pulling Their Firearm?

By Christopher D. Pagán, Esq.
Over the last few years, there have been a number of polarizing cases arising out of interactions between law enforcement and civilians.  Due to the frequency and seriousness of these interactions, the general public’s trust of law enforcement has been steadily declining.  Given the availability of affordable technology and the […]