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Published by Jacksonville, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney — Shorstein, Lasnetski & Gihon

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Mandatory Minimum Prison Sentences Give Prosecutors Excessive Power at the Expense of Defendants’ Rights

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:10:59 +0000

In criminal cases in state and federal courts, one major landmine in getting cases resolved and trying to get fair results is crimes that carry mandatory minimum prison sentences.  There are few greater injustices in the criminal system than the advent of the mandatory minimum prison sentence.  Additionally, they are the source of a tremendous […]

What is Hearsay? Can They Prosecute Me Based On He Said/She Said?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 19:52:34 +0000

One of the most misunderstood issues in criminal law is hearsay.  People often confuse he said/she said evidence with hearsay.  Many people believe that the State cannot prosecute a person based on he said/she said evidence.    This article seeks to clear up any misunderstandings regarding what hearsay is and isn’t and when the State […]

What is considered Child Abuse in Florida?

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:35:13 +0000

Criminal defense attorneys in Florida often struggle to answer questions related to what is and what is not considered child abuse in the State of Florida.  The reason is that the child abuse statute is so very broad and covers such a wide array of actions, some of which do not even include physically touching […]

What are the gun laws in the State of Florida?

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 15:08:53 +0000

There has been a lot of talk about new legislation regarding firearms, but what is the current status of the law as it relates to guns?  Criminal defense lawyers know that there are plenty of firearm statutes with extreme high range of punishments already on the books in Florida.  These laws are coupled with very […]

What is “Safety Valve” in Federal Criminal Court?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:33:14 +0000

As every criminal defense lawyer knows, there are some very draconian minimum mandatory sentences in Federal criminal court.  There are federal minimum mandatory sentences for certain drug offenses, firearm offenses, and for defendants who have certain convictions.   There are two ways to break the minimum mandatory sentence, which then allows a judge to sentence you […]

Criminal Law Update: When Can A Police Officer Stop And Search You?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:34:52 +0000

When can a police officer stop and search you?  This is a question often asked to criminal defense lawyers, but can rarely be answered with any degree of specificity.  Why?  Because whether a police officer has illegally stopped and searched you is a mixed question of fact and law.  Rarely, are two cases exactly the […]

How Can A Criminal Defense Attorney Help Get A Low Bond?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:05:11 +0000

We often get calls from frantic family members asking how we can help if their loved one was just arrested.  There are several ways a criminal defense lawyer can help.  For example, the criminal defense attorney can challenge whether there is probable cause in the case.  But the biggest area that affects you is when […]

What is Pretrial Diversion or Pretrial Intervention and How Can I Get It?

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 21:38:23 +0000

You were arrested or given a Notice To Appear.  It was a petit theft, grand theft, possession of drugs, or some other non-violent offense.  You’ve never been arrested before, or if you have, you have a very minor prior record.  You’re scared.  You don’t know what to expect.  Will you go to jail?  Will you […]

In Florida, When a Defendant is Sentenced to Probation, Can That Probation Period Be Terminated Early?

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:15:17 +0000

In Florida, when a defendant pleads guilty or no contest to a criminal charge or is found guilty after a trial, the judge will sentence that defendant.  A sentence can involve jail or prison time or a term of probation, or both.  If a person is sentenced to probation, that means the person will be […]

Police in Florida Do Not Have a Right to Search All of a Person’s Personal Property, Even After an Arrest

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:11:33 +0000

In Florida, and other states based on certain United States Supreme Court cases,, the police used to have broad authority to search a person’s property after an arrest.  The police used to be able to search the person, a nearby vehicle, possibly the person’s residence and any items reasonably close a person who was arrested.  […]