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    Month: January 2018

    Criminal Defense Lawyer St. Petersburg Florida

    When is a Lie Perjury?

    When you get on the witness stand, you promise or take an oath to tell the truth, and telling a lie can cost you dearly. Florida takes perjury very seriously and people convicted of lying can be fined and even sentenced to time in jail. If you have a question about how to testify, you should contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. [...]

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    Testimonial Privileges in F...

    As a criminal defendant, almost anything you say can be introduced later in court. However, some communications are kept private because of a privilege. Depending on the circumstances, you might be able to strengthen your defense by keeping certain statements away from the jury. Some of the more important testimonial privileges include the followin [...]

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    Should a Criminal Defendant...

    The Fifth Amendment gives you an absolute right not to testify at your criminal trial and the jury can’t use your decision not to testify against you. But in some situations, might it be a good idea to testify anyway? Before you can answer that question, you need to analyze the evidence in your case and with your experienced defense lawyer. Many [...]

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    Can I Withdraw My Guilty Plea?

    Often, a plea bargain is an ideal resolution for a criminal defendant. You might plead guilty to a reduced charge and avoid prison. However, defendants sometimes change their minds and want to withdraw their guilty plea. In Florida, you can sometimes withdraw an earlier plea agreement, but a lot depends on timing. Withdrawing a Plea Before Senten [...]

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    Florida Doctor Sentenced fo...

    In November, a Florida doctor was sentenced to a four-year prison term for health care fraud and money laundering. This case is a reminder that the federal government continues to pursue health care fraud aggressively and isn’t afraid to use its full resources to go after suspected scammers. Accused defendants will need a skilled health care frau [...]

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    What Is Hearsay?

    A fundamental rule of criminal trials is that witnesses can only testify about what they saw or heard. When witnesses try to testify to second-hand information, they may be offering hearsay, which is generally prohibited. A skilled criminal defense attorney should lodge an appropriate objection asking the judge to exclude any hearsay testimony. He [...]

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    Surgery Injury Attorney St. Petersburg Florida

    Were You the Victim of a Ga...

    Many people need to have their gallbladders removed for a variety of health reasons. The medical industry has developed a minimally invasive way of doing so by performing laparoscopic gallbladder surgery, and the vast majority of gallbladder removals use this technique. Laparoscopic procedures use specialized tools that only require small incisions [...]

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    The Basics of Attorney-Clie...

    If you’ve been accused of a crime, you might be tempted to talk about it with friends and family. You definitely shouldn’t. Anything you say can be used against you later in court. But there’s one person you can talk to - your criminal defense attorney. Anything you tell them is protected by attorney-client privilege, meaning your criminal de [...]

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    Can a Bar Fight Lead to Jai...

    You probably go to a bar to unwind from a long day, but after a bar fight, you might soon find yourself relaxing in jail. To protect yourself, you’ll need an experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney who can analyze the evidence and come up with your best defense. Crimes You Might Commit A bar fight might start with a stray remark or [...]

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    Can I Exclude an Eyewitness...

    Nothing can be worse for a criminal defendant than to have a witness sit on the stand and identify you as the person who victimized them. However, in some situations, you can get an eyewitness identification thrown out of court by arguing that the identification procedure was unduly suggestive. If you succeed, you’ll help your case enormously. H [...]

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