Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Palm Beach Defense Attorney to Defend 18-Year Old Charged With Posing as Doctor

Criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine explains Florida law about who can and cannot legally open a medical clinic in the state.

West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine is defending Malachi Love-Robinson, the 18 year old criminally charged with posing as a doctor. The full story will be told at trial, but in order to appreciate what is happening now, in this Palm Beach County criminal case that has captured national attention, you must first understand Florida law, as it applies to “who can open a clinic or a doctor’s office” in the State of Florida, and what a medical doctor does under his or her license.

In Florida, there is “No requirement” that the clinic, doctor’s office or other medical facility be owned and incorporated by a licensed medical doctor. As a matter of fact, there is no educational requirement in Florida for opening a clinic, doctor’s office or medical facility. Under Florida General Statute 458.327, the governing statute that defines
“practicing” medicine, not “owning a clinic or doctor’s office,” the law states that “a person who practices medicine must hold a valid Florida Doctor of Medicine License.”

As a matter of fact, the practicing medicine without a license statute reads in pertinent part that: A person commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084 if the person is involved in: (a) The practice of medicine or an attempt to practice medicine without a license to practice in Florida. (b) The use or attempted use of a license which is suspended or revoked to practice medicine. (c) Attempting to obtain or obtaining a license to practice medicine by knowing misrepresentation. (d) Attempting to obtain or obtaining a position as a medical practitioner or medical resident in a clinic or hospital through knowing misrepresentation of education, training, or experience. (e) Knowingly operating, owning, or managing a non registered pain-management clinic that is required to be registered with the Department of Health pursuant to s. 458.3265(1). (f) Dispensing a controlled substance listed in Schedule II or Schedule III in violation of s. 465.0276. But Florida law is silent as to who can own a clinic, doctor’s office or medical facility.

18-year old, Malachi Love-Robinson has adamantly denied that he ever practiced medicine in Palm Beach County, FL. As matter of fact, Malachi Love- Robinson denies all the criminal charges against him and explained that he owned the facility and never practiced medicine in any way shape or form. Owning a clinic, doctor’s office or other medical facility by an 18 year old with no medical license is “perfectly legal” in the State of Florida.

Here, the charges that have been brought against the 18 year old are borne from the fact that an undercover officer entered the clinic and asked for medical treatment for a sore throat. The undercover officer was told that there was no medical doctor on staff and she would have to come back. The undercover officer was told many times that there was no doctor on staff and to make an appointment when the doctor would be in at a later time to see her. But this advice to the law enforcement officer wasn’t followed, she did not take the orders to leave but insisted to do what she came there to do, and that is to have Malachi Love-Robinson led away in handcuffs. Because after all, an 18 year old black kid shouldn’t own much, let alone a medical clinic or doctor’s office so her sights were set on her target!

At no time did 18 year old Malachi Love-Robinson or any other worker at the clinic take any form of payment from the undercover officer. At no time did the undercover officer provide any form of insurance payment. At no time did Malachi Love-Robinson or any other staff members request payment in cash or request payment in any form of insurance from the undercover officer.

Moreover, what the facts show are wholly inconsistent with what any of us know from visiting a clinic or doctor’s office. Because when anyone of us visits a clinic or doctor’s office, the first thing that a patient must do is provide their insurance information and/or make a cash payment to the medical doctor before services are rendered. When was the last time anyone could remember walking into a doctor’s office and being treated without first giving the insurance information or cash payment to the doctor? When was the last time someone went into a doctor’s office and was told there is no doctor on staff, but insisted on having their weight and blood pressure taken with no doctor there? If you are told there is no doctor on staff, the prudent patient leaves and comes back! But not if you are an undercover detective who is trying to make a criminal case against an 18 year old man who’s trying to do the right thing. The right thing of following his dreams by owning a doctor’s clinic, which isn’t illegal for anyone to do, regardless of their educational status, race, creed or sex in the State of Florida!

Lastly, it is not illegal in Florida to have a non-doctor give general advice as to what “they would do” when they feel a certain way. As an example, haven’t you ever talked to friend, family member or even a stranger, who after explaining to you that they may be getting a sore throat, you suggest gargling with salt water or to take an over the counter sore throat remedy to help in healing the problem. Is this general advice illegal, as defined by practicing medicine without a license in the State of Florida? If this general advice of “what I do when I am getting a sore throat” were illegal, then all of us in Florida with be charged with practicing medicine without a license and this is just hogwash!

Stay tuned for updates as they become available in this nationally televised criminal case regarding an 18 year old posing as doctor. And remember, if you or a loved one are charged with a crime in Palm Beach County, Florida do like Malachi Love-Robinson and thousands of other clients have done contact West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine at 561-880-4300. “Hire Stine or Do the Time!”

Click here to see the full story as reported on Inside Edition

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Andrew D. Stine Talks About His Client – Malachi A. Love-Robinson


Teen Who Allegedly Posed As a Doctor Says His Intentions Were Pure

Did an 18-year old West Palm Beach resident practice medicine without a license? That’s the question we plan to discuss today with Andrew D. Stine, the defense attorney defending the young man accused.

West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about what Florida law states with regard to owning a medical clinic and practicing medicine in the state of Florida.



Criminal Law

Can a Judge Overturn a Jury Verdict?

Have you ever wondered if a judge can overturn a guilty verdict, or even a not guilty verdict? The results of former West Palm Beach Firefighter Capt. Rick Curtis’s trial may leave people wondering – is a jury verdict the final word?

DUI Conviction Overturned

According to the Palm Beach Post, Rick Curtis is fighting to get his job back as a firefighter for West Palm Beach now that his DUI conviction has been overturned. The conviction was overturned after Curtis alleged that the judge had an “intimate relationship” with one of Curtis’ adversarial colleagues. Curtis claims he didn’t learn of the relationship until after the trial.

City officials are refusing to let Curtis return to the department and are claiming that the conviction wasn’t the sole reason he was fired. County Court Judge Paul Damico ordered a new trial Wednesday.

Can a Judge Overrule a Jury Verdict?

In any trial, the judge’s decision and opinion has higher authority than anyone else. The fact of the matter is that a judge is an expert on the law and the jury is not. The judge can overturn a guilty verdict and find the defendant not guilty, but not the other way around.

Instead of overturning a guilty verdict, the judge can order a new trial. This is a rare instance that can happen if the judge determines that there was a procedural error or an error with the evidence that was important to the case.

Ultimately, a judge overruling a jury verdict is very rare because jury verdicts are supposed to represent the sentiment of the community.

Criminal Defense

If you are facing charges and fear the results of your trial, you need a criminal defense lawyer on your side. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will know how to file a motion to vacate the conviction if you feel that you have been wrongly convicted based on errors during the trial.

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Adapting to the Recent Changes for Criminal Law

What to look for in a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County. If you’ve been charged with a crime, it is essential that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent your interests. If not, the chances of a successful outcome will be much lower than if you have hired qualified and representation from one of our qualified attorneys at our law offices . The firm focuses exclusively on criminal defense cases and has decades of combined experience in dealing with all types of crimes as well as legal issues surrounding those charges. We know what evidence prosecutors need to bring forth for various felony or misdemeanor offenses so we can build a case against them before they ever get started!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • When hiring any type of lawyer there are some questions that may help guide along the way.
  • Was your cased dismissed or expunged?
  • What is the status of your case?
  • Was it reduced to a lesser charge or dropped entirely?
  • Are you currently on probation, suspension, house arrest or other court-mandated restrictions requiring an attorney’s supervision ?
  • How many years have you been practicing law in Florida and are admitted into with The Florida Bar?


Some people will hire attorneys that are not qualified because they don’t know any better. They might have just seen them on an Instagram Ad. There are some things you should look for when hiring criminal defense lawyers: Attorneys who handle all types of cases including DUI charges, drug crimes, sex crime offenses etc. You want a team that’s going to do everything possible to make sure you get a not guilty verdict or your record cleaned. Another one of the most important qualities to look for in a criminal defense attorney is their record. You can find this by doing some research on Google or Facebook and reading more about them. When you hire an experienced lawyer, your charges will be dismissed more often than not.


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If you need help figuring out how much experience matters, just take note of what court system they practice in (municipal/county/state). Just look up previous cases they’ve handled if there are any available online. You want a team that’s going to do everything possible to make sure you get a not guilty verdict or your record cleaned When you’re looking for a criminal defense attorney, your main goal should be to find someone with the best results in Palm Beach County or West Palm Beach.

You should also try finding out if there are any other attorneys on staff who will help represent you throughout the process. Finally, make sure they offer flat-rate price quotes instead of hourly rates because this means all members of your team will give 100% towards winning your case no matter how long it takes. 

Attorney Andrew D Stine has quite the record. Andrew was named a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers Association and has been listed as one of Florida’s Superlawyers since 2012.

Andrew also holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is their highest rating for legal ability and ethics  That’s the type of reputable lawyer you would want working on your side. However, this is not the only reason why you should choose Andrew D Stine for your criminal defense case. 

Andrew has also received recognition from Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg and former Florida Governor Charlie Christ. No matter how complex or serious the crime charges are in your particular case, chances are that Mr. Stine will be able to defend them successfully with his vast experience , knowledge of the law, commitment to justice, ability to communicate well with others (including judges), problem solving skills under pressure and more than 30 years of practicing law as a criminal defense attorney. 

 For over three decades he’s defended some cases which had nationwide attention such as homicide cases where people were sentenced to death row or life sentence without parole plus other. As a proud member of the American Bar Association, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Federal Bar Association, and Palm Beach Country Bar Association, Andrew D Stine has been recognized as a top criminal defense attorney in the area. First time offenders and those with a spotless record are often left to wonder if they should go through the court system at all. Federal charges can be dismissed but you have to find the right attorney. Andrew D Stine will fight for your rights no matter what the charges are. Having an experienced criminal defense attorney fighting on your side is one less thing that you will need to worry about during this difficult time in your life. Drug charges, violent crimes, DUI, and other charges can be daunting and leave you wondering how to come back from this. You want an attorney who will fight for your rights no matter what charges are brought against you. It is best if the criminal defense lawyer has been fighting these types of cases for a long time, as it shows that they have great experience in defending people facing similar accusations.


Staunch Criminal Defense Advocate in Palm Beach County

Stine has been a strong advocate for the rights of the people of West Palm Beach. He has experience with the local courthouses, judges, and jurisdictions. This ensures that he knows the ins and outs of the Palm Beach County legal system, as well as how to properly defend you. You might be wondering, “What type of cases does Stine handle?” The answer is a lot! He has had his hand in defending clients on everything from driving under influence charges (DUI) to serious violent crimes such as aggravated assault and murder. This diversity sets him apart from many other criminal defense attorneys because it shows he can fight for your rights no matter what situation arises. You want an attorney who treats every case with importance regardless of its severity– not only because it helps build trust but also so they will give 100% during their time representing you.