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The Independent Act: Co-Defendants Can Be Arrested, Charged and Convicted

In the State of Florida, co-defendants can be arrested, charged and convicted for the actions of their cohorts; even if one co-defendant knew of the elements of the criminal enterprise, but did not actually commit the crime itself. But isn’t it a defense in Florida to argue that the co-defendant who did not “know” of the plan to further the criminal episode is in fact protected by Florida’s “independent act doctrine.” The answer is yes, and more importantly was just written about extensively in an opinion from the 4th District Courts of Appeals that overturned Palm Beach Circuit Judge Stephen A. Rapp’s decision that condemn a woman for life. At the onset, there is nothing nice or good to say about Judge Rapp and in fact he has caused the… […]

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Representing Yourself Or Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

Representing Yourself Or Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney

“In propria persona, pro se = Latin; in one’s own person, on one’s own behalf. “ Being arrested for a crime cannot be taken lightly. Even though people have a right to represent themselves in court, choosing to do so is rarely advisable.  There are certain requirements that a person must meet in order to represent himself or herself. He who represents himself as his lawyer has a fool for a client. Never navigate the waters by yourself; have an experienced captain at the helm. 1. You will be faced with a qualified and competent Assistant State Attorney, the prosecutor, who will challenge you in court and not spare you. The Assistant State Attorney may choose to be especially ruthless as winning is everything in the courtroom and the smell… […]

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