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Florida Criminal Sentencing and Departures

Florida Criminal Sentencing and Departures

Under Florida law the sentencing guidelines and laws are in place to provide uniformity of sentence. This uniformity was born out when political activists argued that certain races in Florida were being treated differently under the previous criminal sentencing scheme, because of race or skin color. Basically, black activists argued for “Florida Sentencing Guidelines” that would provide equal sentences for all races of people, touting what they believed was disparaging sentences that blacks faced for crack cocaine possession versus whites for powder cocaine possession. Since the sentencing guidelines have been enacted in Florida, at the behest of the activists, sentencing judges have a very difficult time meting out a sentence below the guidelines. Experienced criminal defense attorneys have crafted ways to persuade trial judges to go below the guidelines, but… […]

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Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

Why You Need to Carefully Choose Your Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are faced with criminal charges, make sure you have a criminal defense lawyer you can trust. In the case of a major mortgage-fraud trial of a former Plantation police officer and his brother, defense attorney Michael D. Walsh has apparently abandoned his defendant. A runaway criminal defense lawyer? According to the Palm Beach Post, a federal judge Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for defense attorney Walsh after he failed to show up for the start of the trial. He was supposed to represent Joseph Guaracino, the main defendant in the case, in Fort Lauderdale federal court on Monday. He also failed to show up for a “show case” hearing Tuesday morning on why he should not be held in contempt of court for failing to appear. The mortgage-fraud… […]

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