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Category Archives: Criminal


Grand Theft: Understand the Charges and Penalties

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

In Florida, the law distinctively distinguishes between grand theft and petty theft. The distinction mainly puts into consideration the value of the stolen property. However, stealing some sensitive property such as emergency medical equipment or law enforcement equipment is grand theft even when the property’s monetary value is not high. This article discusses some… Read More »


The Legal Consequences for Leaving the Scene of an Accident in Florida

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

It is unlawful for a driver to leave the scene of an accident without executing their legally mandated duties. Nonetheless, according to the FLHSMV, close to 25% of all Florida accidents involve hit and run even though. Law enforcers generally assume several things when a driver flees from the scene of an accident. Many… Read More »


Penalties for a DUI in Florida

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Under Florida law, “driving under the influence” of alcohol or other chemical or controlled substances is a criminal offense. It is evidenced by the individual’s impairment of normal faculties or by the presence of alcohol in breath or blood higher than legally permitted. DUIs receive fines of varying amounts. The court also may also… Read More »


Presenting Yourself in Court as a Defendant

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

First impressions matter. Presentation counts. Books are judged by their covers. As a criminal defendant in the court system, you will be judged as well by your presentation and how you appear. While this may not seem fair or equitable, it is the truth. Wrong impressions by defendants towards juries can change lives. If… Read More »


Do K-9 Alerts Give Free Reign?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Police are allowed to search your vehicle only in certain situations.  The law allows police to search an arrested person’s vehicle without a warrant “only if the arrestee is within reaching distance of the passenger compartment at the time of the search or it is reasonable to believe the vehicle contains evidence of the… Read More »


Serial Assaulter Arrested at Fort Lauderdale Beach

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

The same day that Fort Lauderdale Beach reopened, police were flooded with calls reporting a man assaulting women on the beach in broad daylight. Drake Kelley of Oakland Park was eventually apprehended after physically assaulting at least four women who had been walking or exercising separately on or near the beach. One of the… Read More »


Pros and Cons of the Insanity Defense

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

If you or someone you love was accused and charged with a crime in the state of Florida, you may wonder about using the insanity defense. This defense is often used dramatically on television, however, this very serious legal defense actually can be used to allow a defendant to admit to the commission of… Read More »


Life After Your DUI Conviction

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

If you were arrested or charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), you should contact an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to help you build your case and help you attempt to dismiss your case, or at a minimum reduce your charges. However, if you were already convicted… Read More »


Your DUI Case and Field Sobriety Tests

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Florida are serious and the penalties are severe. Along with jail time, suspension of your driver’s license, and harsh fines, a DUI can remain on your permanent record throughout your life.  If you, a friend, or a family member were arrested or charged with a DUI, contact… Read More »


Your Right to Remain Silent

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

You have the right to remain silent.  This commonly known expression is actually a serious legal right you have under the Constitution of the United States. If you were arrested or charged with any criminal offense, you have the right to remain silent. The right to remain silent preserves your ability to prevent self-incrimination…. Read More »

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