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  • Pain Clinics or Pill Mills? Ft. Lauderdale Criminal Lawyer Explains A multi-law enforcement agency raid of the Pompano Beach Medical Corp landed seven doctors in jail for drug trafficking. But criminal trial law expert and healthcare fraud attorney Robert David Malove says not all pain clinics are criminal enterprises.Seven doctors were among those arrested in a raid on an area pain clinic Thursday, as a...
  • Is Arresting a Pastor for Helping the Homeless the Right Answer? As the plight of homelessness increases, tolerance for the down-and-out is decreasing, or so it seems at least in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Recently, Broward County Judge John Hurley made more noise with his rulings and opinions than any courtroom gavel ever could. When Michael Cocherns appeared before Judge Hurley for yet another panhandling offense, it...
  • Broward Cops Must Pay $7M To Man They Framed and Wrongfully Convicted Two former Broward Sheriff deputies should pay a man $7 million for framing him in a brutal rape and murder, a jury said. After a five-week trial in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, jurors returned a verdict unanimously finding that former policer officers William Mantesta and George Pierson framed Anthony Caravella, a mentally challenged 15...
  • FDLE DUI Breath Alcohol Testing Director Resigns FORT LAUDERDALE, Fl. (April 6)  —  A scathing report that Florida Department of Law Enforcement manager Laura Barfield used her state-issued car to carry on an affair and charged thousands in personal expenses to her state credit card has led to her resignation.Barfield was the head of Florida’s alcohol-testing program and an expert witness in...
  • Hit and Run Law Changes Results in Charges Dismissed In 2013, Yellow Cab driver, Michael Brandt was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality regarding the death of Bernard Williams, 62, who, according to reports, was laying intoxicated in a southbound lane of South Federal Highway in Dania Beach.  On April 15, the case was dismissed and Brandt’s lawyer, criminal...
  • Driving Wile Texting 6 Times More Dangerous than DUI According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving is six times more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.  NHTSA reports that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which is the same as — when traveling at 55...
  • NTSB Plan to Lower BAC Legal Limit On May 14, the National Transportation Safety Board  recommended that the states reduce the legal limit for blood-alcohol concentration in DUI cases by more than a third, from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. The NTSB voted for a number of other recommendations, including a requirement that anyone convicted of driving drunk be required to install an...
  • Stay Ahead of Changing Laws in Healthcare Fraud The nationwide Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) was established in 1996 by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The program is the result of a joint effort between several major law enforcement bodies–the Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Together these two agencies jointly...
  • Traffic Fatalities Up in 2012. Alcohol Not to Blame After six consecutive years of declining fatalities on our nation’s highways, the National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that motor vehicle crashes and fatalities increased in 2012. The nation lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways during 2012, compared to 32,479 in 2011.Over the last two years most fatal motor vehicle accidents have...
  • Changes to Florida Evidence Code Affects Expert Testimony in DUI Cases As of July 1, 2013, Florida law changed regarding the admissibility of expert testimony.  Prior to the law change, Florida was one of eight states following the old Frye standard.  Frye focused on whether the underlying scientific principles were sufficiently established and whether they had gained general acceptance in the scientific community.Florida’s new law is found in section 90.702 which was amended...
  • Supreme Court Rules Dog Sniff Case Smells Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Florida v. Jardines, a case involving police use of a drug-sniffing dog on the front porch of a home to detect marijuana growing inside. The Court held that “the government’s use of trained police dogs to investigate the home and its immediate surroundings is a ‘search’ within...
  • Why I Chose To Be A Criminal Defense Lawyer As a criminal defense attorney you hear this question a lot and it’s a hard one to answer. Most people expect a very legal-sounding response. One that goes something like this: I defend people because without good, competent defense the constitution has no value. If people are charged with crimes and we don’t have a...