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Monthly Archives: August 2020

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How Do Affirmative Defenses Work in a Florida Criminal Case?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

You are probably familiar with the phrases “proof beyond a reasonable doubt” and “innocent until proven guilty,” both of which refer to the burden of proof in a criminal case. The terminology derives from the due process clause in the Declaration of Rights in the Florida Constitution, modeled after the Fifth Amendment to the… Read More »

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What are Sentencing Enhancements in Florida Criminal Cases?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

As part of their efforts to crack down on certain offenders, Florida lawmakers have established a system of sentencing enhancements that impose stiffer penalties, mandatory minimum prison terms, or both. For repeat offenders convicted for designated crimes, Florida’s statute on enhancements can double or triple the amount of prison time, potentially even leading to… Read More »

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Obstruction of Justice Charges in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

There are many different kinds of acts that you may be surprised are criminal under Florida law, since they do not involve property crimes or offenses against other individuals – at least not directly. However, there is an entire body of laws under Florida’s obstructing justice statute that criminalize a wide array of actions…. Read More »

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How Digital Evidence Affects a Florida Child Porn Case

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Criminal charges involving Florida’s child pornography laws have always been serious, carrying long prison terms, sex offender registration requirements, and other punishment for a conviction. However, in recent years, the criminal justice community has modified their strategies for pursuing criminal investigations, making arrests, and prosecuting the case. These days, child porn cases are more… Read More »

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Should I Request a Formal Review Hearing for a Florida DUI?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When you are arrested for drunk driving in Florida, law enforcement will immediately confiscate your driver’s license, issue a 10-day temporary driving permit, and forward all arrest information to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). In most cases, the DHSMV will then send you a notice regarding the suspension of your… Read More »

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What is the Difference Between Jail and Prison in Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) oversees a total of 143 facilities throughout the state, including prisons, major institutions, private correctional centers, work camps, and many others. However, this number excludes jails, which are operated by county officials. When learning this information, you probably have the same question as many other people – whether… Read More »

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Dos and Don’ts in Court Before You Retain a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

After you were arrested and detained in a criminal case, Florida’s Criminal Procedure Rules require that you be taken before the court within 24 hours. There are multiple proceedings that occur at this first appearance, such as: The judge will read the official charges; You will receive a copy of relevant documents; The judge… Read More »

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The Role of Social Media in a Florida Criminal Case

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

As social media has found its way into personal and professional lives, posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms have also become a hot topic in criminal trials. A research report on Law Enforcement Use of Social Media Survey reveals the extent of online content being used in various phases throughout the criminal… Read More »

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