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South Florida Woman Faces Weapons Charges After Child Shot

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Poor judgment and need for a nap abruptly turned into criminal charges for a South Florida woman whose lapse in caretaking led to a 7-year-old boy being shot by his sibling. South Florida’s NBC News Channel 2 covered the story, in which officers were dispatched to a residence at 2 a.m. and found a… Read More »

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Is Workers’ Comp Fraud A White Collar Crime In Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you are looking for a simple Yes or No to the question, you may not get a firm answer on whether workers’ compensation fraud is a white collar crime under Florida law. This is because there is no mention of “white collar” in the relevant state statute; the term is an umbrella expression… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between Rape, Sexual Assault, And Sexual Battery In Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

To start, you should note that the question itself is quite misleading and much of the confusion stems from terminology. There is only one statute that covers unlawful sexual conduct of a nonconsensual nature, i.e., what you commonly associate with rape: The Florida statute on sexual battery. When you review the specific acts that… Read More »

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How Alcohol Affects Your Body And Florida DUI Cases

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Motorists are well-aware that Florida drunk driving laws are tough, but you may not fully understand the reasons for such harsh treatment. Put simply, officials discovered decades ago that consuming high amounts of alcohol can have extreme effects on the human body. A driver becomes dangerous to others after a few drinks, so Florida’s… Read More »

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Strategies For Reducing Murder Charges In Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Even though murder is one of the most serious crimes in Florida, punishable by life in prison or possibly the death sentence, statistics reveal that arrests for this offense are not exactly rare. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), more than 780 people are charged with various forms of homicide statewide… Read More »

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Florida Takes A Hardline Stance On “Swatting” And False Reports Of Crime

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

For anyone that has ever been falsely accused of criminal activity, it should come as welcome news that the Florida House of Representatives recently passed a measure that would stiffen sanctions for misconduct. HB 371 was enacted in the wake of two disturbing cases: A false report of a hostage situation led police to… Read More »

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5 Reasons You Never Speak to Police Without a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

In any encounter with police, the best strategy is cooperating with officers’ instructions and complying with two key words: Keep quiet. The primary reason for not making any statements or answering questions is that you disregard your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination by allowing police to get information from you. Everything you say could… Read More »

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What Is The Difference Between Part I And Part II Crimes In Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The best way to explain this method of classifying crimes is to describe what it is NOT: The terminology behind Part I and Part II offenses does not create a distinction like felony or misdemeanor, and the concepts do not dictate the punishment for a conviction. Instead, the descriptions are how the Federal Bureau… Read More »

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Four Strange Ways To Get A DUI In South Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

There are the Florida DUI roadside stops that you expect: If you are speeding and erratically changing lanes, then blow through a stop sign while chugging a bottle of booze, police WILL pull you over. However, there are many other legal details contained within the language of Florida’s statute on drunk driving, and many… Read More »

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What Is Florida’s “Romeo And Juliet” Law?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Sex crimes involving children are treated very seriously under Florida law, with most being felonies punishable by years’ long imprisonment terms and fines. Plus, there is the collateral consequence that extends well after a criminal sentence: The requirement to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator. However, Florida and many other US states… Read More »

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