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The Role of Police Body Cam Footage in a Florida Criminal Case

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Video has always been an important form of proof in a criminal case, but footage was not as readily available in the past as it is now in the cell phone age. As the technology enables them to be smaller, more efficient, and reasonably priced, body cams are increasingly standard issue for law enforcement… Read More »

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Can I Get a DUI for Boating in Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, alcohol is a leading contributor to both fatal boating accidents, at around 22 percent of deadly incidents being linked to drinking. Law enforcement and prosecutors will aggressively pursue criminal charges were applicable due to the extreme safety risks of boating under the influence (BUI), including:… Read More »

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What Prosecutors Look at When Reducing a DUI to Wet Reckless

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Florida, you may qualify to resolve the charges by entering a plea known as “wet reckless.” Basically, even though there is evidence that you were drunk driving, you would work out an agreement with the prosecutor to admit that you were reckless… Read More »

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Comparing Assault and Battery to Florida Domestic Violence Charges

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

There is no question that legal terminology can be complex and confusing, and this is definitely true about Florida criminal laws on assault, battery, and related offenses. There are multiple sections for different crimes, and the provisions offer no explanation as to how they impact domestic violence offenses. When you do not have a… Read More »

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Harsh Penalties for Violating Pretrial Release Conditions in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Being arrested is just the first stage of a criminal process that can take some time, which is why you will seek to be free and get back to your daily routine until your trial date. Fortunately, Florida’s statute on pretrial release provides that you can be out of police custody by posting a… Read More »

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What Happens if I’m Classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender in Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Driving is a privilege that many Floridians enjoy, but it is important to remember that it is just that. You have no right to drive, so officials can suspend or revoke your license for various reasons. One basis for taking away your driving privileges is if you gain status as a Florida habitual traffic… Read More »

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5 Things to Know About Sex Assault Charges in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

While they may make up a relatively small percentage of all crimes, sex offenses can lead to some of the most severe penalties if convicted. According to the Florida Department of Corrections Annual Report 2018-2019, the average time of incarceration for the 1,492 individuals convicted of certain sex crimes is 6.4 years. This figure… Read More »

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Top Government Fraud Crimes of 2020

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Few would argue that 2020 has been a typical, run-of-the mill year in Florida, throughout the US, and across the globe. From the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest to Tropical Storm Isaias and it being a presidential election year, most people would admit that they have been affected in some way by events in… Read More »

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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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