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Chain of Custody in Florida Criminal Cases

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When you’ve been arrested on criminal charges, you may not think too much about the path that incriminating evidence takes from the scene of the crime to the courtroom. However, this “chain of custody” is an extremely crucial factor in a criminal case. The basis of the concept comes from the Florida Evidence Code,… Read More »

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List of Florida Gun Crimes & Penalties

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you were arrested for a gun crime, you probably already have a general idea of the serious nature of the charges. However, the specifics are far more complex. Florida has an entire chapter of the criminal code dedicated to “Weapons and Firearms,” which incorporates definitions on unlawful possession, illegal use, and similar offenses…. Read More »

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Grace Period is Over: Police Will Be Enforcing Florida’s Hands-Free Law

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The news regarding Florida’s new hands-free statute made headlines when it went into effect last July, since it made many changes to how motorists can interact with the phones and other electronic devices while driving. However, many people weren’t aware that several law enforcement departments in the state were granting drivers a grace period… Read More »

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Your Rights in a Stop and Frisk by Florida Police

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When you’re strolling down Las Olas Boulevard, the River Front, and other busy streets around Fort Lauderdale, you probably don’t expect to be stopped by police – until it happens to you. One minute you’re minding your own business, and the next you’re subjected to questioning and a pat down of your person. The… Read More »

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What’s the Difference Between Bench and Jury Criminal Trials in Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Your life is turned upside down when you’ve been arrested on Florida criminal charges, to the point where you may not even think about the details involved with the process. One issue that may come up is whether your case will proceed through as a bench versus jury trial, terminology that refers to who… Read More »

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Florida Laws on Drug Trafficking v. Intent to Distribute

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Though many people mistakenly assume that drug trafficking and possession of drugs with intent to sell involve the same or similar charges, Florida law draws a clear distinction between the two. Not only is the difference key to what prosecutors need to prove to support a conviction, but it’s also critical when it comes… Read More »

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FAQs About Florida Police Searches in Your Absence

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you live in an apartment, condo, or other arrangement where you share residential space with others, you definitely place a certain amount of trust with these individuals. You’d never be OK with a roommate who steals, ruins your things, or threatens your loved ones. However, there’s a scenario you’d probably never even consider… Read More »

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5 Quick Facts About Rolling Retests and Your Florida IID

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you’ve been convicted for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida, there are some scenarios in which you might be ordered to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on your vehicle. A judge may require an IID for your first drunk driving conviction, but it may also be a factor for subsequent DUIs… Read More »

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Pitfalls and Precautions on Going Pro Se in a Florida Criminal Case

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When you’ve been charged with a crime in Florida and are considering your options for legal representation, you may be tempted to go pro se – represent yourself – during various stages of your case. Since the enactment of the Judiciary Act of 1789, individuals have had the constitutional right to handle their own… Read More »

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Do I Need to Hire My Own Attorney to Fight Embezzlement Charges?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When you hear the term embezzlement, you may think of an offense that only applies to high-powered corporate executives and stockbrokers on Wall Street. While it is considered a white collar crime, this particular form of misconduct is far more complicated than typical fraud charges. Plus, because of its unique characteristics, you can run… Read More »

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