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Recent Court Case Clarifies Probation Violations in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

In some Florida criminal cases, a judge will issue an order for probation in lieu of jail time or sentence the defendant to probation after a period of incarceration. For many individuals, probation is a key benefit. You have significantly more freedoms compared to serving or continuing your sentence in prison, so it is… Read More »

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Is it a Crime to Drive Without Auto Insurance in Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

All US states require motorists to carry auto insurance to cover the losses of car accident victims, and Florida’s statute on insurance and proof of insurance covers the details. If you are pulled over by police and do not have the proper coverage and/or documentation, you could suffer the consequences. There are consequences for… Read More »

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Think About 5 Factors Before You Plead Guilty to Florida Criminal Charges

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

When you have been arrested on criminal charges in Florida, it is wise to consider all potential outcomes to the case. Unless there are technical grounds or other reasons for a dismissal, you could go to trial before a judge or jury. If found guilty, you could be facing jail time, fines, and other… Read More »

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How Florida’s Rape Shield Law Affects Sex Crimes Cases

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you were arrested for a sex crime in Florida, you probably assume you can present any and all evidence at trial to defend yourself. Much of the information you want to show in court may be intended to refute the accuser’s allegations and cast doubt upon his or her claims. For the most… Read More »

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DeSantis Proposing to Expand “Stand Your Ground” in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which serves as a self-defense claim to murder charges, has been the focus of controversy for decades. However, Gov. Ron DeSantis renewed the debate by announcing a series of proposals that would expand the statute in response to the riots, looting, and incidents of civil unrest across the US… Read More »

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How Can Hearsay Affect a Florida Criminal Case?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

You have probably seen how hearsay works in courtroom dramas on TV or in movies; though what you saw was a fictional account, you have a general understanding of how the rule works. Under the Florida Evidence Code, hearsay is statement or conduct by a person meant as a form of communication. A witness… Read More »

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What Does “Intent” Mean in a Florida Criminal Case?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

If you have been arrested for committing a crime in Florida, you probably assume that the prosecuting attorney will focus on the specific acts that constitute a violation of the law. You do not expect that your state of mind could play an important role in your case, so it may come as a… Read More »

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4 Types of Evidence That Can Make or Break a Florida DUI Case

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Under Florida’s statute on driving under the influence of alcohol, there are two scenarios in which you could be convicted for drunk driving: Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was in excess of .08 percent as determined by a chemical test; or, You were intoxicated by alcohol to the extent that your normal capabilities were… Read More »

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Your Guide to Handling Encounters with Florida Police

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

In general, there are three types of encounters where you may need to interact with police: Officers approach you in public; They seek you out in a private place like your home or business; or, Police stop you while in a car. While you may not realize it, you do have civil rights that… Read More »

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Answers to Your Questions About Florida’s Implied Consent Statute

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

It is well-known to most Florida motorists that the penalties for drunk driving are severe, but you may not be as familiar with a crime closely associated with state DUI laws: Violation of Florida’s implied consent statute. Often termed a scenario of “refusal to blow,” you could face serious criminal charges for not complying… Read More »

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