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Category Archives: Criminal Defense Advice

Extradition

Man Arrested on Extradition Warrant in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A small community in South Carolina is rejoicing after a man was arrested in Miami in connection with a decades-old murder case. In 1996, the accused stabbed his ex-wife 18 times in the chest during a domestic dispute. He then fled to Florida and managed to evade police for 20 years, until he was… Read More »

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Police Seek Suspect in South Florida Carjacking

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A man became the victim of a carjacking in Fort Myers, Florida on January 11, 2017, reported WINK News a few hours after the incident. He was outside his car at a gas station when he was approached by the perpetrator, who held him at gunpoint and demanded the keys. The victim turned over… Read More »

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Dylann Roof Will Represent Himself at Trial: 5 Reasons It’s a Mistake

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

November 28, 2016 marked a new development in the trial of Dylann Roof, the man charged with murdering nine people after opening fire at a Charleston church shooting in June 2015: According to a CNN report, a judge has allowed Roof to represent himself throughout his criminal trial, scheduled to begin in January 2017…. Read More »

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Florida’s Mandatory Minimum Sentencing Laws

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Many organizations have argued for reform of Florida’s 10-20-Life mandatory minimum law, which severely punishes offenders convicted of certain crimes. Florida Watchdog is one group that recently reported on the law, arguing that the one-size-fits all approach to sentencing criminals is unfair and extreme in cases that don’t warrant such treatment. However, unless and… Read More »

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What May Be Grounds for a New Trial in Florida?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Two recent criminal cases recently made headlines in Florida, but not because of the extreme or controversial nature of the crimes. Courts in two different counties granted new trials for: Jim Duncan, who had been previously sentenced to 70 years in prison, as reported by CNN; and, Jacob John Dougan, Jr., who has already… Read More »

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How Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Use Pre-Trial Motions to Protect Your Rights

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The lawyer for a criminal defendant in a Florida homicide case gained a major victory for his client, the Naples News reported recently. Through successful pre-trial motion practice, the attorney was able to obtain a copy of a surveillance video that captured the crime at a convenience store in Punta Gorda. Prosecutors had been… Read More »

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A Social Media Threat May Be an Internet Crime in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Facebook is a popular social media platform for sharing content and connecting with friends, but a man who used the site to make threats was recently arrested for his posts. According to a report on 7 News Miami, the man posted questionable material indicating that he intended to resort to violence against the gay… Read More »

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New Studies Suggest that Raising Minimum Wage to $12 Could Decrease Rate of Crime by 3 to 5 percent (250,000 to 510,000 crimes)

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

For many researchers, sociologists, and criminal justice reform advocates, the question on many of their minds is the exact root of criminal behavior and activity. In other words, what makes people act criminally? Though there is never just one reason for why someone acts the way they do, there is a hope that by… Read More »

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The History and Importance of Mandatory Prison Sentences in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Mandatory prison sentences were put into place to provide guidelines to the criminal justice system regarding the appropriate sentence range that would fit certain offenses and felonies. Consistency, in our criminal justice system, is equated with fairness, enforcing the ethos that when a person commits a crime, no matter who they are and what… Read More »

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Mug Shots: Government Transparency or Public Shaming?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Florida has a long-standing tradition, since 1909, to make sure that all government business is laid bare to the constituents. This means that for more than 100 years, Florida has made available all records, which includes images and videos, to the public barring a few tailored exceptions. The understanding is that all business is… Read More »

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