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Miami-Dade Police Officer Sentenced for Road Rage Incident

Last year, Miami-Dade Police Office, Jonathan Lang was arrested from firing shots at a Corrections Officer's, Georgina Illa, vehicle. The incident left a bullet hole in the car and happened after Illa cut him off when they were on Florida's Turnpike in July 2014.

Dalia Dippolito's Criminal Defense Attorneys to Argue Police Misconduct

Dalia Dippolito's criminal defense attorneys will continue to argue police misconduct for the forthcoming the third trial for the allegations of trying to hire a hit-man to kill her then-husband, Michael Dippolito in 2009. The tactic used during the second trial was also police misconduct, causing a hung jury. Of six jurors, three were persuaded enough to cause a mistrial.

South Florida Appeals Court Rules Cell Phone Evidence Required a Warrant

In 2014, through a unanimous decision, The United States Supreme Court ruled that a search warrant must be obtained prior to engaging in the contents of a cellular phone. This decision helped start an update to outdated privacy rules, specific for technology, which the court said falls under the protection of privacy under the Fourth Amendment. One exception to this rule would be a major security threat. Recently, this ruling was cited in a South Florida appellate case in which a cell phone-that was unlocked by police-could be used as evidence.

Drug Dealer Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Selling Drug That Led to Fatal Overdose

In a controversial decision, Christopher Sharod Massena was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years in a federal prison for supplying a drug called fentanyl to Christian Hernandez who died as a result of an overdose of the drug. The controversy surrounds not just the verdict, but also the judge's ruling to not allow the defense's argument into the courtroom.

Defense team for Miami man who hid $22.6 million cash in Home Depot buckets appealing transport to federal facility

Back in June, Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez was arrested in Miami Lakes on money laundering and marijuana trafficking charges. Investigators recorded Hernandez-Gonzalez on a phone call via a wiretap with marijuana growers from Miami who were arrested in Tennessee. He allegedly gave the individuals marijuana growing advice during the phone call. The conversation led investigators to his home where they found $22 million hidden in Home Depot buckets.

Smugglers Arrested for Shipping Ammunition and Guns Hidden in Empty Vehicle Batteries

When it comes to smuggling illegal items into, or out of, the United States, smugglers can get pretty creative. Such is the case with a shipment from Maracaibo, Venezuela, which was seized by custom agents at Miami International Airport this past April.

Blood Alcohol Case to Be Heard by the Florida Supreme Court

In 2010 John Goodman, founder of International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, was convicted of the DUI manslaughter of a University of Central Florida student named Scott Patrick Wilson. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison upon conviction, but has filed to have his case appealed based on the evidence of his blood alcohol level.

3 Things to Know About Your Fourth Amendment Search and Seizure Rights

In criminal cases defense attorneys are charged with protecting the rights of their clients. Among those rights is the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects, among other things, against unlawful search and seizures.

Can Facebook Live Video be used as Evidence in Criminal Court?

The scope of social media is reaching further and further as more ways to communicate are introduced. One of the most popular features of late is live video. From Facebook Live to Periscope, live broadcasting is becoming the new normal. And because every user has access to it, anyone can now broadcast his or her own live event in a matter of seconds.

Miami Developer Pleads Guilty to Housing Fraud

Cases of fraud are always unnerving as it usually includes an individual accruing large sums of money at the expense of other individuals. In a recent case of housing fraud, a developer by the name of Lloyd Boggio was charged with multimillion dollar fraud in Miami that impacted low-income families. Rather than face a jury of his peers, Boggio pled guilty in his case.

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