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If You're Arrested for a Sex Crime in Miami-Dade County, Should You Go to Trial?

One of the biggest decisions made during the court process is whether or not to take a case to trial. The reality is that most cases simply never make it to trial. Most are decided during pre-trial negotiations known as "plea bargains". Taking a case in front of a jury, especially a sex crime case, can be extremely difficult. Sex crimes can be extremely prejudicial to a jury. It may be unwise to risk the serious Sex Offender penalties. As an experienced...

Posted on February 20, 2017 by Jeffrey Feiler
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Jeffrey Feiler Recognized for Impressive Criminal Defense Expertise in Pinecrest Magazine

In October, Miami criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Feiler was recognized by Pinecrest Magazine's Who's Who in Legal feature. After undergoing a thorough interview with the South Florida lifestyle magazine, a few neat tidbits about Jeffrey's extensive legal experience were revealed. 30 Years of Criminal Defense Experience October 2016 hallmarks the 30-year anniversary of Jeffrey Feiler's criminal defense practice. Jeffrey Feiler's educat...

Posted on November 11, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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Learn How Pardons Work in the State of Florida from Jeffrey Feiler, Experienced Miami Criminal La...

I recently appeared in Tallahassee in the State Capital Building before the "Cabinet" consisting of Florida Governor Rick Scott, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, and Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam, who comprise the "Clemency Board" at a proceeding to obtain a Full Pardon for a client with a forty-year old conviction for Aggravated Assault. Restoration of his Civil Rights had already been granted in 2006,...

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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Can Constructive Possession and Multiple Occupants Charges Be a Good Fit for Acquittal? Ask a Mia...

Two men were sitting in a car smoking a joint. Police observed them and arrested them. The lawful search of the car revealed cocaine sitting in plain view on the center console between the driver and passenger. The driver owned the car. The driver was arrested for the cocaine. So was the passenger. This true scenario occurred last year. This illustrates a situation where neither person was in "actual" possession of the Cocaine, but both were presumably...

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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How Does Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Work in Court?

The Florida legislature has created this amazing law which grants complete immunity from prosecution in cases where force is used in self-defense or defense of another person. There is no other criminal law on the books which gives a Judge authority to grant a defendant immunity from prosecution. If the Judge decides at an evidentiary hearing that the accused was justified in his use of even deadly force, the case is effectively dismissed and never goes...

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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Legal Immunity and Speaking with Police: It's Not What You See on TV

The legal term "immunity" is generally used in two situations. The first is "Transactional Immunity", which occurs when a person is promised by the Government or State that they will not be prosecuted, at all, for a particular crime or criminal episode. This type of immunity is very rare (notwithstanding what we see on TV or in movies) and is typically granted to someone involved in a crime or criminal organization and the authorities need their testimo...

Posted on September 02, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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Why Are So Many Red Light Camera Tickets Being Issued in Miami-Dade County?

Red Light Camera Tickets are being issued each day in the many incorporated cities and municipalities located in Miami-Dade County. Many of us are familiar with this phenomenon. We receive a notice in the mail with a photo of a car we were allegedly driving, seemingly crossing over the white stop line after the light had already turned red. We are then given an opportunity to pay a fee to the tune of $153.00. It may not seem as grave as a ticket that a...

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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White Collar Crimes: Little Known Facts About Federal Fraud Prosecutions

Federal Fraud prosecutions have comprised a large percentage of Federal criminal cases during this decade. Mortgage Fraud and Bank Fraud cases were abundant in the Southern District of Florida in the years after 2008 following the real estate boom and crash. Banks were handing out loans with no income verification, which invited fraudulent financial representations. Straw buyers with good credit were frequently used by unsavory characters to purchase ...

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record in the State of Florida (June 2016)

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is the law enforcement agency which determines whether or not a person is eligible to Expunge or Seal their criminal record. See Florida Statute §943.0585 to view the law regarding Expunging and Florida Statute §943.059 regarding the Sealing of Criminal Records. Since a person may legally "deny or fail to acknowledge" their arrest, this is very valuable for many reasons such as employment, college, and o...

Posted on June 08, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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How Do Florida Laws Protect the Elderly, Handicapped, and Children?

Florida laws specifically protect classes of people who are known to have been abused and who are least able to protect themselves, such as the elderly, handicapped, and children. At issue is a recent Florida case where an elderly, wheelchair bound 65-year-old man was allegedly left out in the heat and sun for an extended period of time where he ultimately died. Since I do not know any more facts about this particular case than reported in a news blurb...

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Jeffrey Feiler
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