Criminal Defense Archives | Farah & Farah
One of the gun safety measures the executive order pushes for is an enabling of mental health providers to disclose information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS). Read the rest »
In Florida, theft is a blanket term that can cover a number of different crimes such as stealing, larceny and any other offense involving the unauthorized taking of another person’s property. Depending on the value of the property involved, the consequences for a conviction can be quite severe. You can face years in prison for grand theft and even a petty theft conviction can have a lasting negative impact on your finances and career.
If you are facing theft charges in Jacksonville, it is important for you to act quickly to build a case. Just because you have been arrested does not mean that you will be convicted. You have the right to negotiate for reduced penalties or even to fight the charges. Therefore, it is advisable to refuse to answer any questions without an attorney present and to discuss your possible defenses with an attorney before making any legal decisions. Read the rest »
A now 25-year-old Jacksonville man has been arrested on several serious criminal charges more than two years after being involved in a fatal car crash. According to a Florida Times-Union news report, the fatal Jacksonville car accident occurred on Interstate 295 at San Jose Boulevard during the early morning hours of December 10, 2012. His vehicle struck a guardrail and flipped over. None of the four occupants was wearing a seat belt and one of the passengers died a couple days later from his injuries. The Jacksonville driver now faces charges for vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious injury and DUI with damage and driving with a suspended license. Read the rest »
A 32-year-old Gainesville man has been arrested on suspicion of stalking a woman who he dated three years ago. According to a news report in The Gainesville Sun, he was jailed after allegedly smashing a window at the home of an ex-girlfriend.
Officials say he left flowers at the home of a woman he used to date and when she didn’t respond he began sending her texts and phone calls. He then allegedly visited the home again, tore a screen door from its hinges, returned again with a new screen door and then shattered the glass with his fist. Read the rest »
The consequences of being convicted of a felony in Florida are severe. If you have been charged with a felony, you are facing time in prison, a heavy fine, parole and a mark on your record that can adversely affect every aspect of your life. A felony record can affect your ability to get a job, to finish school and even obtain a car or home loan. These types of cases must be fought head-on with the strongest possible defense.
First, it helps to understand the type of charges you are facing. All felony convictions in Florida are punishable by more than a year of imprisonment, but there are degrees of felonies: Read the rest »
No Florida drivers are safe from harsh punishments when it comes to drunk driving. In one ongoing case, a Broward Circuit Judge is facing a suspension from her job and a $5,000 fine because of her recent DUI conviction. According to a news report in The Sun-Sentinel, Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission recommends that she keep her job after an unpaid 20-day suspension. She also must go through an alcohol treatment program and take an evaluation upon completion of her treatment. It is now up to the Florida Supreme Court to accept or deny the recommendations. Read the rest »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents stopped two boats that were allegedly carrying $74 million worth of illegal drugs. According to Jacksonville Business Journal, one boat was stopped by Costa Rican law enforcement on January 18, 2015 and another boat was seized on January 20, 2015 by authorities based in Jacksonville. In the first drug bust, five crew members were detained and 1,313 pounds of marijuana was recovered. In the second arrest, an unknown number of smugglers were arrested and over 950 pounds of cocaine were seized.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection crews based in Jacksonville, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas had a busy year last year as well. They conducted 135 interdictions resulting in the seizure of 125,000 pounds of cocaine valued at more than $9 billion. Read the rest »
A 33-year-old Gainesville woman is facing multiple criminal charges, including robbery and aggravated battery, after allegedly grabbing cash from a store. According to The Gainesville Sun, the incident occurred at the Chevron on University Avenue in Gainesville. The clerks say the woman went into the employee area and grabbed cash that was set aside to make a deposit. When the clerks attempted to detain her, she allegedly pushed them away and threw punches. A detective arrived and detained her. She now faces charges for resisting merchant detainment, aggravated battery on a pregnant woman and robbery.
Under Florida law, robbery is the unlawful taking of property without consent. Every robbery case is different, but in general, the prosecution must establish that: Read the rest »
On Wednesday, December 10 at 6:30 a.m. a Jacksonville teenager was shot to death waiting for the school bus that would have taken him to Raines High School. The victim, a 16-year-old boy was killed on Canal Street in the Grand Park neighborhood, where neighbors heard as many as 15 shots fired. The boy’s classmates were sent fleeing for cover from the multiple shots.
Currently, the authorities have not identified a motive for the shooting. The community is reeling after the brazen attack as this marks the 11th killing of a juvenile after a rash of homicides in Jacksonville this year. Read the rest »