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Immigration Detentions at the Miami International Airport

Immigration Detentions at the Miami International Airport (MIA) On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive action that will have a significant impact on non-U.S. citizens who are traveling through ports of entry in the United States.  The most common port of entry is the airport. After signing the executive action, many legal permanent [ Read More… ]

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Legal Consequences on Cuban Immigrants After the End of “Wet Foot, Dry Foot”

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On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama ended the United States longstanding policy “wet foot, dry foot” regarding Cuban citizens. “Wet foot, dry foot” was a policy that resulted from a 1995 revision to the Cuban Adjustment Act that allowed for Cuban citizens to obtain legal permanent resident status after a year despite an illegal [ Read More… ]

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How will ICE policy change under Donald Trump?

There were more deportations under the Obama administration than any other U.S. president. Could there be more during the Trump administration? If President Trump’s promises of mass deportations during his campaign are any indication, then that could be a possibility. In the most recent study in 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) estimates that [ Read More… ]

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Audit Reveals Limited Use of Body Cameras by Miami Police

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Photo Credit: Ryan Johnson Highly-publicized incidents involving police officers in recent years have led to a public outcry for more departments to begin having their officers utilize body cameras. Many of us are familiar with the dashboard camera footage that police departments will use to help in the prosecution of alleged offenders accused of driving [ Read More… ]

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Future of Medicinal Marijuana in Florida Again Up to Voters

The video above features Dr. Jeffrey D. Kamlet, M.D., a Miami Beach-based physician and former president of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. The video is a political advertisement paid for by People United for Medical Marijuana, a Florida-based political action committee (PAC) seeking to legalize medical marijuana. Voters will again have the opportunity to [ Read More… ]

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What Happens if I was Arrested and the Officer Never Read Miranda?

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As a criminal defense attorney in Miami, FL, clients often come into my office during the initial consultation and tell me that after the arrest the officer never read them the Miranda warnings. For most people, their only experience with Miranda warnings is what they see at the movies or on television. In the movies, [ Read More… ]

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Negative Consequences of the Pre-Trial Intervention Program and Pre-Trial Diversion Program on Non-U.S. Citizens

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So, you have just been arrested for the first time.  You go to court.  You are advised that you are eligible for a diversion program offered to first-time offenders that will result in a dismissal of your charges.  No big deal right?  You do a few months of probation, pay a few hundred dollars, complete [ Read More… ]

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Supreme Court Blocks President Obama’s Immigration Reform (DAPA and DACA)

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On Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in a 4-4 decision the United States Supreme Court effectively blocked the deferred action immigration reform, commonly referred to as DACA and DAPA. According to reports the deferred action programs would have allowed an estimated 4 million undocumented individuals reside and work legally in the United States. What is Deferred [ Read More… ]

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Right to an Attorney in Miami, FL

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So, you are being questioned by the police? Do you need an attorney? Do you have the right to an attorney? What should you do? The right to an attorney is controlled by the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. The Fifth Amendment states: “No person shall be held to [ Read More… ]

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Reviewing Your Scoresheet In Your Criminal Case

Did the prosecutor in your case just tell the judge that you “score out” to prison time? Are you wondering how they got to that number?  Prosecutors use “criminal punishment scoresheets” to calculate the number of months of prison time.  They add the points from your primary offense level, additional offense levels, victim injuries, prior record, legal [ Read More… ]

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