Bond Set for Jesus Mendez at $250,000 in Michael Brewer Case

January 9th, 2010

Broward Circuit Court Judge Dale Cohen has effectively denied bond for Jesus Mendez by setting bond for the 16 year old at $250,000 who is charged with attempted second degree murder for allegedly participating in the group that lit Michael Brewer on fire. So many issues are at play in this case but by setting bond at such an unattainable number Mendez will sit in jail during the pendency of this trial.  He will sit in jail even though he is presumed innocent of these charges, even though Florida law demands monetary bond be reasonable and even though Mendez is a juvenile at only 16 years old!

The setting of such a high bond for a family that clearly cannot meet it makes one wonder how the judge came at such a ridiculous number.  Maybe he should have asked to hold Mendez passport too in case he decided to flee to his families summer cottage in the Mediterranean (joke).  The Criminal Law Group has successfully litigated pretrial release where our client has been held on a ‘non-bondable’ offense.  We have been successful at reducing ridiculously high bonds like the one in the Mendez case as well.  If you are in jail, our first goal as your attorney is to get you out of jail so that you can get back your liberty.  Remember you have rights and the police can be wrong!  The Criminal Law Group will protect those rights!

Yuby Ramirez life sentence upheld

January 8th, 2010

Yuby Ramirez who once ran the inner drug circles of legendary local drug lords Sal Magluta and Willie Falcon lost her appeal for a new trial or for a reduction in sentence.  At issue was whether Ramirez’ lawyer was ineffective.  Ramirez claimed that her attorney gave her bad advice when he advised her to turn down a 5 year plea sentence before trial predicated on the belief that there was no way she would receive a life sentence even if convicted.

There is no way to know the validity of these claims but the issue is an important one: criminal law is not a place for inexperienced attorneys.  Experience comes from years of working on cases: only through practicing in a certain area over a certain period of time comes the knowledge of the prosecutors, judges and courts such that an attorney can give solid legal advice.  The Criminal Law Group hires only experienced, local attorneys who work in your courts.  This allows us to provide you with solid legal advise and gives our clients the confidence and the information they need to make sound decisions regarding their cases.  Call the Criminal Law Group if you have any questions about your case: the charges, the police, the prosecutors, the judge: chances are we know them, trained them or have practiced before them in the past.  759-9169 in Broward or Dade.  Remember you have rights and the police can be wrong!

Golden Beach Town Manager Alexander Diaz arrested for DUI

January 7th, 2010

Anyone can be arrested for DUI.  Even Alexander Diaz Golden Beach town manager.  Even though he was only a passenger in the car at the time the police pulled over his driver for suspicion of DUI!  The Miami Beach police department ultimately arrested Diaz because he allegedly tried to get into the driver’s side of the car with keys in hand.

Legally, all that is required to prove the ‘driving’ component of driving under the influence is that a person be in actual physical control of the motor vehicle.  In this case from the CBS 4 article it is unclear whether the police legally can make out actual physical control.  The Criminal Law Group is one of South Florida’s premier DUI defense firms.  DUI law is complex and often times DUI investigations are handled by inexperienced police officers and prosecuted by new prosecutors. Attorney Matthew Sauerwald of the CLG was a traffic homicide prosecutor with the Miami Dade State Attorney’s Office and has handled thousands of DUI’s as a criminal defense attorney and prosecutor.  If you have been arrested for a DUI you need to talk to an experienced attorney from the The Group now.  Call 759-9169 in Broward or Dade.

Michigan Playboy Model Paula Sladewski Found Burned Beyond Recognition in North Miami Dumpster

January 7th, 2010

Miami Herald reports that the body of an aspiring model from Michigan was found burned beyond recognition in a dumpster in North Miami.  Her name is Paula Sladewski.  In town with her boyfriend Kevin Klym for New Years Eve celebrations, Sladewski was last seen early Sunday at Miami’s Club Space.  Neal Cuevas of the North Miami Police Department said that Klym was a person of interest as he is the last person to see Sladewski alive. 

The Criminal Law Group represents individuals charged with any crime from DUI to Murder.  We also represent clients who are ‘persons of interest’ or ‘under investigation’ by police for unsolved crimes.   Citizens of the United States have a number of rights that can be waived by talking with police and sound advice from any criminal defense attorney is that a person ‘under investigation’ should only talk with police through an attorney.  Many innocent people are charged with crimes in this country every year based on little more than what they said to the police during ‘police investigation’.  Call the Criminal Law Group if you have any questions regarding your rights when dealing with the police.  Remember, ‘You have rights, the police can be wrong!”

Defending Against Florida Drug Possession Charges

December 24th, 2009

Drug possession convictions in Florida carry very serious consequences. Convictions can produce sentences ranging from a couple of months in prison to life imprisonment for serious offenses. Therefore, it is imperative your Florida criminal defense team be as aggressive as possible.  Read the rest of this entry »

Defending Against Drug Possession Charges, Part B

December 24th, 2009

Under Florida law, it is irrelevant if the drug(s) the person is charged with possessing belongs to them. The law is only concerned with whether the person charged with drug possession was actually in possession of the item and that possession takes two forms: actual and constructive. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Beat a Florida Traffic Ticket

December 24th, 2009

If you have been issued a Florida traffic ticket, don’t plead guilty until you fully understand the penalties for each Florida traffic citation, as well as your options for getting the ticket dismissed. The Florida traffic attorneys at The Criminal Law Group have compiled the following information to help you win your Florida traffic case.  Read the rest of this entry »

How to Beat a Florida Traffic Ticket, Part B

December 24th, 2009

Being charged with reckless or careless driving is a serious traffic offense under Florida law. Make sure you understand your charges and discuss all of your legal options with a qualified Florida traffic attorney before pleading guilty.  Read the rest of this entry »

Establishing A Successful Florida DUI Defense

December 24th, 2009

Florida DUI laws are some of the strictest in the country and can carry serious consequences in the form of jail time and license suspension or revocation. Before you plead guilty to any Florida DUI charges, it’s important to discuss your case with a qualified Florida DUI attorney who can explain your legal rights and options.  Read the rest of this entry »

Establishing a Successful Florida DUI Defense, Part B

December 24th, 2009

In order for the State to convict a person of a Florida DUI charge, they must prove certain elements in a court of law. If the State cannot prove what is required of them, they cannot convict a person of a Florida DUI charge. Read the rest of this entry »