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Double Jeopardy In Florida

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

When Robert Earl Hayes was found guilty of rape and murder three decades ago, a big part of the case relied on DNA evidence. But back in 1990, the technology around DNA was new, and it was within just a few years that defense attorneys successfully had the conviction overturned based on what they… Read More »

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Criminal Defendants: Avoid These 5 Mistakes

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

Any defendant in a criminal matter has a number of rights that, when not taken seriously, can lead to a greater chance of a guilty verdict.  It’s surprising how often defendants hobble their own case by not thinking things through.  You can avoid a lot of consternation if you follow a few simple rules…. Read More »

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Understanding Florida Sentencing

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

If you are facing criminal charges, one of your primary concerns likely centers around what your sentence might be if convicted.  In Florida, as in other states, two of the primary sentencing considerations are the offense itself and your past criminal history. There is much more to understand about sentencing than these factors, however…. Read More »

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The Horrendous Facts About Wrongful Convictions

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

Are there innocent people behind bars in this country?  You’d better believe it!  According to The High Court, a legal group given to researching such matters, there are anywhere between 46,000 and 230,000 people—between  two and ten percent of prisoners– serving time in this country who are not guilty of the crimes for which… Read More »

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State And Federal Hate Crimes

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

It took less than two years for two separate trials with two separate juries to convict three men of murder and hate crimes in the Ahmaud Arbery case.  The attention the case has drawn has left many questioning what the differences between the trials were, and why the defendants were forced to stand trial… Read More »

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Questions About The 21-Foot Rule In Policing

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

Police training throughout the country necessarily includes information and practice involving defensive tactics and use of force.  Recent concerns related to certain concepts to which officers are exposed have come to light–specifically, whether or not the 21-foot rule should be considered an actual rule is of issue. What is the 21-foot Rule?  The goal… Read More »

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How To Get The Best Outcome When Facing Criminal Charges

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

When your future is up in the air because you are facing criminal charges, it can be more than a little disconcerting.  The fact of the matter is, the likelihood of you ever seeing the inside of a courtroom is pretty small.  The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) reports that fewer than… Read More »

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Are You Facing Fraud Charges Related To COVID?

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that fraud related to COVID has resulted in nearly $400 million in costs to Americans in the past couple of years. Seniors found themselves the target of multiple schemes, and people in their 80’s lost an average of $900.  You can bet that if you are charged with… Read More »

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Can You Be Charged With Kidnapping Your Own Children?

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

After a particularly unpleasant divorce, let’s say you find yourself in constant conflict with your former spouse regarding anything and everything related to your parenting plan.  Things continue to deteriorate, until one day you find yourself arrested for kidnapping!  How can this possibly occur, when the case revolves around you and your own flesh-and-blood… Read More »

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Should You Testify In Your Own Defense?

By Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. |

With two high profile homicide cases in the news of late, the public has had the opportunity to watch the testimony of two defendants in homicide cases.  Kyle Rittenhouse testified that he believed his life was in danger and so he shot three BLM protesters  in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  Likewise, Travis McMichael took the stand… Read More »

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