How a Miami kidnapping suspect walked free after being charged with attempted abductions

A recent Florida kidnapping case highlights the importance of having a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney on your side. When faced with criminal charges, it is important to seek help from someone who can stand up to prosecutors who are willing to go to great lengths to obtain a criminal conviction. Marshawn Andrews, 25, walked out of the Miami-Dade courthouse a free man on January 13. The authorities dropped multiple charges against him, including aggravated battery, attempted sexual battery on a minor, and lewd and lascivious conduct. Andrews was accused of attempting to kidnap several teenage girls in Miami last year....

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Should You Take the Field Sobriety Test?

If you're suspected of driving while intoxicated (DWI or DUI), you may wonder if you should take the field sobriety test. In this episode of Ready for Trial, we provide the answer and we review the field sobriety test step by step. [powerpress]

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How Unappealing: Managing Expectations on Appeal

Whenever someone is in the unfortunate position to have taken a case to trial and lost, his or her focus might immediately shift to filing a direct appeal.  Of course, just about any trial lawyer will tell you that few trials are ever conducted without error, and appealing a case to ensure that those errors were not harmful or fundamental might be appropriate.  After all, the appellate process has a special place in our American criminal jurisprudence.  (In Miami, appeals from trial cases in circuit court are filed in the Third District of Appeal. ) That (formally accused, now convicted) person, and/or his or her family,...

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“Not Guilty, Demand Discovery, and Trial by Combat”

Pop into any courtroom in the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building (the state criminal courthouse here in Miami) while an arraignment is taking place and you will undoubtedly hear defense attorneys reciting: "We enter a plea of not guilty, your honor, demand discovery, and set the case for trial by jury." What you probably won't hear is "...and set the case for trial by combat."  But one lawyer in Staten Island, NY, did just that--he demanded a trial by combat after being sued for allegedly helping his client shelter money from a civil judgment. Wikipedia has an interesting historical recount of trial...

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DO I REALLY NEED A LAWYER?

Many of the calls we get at Redavid Law PLLC are from potential clients taking advantage of our firm’s guaranteed free consultation to discuss their case. Inevitably, they ask: “Do I really need a lawyer?” This can usually be traced back to feelings such as, “this can’t really be a big deal.  I don’t even know why I was arrested”; “I read the arrest form, and the cops are lying.  I can prove it”; “the cop told me he wouldn’t come to court”; or, “I’ll just speak to the prosecutor myself and let them know what really happened.” Invariably these...

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