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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Falling crime rates and faulty enforcement strategies

Florida’s 2016 Semi-Annual Uniform Crime Report showed a year-over-year decline in the overall crime rate of 3.4 percent, which currently sits at a 45-year low. Domestic violence convictions fell 3.4 percent for the same period. However, efforts to combat domestic violence continue to ramp up throughout the nation – sometimes using dubious tactics. In Illinois, for example, a new law will require hairstylists to receive training on how to spot signs of domestic violence and be on the lookout for those signs on their clients. The course is only one hour long. Imagine being falsely suspected of domestic violence because...

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