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Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Framing Black Men

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In a suburb just north of Miami, former police chief Raimundo Atesiano had a perfect clearance rate for burglaries. In order to secure that perfect clearance rate, however, Atesiano instructed his officers to pin crimes on black men. For far too long the ploy worked all too well and now the city of Miami,… Read More »

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Florida Judge’s Impartiality Questioned after Endorsements

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

An appeals court announced that it would bar Florida judge Brian Iten from presiding over four criminal trials. The announcement was made as reports came out that Iten had received endorsements from county sheriffs, chiefs of police, state attorneys, and others on the prosecutorial side of the criminal justice system. It’s difficult to tell… Read More »

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Probe Says Cops Targeted Black Floridians to Improve Record

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

The case involved not only the police officers of the Biscayne Park police department but their police chief as well. In order to impress leaders with a perfect crime-solving record, the department decided to pin four burglaries on a black teenager. When their dastardly plan was discovered, it revealed a policy of pinning crimes… Read More »

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Potential New Hate Crime Laws

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Hate crimes add years to sentences that would otherwise not involve any jail or prison time at all. Under Florida statute 775.085, a misdemeanor or felony is upgraded to the next level if it is found by the court that the act was committed against a person because of their race, religion, sexual orientation,… Read More »

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Social Media and Texting Can Land You Behind Bars

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

We all know that social media can get us into trouble if not used carefully. However, usually that trouble is with a spouse, parent, boss, or teacher, not law enforcement. Yet two Okaloosa County paramedics are facing jail time for some inappropriate photos they took of unconscious people while at work, as reported by… Read More »

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Citizen’s Arrest, Witnessing a Crime or Injury Without Providing Aide

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

If you witnessed a crime take place and did nothing to stop it, did you help perpetrate that crime? The answer to that, in Florida law, is no. You do not have to intervene to aid an injured or dying person in the aftermath of a traffic collision, shooting, or stabbing. You do not… Read More »

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Online Threats

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

For those that think that freedom of speech means that they can say whatever they want to whomever the please, think again. Online forums and comments often get out of hand quickly for a variety of psychological reasons, according to How Stuff Works: There is little to no accountability for one’s actions in a… Read More »

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Am I Committing a Crime by Being in the U.S. Unlawfully?

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In testimony against Florida House Bill 83, which would increase the punishments for certain felonies committed by undocumented immigrants within the state, Ingrid M. Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that “Unlawful presence is not a crime. It is a civil violation,” as reported by Politifact. Her comments spurred a counter… Read More »

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Your Right to Remain Silent When Arrested

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

If you are arrested, one of the most important things you need to remember is that you have the right to remain silent. While refusing entirely to speak to the police may not be rational in many situations, and may only serve to antagonize the situation, there are times when speaking out will hurt… Read More »

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First Degree Murder: Not Always Intentional or Premeditated

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Two teenagers and a 20-year-old were arrested in Wellington and Greenacres after they allegedly murdered three other teenages with a firearm, according to the Palm Beach Post. All three defendants are being charged with first degree murder. Police responded to a burglary call at a local yacht club before being fired upon with the… Read More »

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