Close Menu
West Palm Beach Criminal & Family Lawyer
Schedule a Free Consultation Today! 561-533-1221

Category Archives: Criminal Law

CrimDef6

New Data Indicates That Only Two Percent of Federal Criminal Defendants Go to Trial, And Most Are Found Guilty

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Recent data collected by the federal judiciary and analyzed by the Pew Research Center paints a bleak picture of a system that arguably denies justice to criminal defendants, especially when it comes to federal cases, in particular. According to the data, approximately 80,000 people were federal criminal defendants during the 2018 fiscal year, but… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
CrimLaw10

Florida Makes It a Crime to Own, Distribute, Etc. “Childlike Sex Dolls”

By William Wallshein P.A. |

In late May, Florida banned (i.e. makes it a crime to engage in) owning, distributing, and engaging in a number of other activities with respect to childlike sex dolls. Amongst other activities, the law prohibits someone from “knowingly having in their possession, custody, or control an obscene childlike sex doll” under the justification that… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
FacialRecog

Facial Recognition Programs—Although Never Mentioned in Court—Have Become a Routine Policing Tool

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Every year, more and more police departments around the country purchase and rely on facial recognition software in arresting people and accusing them of committing  crimes; in and outside of Florida. This market, which includes law-enforcement at local state and federal levels, is expected to reach $375 million by 2025. In a nutshell, facial… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
WhiteCollar4

A Look at Current White Collar Crime Prosecutions

By William Wallshein P.A. |

According to the latest statistics, the administration is now increasingly prosecuting white-collar crime. However, these prosecution numbers are still far below those seen during the 2008-2009 financial crisis. For example, no one at Wells Fargo faced any criminal charges thus far for creating deposit and credit card accounts for customers without their knowledge or… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
CrimDef4

In Florida, Criminal Defendants Can Be Convicted Without First Being Able to Challenge Computer Programs That Falsely Identified Them

By William Wallshein P.A. |

The Florida Supreme Court was recently petitioned to address an issue that has long violated the constitutional, due process rights of criminal defendants here in Florida. While in most states, defendants have the right to challenge the accuracy of a face recognition system that leads to criminal charges, in Florida, that has never been… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
Advocate

Two Proposed Bills in Florida Could Decrease the Number of People Charged with Felony Theft and Increase the Number of People Charged with Animal Cruelty

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Two bills proposed in the Florida legislature could make a significant difference when it comes to criminal charges. One would increase the value threshold that is required to charge someone with a felony for theft, while the other one punishes pet owners who abandon their pets during manmade or natural disasters, such as hurricanes,… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
Justice4

The “Alternative Facts” Issues With Our Criminal Justice System

By William Wallshein P.A. |

Ten years ago, the National Academy of Sciences sounded the alarm on the shortcomings of forensic science techniques and how they have led to the wrongful conviction of a number of defendants in our criminal justice system. Since then, a number of follow-up studies have been done, revealing a consistent pattern of crime lab… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
CrimLaw9

“Gay and Transgender Panic Defense” Could Soon No Longer Be Available To Criminal Defendants

By William Wallshein P.A. |

The “gay and transgender panic” criminal defense has been around for a long time, dating back to homosexuality being listed in the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders. Extremely controversial, the defense effectively allows a murder conviction to be downgraded to manslaughter, negligent homicide, or another lesser charge if the defendant claims that they suffered… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
Defense

When Defamation & Free Speech Turns Into a Crime

By William Wallshein P.A. |

While many people assume that defamation is an issue for civil court, in fact, a number of states also have laws that make defamation a criminal act, including in Florida. In Florida, any person convicted of the publication of libel is guilty of a first degree misdemeanor, and that includes the owner or editor… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus
Arrested

The Importance of the Fifth Amendment in Criminal Law

By William Wallshein P.A. |

As attorneys who regularly represent clients accused of crimes here in Florida, one of the first pieces of advice that we find ourselves having to remind our clients is to exercise their Fifth Amendment rights; but what, exactly, does this mean? The Fifth Amendment encompasses your right to remain silent, and it is one… Read More »

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google Plus