A new case has come out of the circuit court in Miami denying the State's Motion to Obtain Oral Swabs from a gentleman who was charged with robbery of a drug store with a firearm. According to the State, he "gave a full post-miranda confession" and "lead officer to the location of a backpack which contained a plastic firearm and the stolen currency and the clothes he wore when the crime was committed."
If you are a healthcare practitioner in Jacksonville, then you likely rightly follow the line of thinking that your first obligation is the well-being and satisfaction of your patients (even if that well-being requires the consistent use of prescription medications). If it is later discovered that one of your patients was abusing those substances, people may question whether or not you had a hand in allowing that abuse. You may believe the chance of facing such accusations to be impossible, yet many of those that we here at Sheppard, White, Kachergus, & DiMaggio. P.A., Attorneys & Counselors At Law have helped in past shared the same feelings, only to later be proven wrong.
Most in Jacksonville have likely heard that famous line "You have the right to remain silent..." on TV or in movies. Many may already know that these are known as "Miranda Rights," yet few may understand what they mean and what protections they may offer suspects when being interrogated by police.
For many of those convicted of criminal charges in Jacksonville, their convictions do not signal the end of their legal proceedings. Rather, they simply represent a small step in what can be a much larger process. Many may view appeals cases to simply be a way for offenders to abuse loopholes in the legal system, and thus a waste of resources. However, in cases were a defendant has not had his or her rights respected (or has been wrongfully convicted), the appeals process offers relief from such injustices.