The average person who is accused of breaking the law doesn't defend against the allegations they’re facing. Even those who are accused of felonies and misdemeanor offenses plead guilty despite asserting that they did nothing to violate the law. People often assume...
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How the Fourth Amendment protects from unfair search and seizure
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Jan 16, 2023 | Criminal Defense
Police officers will attempt to search individuals and private property if they think that they can locate evidence of criminal misconduct. Prosecutors can also influence the search process by supporting a police officer's request for a warrant from a judge. The goal...
Did you know assault and battery are two crimes?
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Aug 24, 2022 | Criminal Defense
Did you know that assault and battery are two different crimes? Battery is a criminal act that is often described as including physical contact. Assault is different because it can include threats of harm as well as attempted battery. It's important to understand the...
Defenses for domestic violence criminal charges
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Jul 27, 2020 | Criminal Defense
Domestic violence allegations are taken seriously in the state of Florida, and a conviction could result in jail time or other penalties. For individuals who are facing criminal charges of domestic violence, there are some potential defenses that may be effective. The...
Domestic abuse against men
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Jul 17, 2020 | Criminal Defense
When most people hear the term "domestic violence," they might assume that the victim is a woman. However, domestic violence against men in Florida and other parts of the U.S. occurs frequently. Fortunately, both men and women are protected against domestic violence...
Understanding the law for assault and battery in Florida
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Jul 11, 2020 | Criminal Defense
In Florida, there is often confusion about charges related to assault and battery. While they seem to be linked, there are fundamental differences that are critical to the allegations. After being arrested, it is important to understand the distinction. This can be...
College football star faces drug and weapons charges in Florida
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Jun 8, 2020 | blog, Criminal Defense
A promising college football player was taken into custody during the early morning hours of May 30 following a routine traffic stop in Florida. Tim Jordan faces two misdemeanor drug possession counts and a third-degree felony weapons possession charge. According to a...
What to do when charged with domestic violence
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | May 27, 2020 | Criminal Defense
The last few months have been difficult for many Floridians. Those in tumultuous marriages faced even tougher circumstances when Florida’s stay-at-home orders were in place. In fact, in Florida’s southern Treasure Coast and counties of Okeechobee counties, domestic...
What’s the difference between assault and battery in Florida?
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | May 15, 2020 | Criminal Defense
People often use the terms assault and battery interchangeably or as a phrase, but in Florida, they are separate legal charges that people can face. Confusion about these terms and what constitutes either assault or battery could lead to people making preventable...
Police don’t always need to read a suspect Miranda rights
On Behalf of Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. | Apr 5, 2016 | Criminal Defense
Thanks to popular detective shows, practically anyone today can recite the Miranda warning. But, if asked about when these rights must be read, many people will likely not know.So, when are police required to read Miranda rights to a suspect?Miranda rights, also known...
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