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Three New Supreme Court Cases That May Affect Florida Criminal Appeals

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Criminal appeals are not easy to win. Even if there was a clear error before, during, or after the trial, it may not be enough to overturn the conviction. Both U.S. and federal law are quite clear that defendants are entitled to fair trials, but not perfect trials. That being said, the United States… Read More »

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Pillars

NOTORIOUS R.B.G & U.S. SUPREME COURT UPHOLD PROHIBITION ON EXCESSIVE FINES BY GOVERNMENT

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The Supreme Court unanimously held on Wednesday that the 8th Amendment’s prohibition on excessive fines applies to state and local governments, in addition to the federal government. This is big news for State and Federal forfeiture claims. The opinion was written and delivered from the bench by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her first opinion… Read More »

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Four Possible Grounds For Criminal Appeals In Tampa

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Criminal jury trial outcomes are impossible to predict with any certainty. Anyone who makes such a prognostication is probably either over-promising an outcome or inexperienced in trial work. Completely unpredictable circumstances, like a single holdout juror, can completely change the outcome. Not all these unexpected circumstances are grounds for a criminal appeal. In fact,… Read More »

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DefRights

GOLF DIGEST INVESTIGATION SETS MAN FREE AFTER 27 YEARS IN PRISON

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Recently, a New York post-conviction case made international headlines and offered a fascinating story of man wrongfully imprisoned for a crime another man committed. The guilty man had already confessed to the crime years earlier. The New York man now set free was using his artistic talent drawing golf courses while incarcerated when good… Read More »

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FLORIDA CRIMINAL APPELLATE LAW AND PROCEDURE 101: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A CRIMINAL CONVICTION?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

If you must file an appeal from a State or Federal criminal conviction you are unquestionably undergoing a difficult time in your life. Criminal appeals are an arena not for the faint of heart. Florida criminal appellate attorney Nicholas G. Matassini is board certified in criminal trial law and has been successfully handling State… Read More »

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Subpoena

FACEBOOK & TWITTER MUST TURN OVER POSTS TO MURDER SUSPECT

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The power of the subpoena is mighty and dates back to ancient Roman law. Its subsequent use and specific procedures were developed extensively throughout several hundred years of English common law. As expected both Federal and State courts throughout the United States have specific laws and procedures regarding the use of a subpoena. Both… Read More »

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WIRETAP IN TAMPA BAY RICO DRUG TRAFFICKING PROSECUTION THROWN OUT, SIGNIFICANT APPELLATE VICTORY

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Narcotics detectives from the Tampa Police Department had long cultivated a clandestine wiretap operation on several individuals suspected of drug trafficking and being members of a large scale RICO conspiracy in the Tampa Bay area. Nicholas G. Matassini has been litigating the case, both in the trial court and the court of appeals, for… Read More »

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PoliceSearch

DRIVING A RENTAL CAR, CAN THE COPS SEARCH IT?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

* The case: Terrence Byrd pled guilty to charges of possessing heroin with intent to distribute and possessing body armor as a prohibited person. Byrd was arrested after police officers found heroin and body armor in the trunk of a rental car Byrd was driving. The arresting officer had pulled Byrd over for a… Read More »

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CrimRecord

Some Expungement/Sealing Basics In Florida

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Criminal convictions make life difficult in Tampa. Most jurisdictions allow employers to consider criminal records as early as the initial screening interview. Furthermore, criminal convictions often make it difficult or impossible to find a place to live. Relief is available for many of these individuals, especially if the criminal conviction was a one-time mistake…. Read More »

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STAND YOUR GROUND CLAIMS BACK IN LEGAL SPOTLIGHT

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The Florida Third District Court of Appeals recently upheld the constitutionality of a controversial change to the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, but also might have set the stage for a debate at the Florida Supreme Court about how the change should apply in some cases. Stand your ground issues and claims of… Read More »

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Four Major Search Warrant Exceptions

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

One of the most important protections in the Constitution is the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable police searches and seizures. Back in colonial days, the British sometimes used “writs of assistance,” or blank search warrants, to break into people’s houses and search for contraband even though they had no evidence of wrongdoing. Today, searches… Read More »

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Advocate

“SERIAL” PODCAST MURDER SUSPECT, ADNAN SYED, GRANTED NEW TRIAL

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Murder cases can be among the most difficult kind of criminal prosecutions to litigate. The charges can’t be more serious and the penalties, if convicted as charged, always involve life in prison — and in some circumstances, a death sentence. Memories fade and potential alibi witnesses get lost over the passage of time. A… Read More »

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CrimDef1

FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHAIRMAN MOVES TO DISMISS INDICTMENT

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The indictment that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort faces on charges of money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent is fatally flawed because of defects in the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Manafort’s attorneys argued in a new court filing Wednesday night. In a motion seeking dismissal of all… Read More »

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DYING DECLARATION FROM WOMEN BRUTALLY STABBED LEADS TO ARRESTS

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

When the four delivery workers found the woman in the middle of the road, she was covered in so much blood that they couldn’t tell the color of her hair. Whoever had done this to her, authorities said later, had stabbed the 19-year-old repeatedly, then thrown her out of a car near a remote,… Read More »

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TASK FORCE DETECTIVES CONVICTED OF ROBBERY & RACKETEERING

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Two Baltimore police detectives were convicted of robbery, racketeering, and conspiracy Monday in a trial that’s part of an ongoing federal investigation into corruption among rogue members of the city’s beleaguered police force. Such cases of outrageous police misconduct are not as rare as some in the public may think. Many, many innocent lives… Read More »

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Advocate

DON’T EVER SPEAK TO FEDERAL AGENTS ALONE, GET COUNSEL ASAP!

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

While President Trump and his inner circle have known that they have been under investigation for many months now, the fact of the matter is that most targets of a federal criminal investigation don’t find out about it until it’s too late. Nicholas G. Matassini is board certified in criminal trial law and represents… Read More »

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Police Misconduct

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

A New York City jury on Wednesday convicted a seasoned detective of lying under oath in a trial that raised troubling questions about the prevalence of false statements by police officers in routine cases. Such cases of outrageous police misconduct are not as rare as some in the public may think. Many, many innocent… Read More »

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What Makes A Search Legal?

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

When America’s Founding Fathers presented the Constitution to voters for approval, many people were alarmed because, they felt, the document did not sufficiently limit the federal government’s power. After all, these people had just fought a war to rid themselves of a strong central government, so they had no desire to submit to another… Read More »

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Arrested

Confronting Law Enforcement is Always a Mistake

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

Systems engineer Austin Story now finds himself in serious trouble after a four-hour standoff with local police officers, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Responding to a call regarding an armed individual discussing the possibility of hurting himself or others, police encountered the uncooperative individual still in his apartment and handled the scenario accordingly…. Read More »

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PoliceSearch

The Historical Significance of the Fourth Amendment

By Matassini Law Firm, P.A. |

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution is supposed to protect a person from unreasonable search and seizure by the government. The amendment’s purpose was to make people feel comfortable in their homes and allow them to know that law enforcement could only enter if they possessed a warrant based on sufficient probable… Read More »

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