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Warrant Needed for Police to Track Cell Phones

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Nov 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Search and seizure -- Cell phones -- Site location information -- Site simulator. The trial court did not err in granting defendant's motion to suppress evidence found with defendant who was located in victim's parked car through the use of Cell Site Locator Information (CSLI) and...

Confession to Prove Crime

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Nov 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Juveniles -- Confession -- Corpus delicti -- To establish corpus delicti (the crime) for purpose of admission of a confession, state need only show that a crime has been committed, not that the defendant committed that particular crime, except in circumstances where proof of ident...

Blood Draw Suppressed

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Nov 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Law-enforcement reading of implied consent warning before defendant consented to blood draw rendered her consent involuntary, and there were no exigent circumstances which allowed a warrantless blood draw. Therefore the Defendant's Motion to Suppress the blood test results granted.  Read Opinion...

Stand Your Ground Immunity Police Entering Home

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Nov 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Immunity, Stand Your Ground law -- Exceptions. Prosecution arising out of defendant's firing of a warning shot from the front porch of his home, which precipitated a gun fight, after three individuals, who were in fact three plainclothes law enforcement officers attempting to effectuate a warrant...

Divorce, Default Judgment

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Nov 02, 2019 | 0 Comments

Wife's motion for relief from default judgment was insufficient where motion made only conclusory assertion that she had meritorious positions regarding time-sharing and equitable distribution. Under Florida law, where divorcing couple has minor child, court cannot enter default final judgment wi...

CRIME ON THE HIGH SEAS

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Oct 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Maritime law -- Jurisdiction -- Information -- Effects doctrine. Crime committed by Honduran citizen on cruise ship in international waters. The circuit court did not err in denying motion for judgment of acquittal which asserted, for the first time, that the state failed to invok...

Stand your ground Immunity from prosecution

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Oct 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Immunity -- Stand Your Ground Law. Unsworn allegations of defendant and his counsel do not satisfy defendant's burden to establish a prima facie claim of self-defense immunity. Further, defendant failed to comply with rule 3.190 requirement that facts underlying motion to dismiss ...

DUI Traffic Stop Reasonable Suspicion/Probable Cause

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Oct 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Driving under influence -- Search and seizure -- Vehicle stop -- Traffic infraction. Officer who observed vehicle weave within her lane and cross over edge line one time without impeding or endangering either traffic or pedestrians did not have probable cause to believe defendant ...

Hearsay 911 Telephone Call Theft of Service Dog

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Sep 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Theft -- Service dog -- Evidence -- Hearsay -- 911 call made by victim of theft is not inadmissible testimonial statement under Confrontation Clause where primary purpose of call was to summon assistance from police due to recent theft of service dog. Exceptions to the Hearsay rule. Excited utter...

Immunity, Stand Your Ground law

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Sep 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Trial court erred in dismissing charges against defendant based on finding that defendant's discharging of a firearm was a justifiable use of deadly force. The Defendant was not entitled to statutory immunity under section 776.032 where defendant was engaged in criminal activity at the time d...

Evidence

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Aug 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Evidence -- Collateral crimes -- Uncharged additional sexual battery and multiple uncharged batteries and aggravated assaults committed by defendant which victim referenced during her testimony were inextricably intertwined with charged crimes, and no fundamental error resulted fr...

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Aug 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Possession of firearm by a convicted felon -- Post conviction relief -- Counsel -- Ineffectiveness -- Failure to call co-defendant as witness. Error to summarily deny claim that counsel was ineffective for misadvising defendant concerning the maximum penalty he faced resulting in ...

Dissolution of marriage -- Contempt

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Aug 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

Trial court abused discretion by striking husband's pleadings and entering default against him as sanction for failure to attend show cause hearing where order to show cause was mistakenly sent to husband's former counsel rather than to husband. Remand for court to hold new hearing at which husba...

Juveniles Search and seizure Hotel room Standing

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Jul 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Juveniles -- Search and seizure -- Hotel room -- Standing -- Drug evidence discovered in hotel room rented by another minor under a false name after juvenile was arrested in doorway of the hotel room on outstanding probable cause affidavit for domestic battery. Court rejects argum...

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