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Kudos to Rep. David Richardson for going above and beyond in his diligent selfless commitment to effecting change in the State's much maligned prison system. A shining example of public service, and to what's possible when a determined individual stops talking, and starts doing.

We're lucky to have him.


Standing in the center of a barren prison courtyard at Sumter Correctional Institution in Bushnell two weeks ago, encircled by towering razor wire and brick buildings, state Rep. David Richardson was on a mission.  
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As a former public defender, I know first-hand how much of a difference  I made in people's cases. That being said, public defender offices are underfunded and overburdened. It is refreshing to see the chief of the Justice Department's civil rights division recognize the plight of poor criminal defendants and the need for meaningful funding of the right to counsel.
The criminal justice system can be difficult to navigate, and without a lawyer, it's even harder. Yet the government says it's still too difficult for poor defendants to get representation.
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Testimonial from the Hamburgler?!  Creative!
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Cockadoodle Do. <3 this.
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There's no better feeling than going to the mat for your client, and them knowing that you did. That's the kind of job satisfaction money can't buy. 
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Yes likewise - who knows I may visit south Florida soon!

Love the beach!

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Incredibly, I find myself tipping my hat to Gov. Rick Scott for signing a bill this week repealing the draconian 10-20-LIFE law that requires stiff mandatory minimum sentences for crimes committed with firearms. This one-size-fits-all law caused some glaring injustices in a number of cases. Sadly, this law will not be applied retroactively to those cases—but at least, there won't be any more

Now for those draconian drug law mandatory minimums...

Read the story here: http://dedelste.in/1QmcCsS
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In his biting piece on underfunded public defender offices, John Oliver excoriates our criminal justice system for giving lip service to the constitutional right to counsel. And once again, Florida is the punchline. I highly suggest watching the whole clip, but if you want to skip to the part about Florida, watch from 12:36. As he does with so many …
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Sometimes, things are not what they seem.

In this case investigators made the assumption that my client was stealing gas from the County because he pumped it into canisters. If they would have conducted a thorough investigation—or given my client an opportunity to explain—he would never have been arrested.

But it's hard to convince someone they were wrong, especially if it means they have to confront the possibility that they have destroyed an innocent person's life. It's much easier—and less threatening to your ego and self image—to continue on the path of least resistance and not second guess yourself.

So we will probably be forced to go to trial. If the Judge doesn't dismiss it first...

http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Suspended-Police-Sergeant-Speaks-Out-After-Alleged-Gas-Theft-315075851.html
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When your own turn on you it has to hurt double.. Hope you're able to settle this for him. ..
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Just finished my live interview with CTV News regarding this tragic case. I'll also be giving legal analysis in a live interview at 1:30 PM today with the Canadian Broadcasting Network (CBC).
A Canadian diplomat's teenaged son has been shot dead and her younger son has been arrested on murder charges after an alleged drug deal gone bad in Miami, Fla.
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It's difficult ifficult to imagine what she must be going through. But how her kids were involved in something like this is mind boggling. 
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One of the most common types of cases I deal with on a regular basis are shoplifting cases (http://www.miami-criminal-lawyer.net/cases/state-crimes/shoplifting.html).  Although they can sometimes be felonies ($300 or more), most of the time they are charged as misdemeanors. It never ceases to amaze me how many otherwise completely normal people get caught stealing.  Invariably, when they come meet with me they have no explanation for why they did it. It's almost never out of necessity or need.

Which brings me to this book.  

It's been on my radar for a while, and eventually I'll get around to reading it.  I really find the topic quite fascinating.  Among other fascinating facts in the book:

- People with an income of $70,000 or more are 30 percent more likely to shoplift than those earning less

-Nearly 10 percent of all U.S citizens have either shoplifted or at least tried.

-A National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP) report estimated that store security catches a person shoplifting one in forty-eight times and informs the police of the incident one in fifty times.

-People shoplift as an anodyne against grief or to avenge themselves against uncontrollable forces or as an act of social aggression.
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Seems as though they have an entitlement complex huh 
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Just because we're "criminal defense lawyers" doesn't mean we defend criminals.  The fact is, unless our client has previously been convicted of a crime, he or she is by definition not a criminal.  At least a convicted one. ;)

Seriously, I'm not sure who came up with the name, but I much prefer "defense attorney," or "defense lawyer"— because what we do is defend people, not criminals.

This article from CNN is a case in point: kids and teenagers are NOT criminals.  But unfortunately, they sometimes need a "criminal defense lawyer."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/11/living/feat-parents-teens-legal-advice-on-your-case/
Parents of teens should have a criminal defense lawyer ready -- just in case, says Lisa Green, author of the new book "On Your Case."
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+David M. Edelstein, PA I agree that all aren't like that, but I'm seeing a lot who are and it's sad. If you have money you get a lighter sentence, if you don't, you get more time. I just wish the system was fair across the board and judges could do more in their court room. Mandatory minimums are crazy. I don't know how these laws even passed. 
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The Edelstein Firm (David M. Edelstein, PA), limits its practice exclusively to criminal defense and related matters. All of our criminal lawyers  are either former public defenders or prosecutors in Miami-Dade County. Our experience, is in criminal law.

We handle all types of misdemeanor and felony cases in both State and Federal courts.

Contact us today for a free confidential consultation by an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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Vicente Gonzalez
2 months ago
David is absolutely the best. My family ran into a situation and David made us feel as if He was part of the Family. At the end of the day, you don't want an attorney that makes you feel like it's all about the money, you want a person who fight's and believe"s in you like Family does. And that is what you get with Mr. Edelstein , and that is why he's my families Attorney.
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Sunny Melamed
2 months ago
Amazing and professional service, took care of my case quickly without me being present.
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Oscar Esquia
2 months ago
He is a thorough professional and I highly recommend David Edelstein from my experience during my time of need.
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19 Cas
3 months ago
Had to file a complaint with the bar, because after paying him, he did not show up for court. I was left not knowing what to do.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
This is obviously a false review, and it is sad that anyone can anonymously slander a person or business. I would never take anyone's money and "not show up for court," and I have not been notified of any complaint filed against me. Google should not make it so easy for people (sometimes even competitors) to game the system by posting 1 star reviews to their competitors' listings and padding their own listings with fake 5 star reviews.
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Ergio I. Fernandez
2 months ago
David is an accomplished and talented lawyer. He is always meticulously prepared and it shows on the results he secures for his clients. I strongly recommend him.
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John King
3 months ago
I have known David for years. He is a superb attorney and a gentleman who will treat you with dignity. If I need to refer anyone in South Florida to an attorney, David is the one.
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Lukas Ortiz
a year ago
In the time that I have known David Edelstein, I found him to be a consummate professional. I have seen him take phone calls at all hours of the day from clients, and potential clients. He follows up and makes sure that their rights are well defended. His attention to detail is among the best of anyone that I have ever encountered. Above all, what sets him apart from the rest of the defense attorneys out there is this: he truly does care about people, and if he can help in any way possible, he will do everything in his power to make sure you're getting a fair shake. The David Edelstein Firm is well-connected to the Miami metropolitan area, so you'll know that you're being defended by a well-established lawyer, who has a top-notch reputation. So, do yourself a favor and save his contact information in your rolodex, address book, or mobile device. Because if you're ever in a bind and facing unreasonable criminal charges, David Edelstein will be there for you when you need him the most.
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Shawn Lupella
a year ago
David is the criminal defense attorney that I would refer clients to--if facing charges in the Miami area. He is well respected by his peers and devoted to representing his clients at the highest level.