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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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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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Before this one, I had never been involved in a case that had been featured on “The First 48.” The more I learned about the case—and how the show insinuated itself directly into the homicide investigation—the more disgusted I became.

Read more: http://dEdelste.in/1KDmHyp
A Miami-Dade judge had thrown out a confession in a 2006 beating death that was taped and aired on the popular show.
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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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An assistant public defender in San Francisco was handcuffed and arrested at the criminal courthouse after she objected to police officers questioning her client outside a courtroom, an incident that her office called outrageous and police officials defended as appropriate.

Even if the cop was technically correct—which he may or may not have been—there is certainly something disquieting about police officers arresting an officer of the court for "obstructing / resisting" in the hall just outside of a courtroom. As the eminently quotable Anonymous once said: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

You can read the story here: http://dEdelste.in/15Y8bEI
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That's a shame ,polices now days is above the law ,that's why ppl don't have trust in them no more,they failed us ,this is across the world shame on all police force nation wide
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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.

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John King
3 weeks 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.
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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Raindrop Sun
a year ago
Good morning, Mr. Edelstein, I really don't go much in this google page however, I do go on LinkedIn. I think, I looked for your name and send you a request to be on my page. Well, hope that your Monday morning is good and prosperous. Dulce
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Ruth Elizabeth Johnson
2 years ago
I highly recommend this law firm and its founding attorney, David Edelstein. The positive reviews listed here are completely on point. He is a true fighter and advocate for his clients while providing great customer service.I will continue to refer clients to this office as I have only received praises
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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.
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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. Luckily, I have the ability to file a lawsuit which will then give me the power to subpoena Google for the user account information of this fake profile, obtain the ip address associated with the post, from there, find out the Internet Service Provider, and ultimately send a subpoena to the ISP for the account holder information. And if the person who posted this can't prove that it's true, which it's not, I can recover substantial damages: http://dedelste.in/1NUQJ1o
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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.
Amanda Pierce
2 years ago
I have never had to deal with anything that needed a lawyer so I really did not know where to start in finding one. My mother and I did some research online and I am so happy that we found Mr. Edelstein. He is very attentive and follows through which helped with the stress I felt during my case. My case was dismissed! When I first met with him he was very up front and honest while giving me the facts, but at the same time compassionate enough where I felt comfortable with him representing me. Anytime I had a question even when the case was closed in regards to applying for a job, real estate application, writing a letter in regards to a job, he was there to help me immediately. I understand Lawyers are extremely busy, but I did not have to wait on him as him or his assistant was able to assist me and answer any of my questions the same day. I am truly fortunate to have found him at that difficult time in my life.
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Heiko Moenckmeier
2 years ago
I met David through a friend about 4 years ago. As a fellow criminal defense attorney, I have recommended people in need of an attorney to him in South Florida, as well as referred anyone who has a federal case to David. He is a consummate professional whom I trust in completely. If I were to get into trouble myself, I would hire David Edelstein.