Blog Posts in 2015

Florida Sentencing Guideline Departures: Youthful Offenders

Florida's sentencing guideline scheme is utilized to determine an appropriate sentencing range in felony cases and to promote uniformity throughout the state. Every offense is assigned a certain ...
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The Aggravated Assault Exceptions to Florida's 10-20-Life Statute

Use a gun and you're done? Well. . . maybe not. In general terms, Florida's 10-20-Life statute requires the imposition of a ten year minimum mandatory sentence for the possession of a firearm ...
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For the Second Consecutive Year, St. Petersburg DUI Attorney Donald J. Kilfin is a Selected Member of the NAFDD

NAFDD identifies the top criminal defense attorneys in each state based upon their experience, reputation, and achievements, among other factors. Those selected dedicate a significant portion of their ...
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Florida Highway Patrol Launches Multi-Day Statewide TACT Campaign

Those that are prone to drive in an aggressive manner may want to take a more subtle approach over the next two weeks. Yesterday, the Florida Highway Patrol announced the launch of its most recent ...
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Pinellas County S.O. Releases Results of Labor Day DUI Wolf Pack Operation

Last month, we advised our blog followers that the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office would be conducting a DUI wolf pack operation, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies. The ...
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Florida Enacts Tougher Prostitution Laws

Nearly thirty new laws went into effect in the state of Florida on October 1st, 2015, involving no contact orders in domestic violence cases, prohibitions on "revenge porn", and tougher ...
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Do I Need A Criminal Defense Attorney?

While you have the right to represent yourself in court, this is generally a foolish decision in a criminal case. A St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer will have the knowledge necessary to craft a ...
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DUI Wolf Pack to Roam Pinellas County Labor Day Weekend

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office recently announced its plan to conduct a DUI wolf pack operation this labor day weekend in Pinellas County. Multiple law enforcement agencies will be on alert ...
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The Three Levels of Police Citizen Encounters

As a St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney, I routinely hear about the circumstances under which a potential client was detained, arrested, and thereafter prosecuted for a criminal offense. In a ...
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Pre-trial Release in Florida: The Basics

Any discussion of pre-trial release in criminal cases must begin with the Constitutional prohibition on excessive bail. The Eighth Amendment provides that "excessive bail shall not be required, ...
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Driver's License Reinstatment Day a Success

Driver's license reinstatement day, which took place on Saturday, July 25th at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, was a collaborative effort between the Pinellas County ...
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Driver's License Reinstatement Day

On Saturday, July 25th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., a Pinellas County judge and clerk staff will be at the Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church to review individual's cases for ...
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Florida's "Williams Rule": What Is It & What Does It Mean For My Criminal Case?

As a general principle, the prosecution is prohibited from offering evidence of an accused person's character at trial. If, however, the accused person offers evidence of his or her character ...
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Alternatives to Incarceration in Pinellas County

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office has established guidelines for the electronic monitoring of certain offenders who have been released from custody pending trial, or sentenced to serve time in ...
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Thank You

Today marks the second anniversary of The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. While it has been a seemingly long (and at times challenging) journey since the day our doors opened, I am truly grateful for the many ...
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They Searched My Car - Can They Do That??

Over the years, I have represented numerous clients on drug possession (or drug trafficking) charges, which stemmed from a traffic stop, and a subsequent search of the vehicle. Invariably, the client ...
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I Received a Traffic Ticket - How Can I Avoid the Points?

In the past month, I have received a higher than normal call volume from people who (1) have received citations for non-criminal traffic infractions, and (2) are looking to "avoid the ...
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Florida's Principal Statute: All For One and One For All

Occasionally, a prospective client will contact me and advise that although he or she was a minor participant in a criminal episode, he or she was charged in the same manner as his or her more ...
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