Areas of Practice

  • All Federal and State Courts
  • Probation/Parole ViolationsWarrants & Bond
  • Major Felonies
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Money Laundering
  • Firearm Charges
  • Drug Offenses
  • Sex Crimes
  • Homicides
  • Grand Jury Matters
  • Asset Forfeitures
  • Trafficking
  • Appeals
  • RICO


Former marine sentenced in bribery case: As he sat at the defense table in a Miami federal courtroom Tuesday, Iraq War veteran Jose Emmanuel Torres wanted the judge to remember his 15 years of spotless military service to his country. (click here to read the full story)

Marine admits he took bribe, tried to steal from drug dealers: A former U.S. Marine Corps intelligence officer has admitted that he took a bribe from an immigrant and used his position to try to rip off about $250,000 from people he thought were drug dealers. (click here to read the full story)

Former Hollywood psychic imprisoned, ordered to repay victims $402,700: Olivia Evans’ attorney, Richard Merlino, asked for leniency, writing that she had not really chosen her way of life but was born into it. (click here to read the full story)

Carmel on the Case: Pill Mill Doctor A South Florida doctor is dealing with the possibility of facing the rest of her life behind bars. She could be charged in connection with the deaths of 10 patients. Investigative reporter Carmel Cafiero is on the case. (click here to read full story)
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Chiropractor who shot at Lighthouse Point police station cuts deal: FORT LAUDERDALE—A chiropractor who calmly walked up to a Lighthouse Point police station and opened fire in Dec. 2009 pleaded no contest to an attempted murder charge Wednesday and was immediately sentenced to three years in prison. (click here to read full story)

Convicted molester cleared of sex accusation with underage girl: FORT LAUDERDALE— Davie teenager Shawn Strawser could have been given life in prison when he was sentenced for child molestation in 2005. Instead he got 15 months, followed by six years’ probation. (click here to read full story)

Pain clinic boss Jeffrey George pleads guilty to murder: Just six days after he was arrested, pain clinic kingpin Jeffrey George pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the death of a pain patient and a charge of trafficking narcotic pills. (click here to read full story)

Doctors played key role in South Florida pill mills: A day after federal investigators busted the nation’s largest pill mill crime enterprise, a fuller portrait of the role of doctors emerged as the engine behind a narcotics network that churned out more than 20 million oxycodone pills and $40 million in profits. (click here to read full story)

Lighthouse Point gunfight trial: Shooter plans insanity defense: On Dec. 20, 2009, a chiropractor who lived in Lighthouse Point walked up to the police station with a Fabrique Nationale 5.7 mm pistol and started firing wildly. (click here to read full story)

Wellington man sentenced to 5 1/2 years for DUI manslaughter: A county judge took the extraordinary step on Friday of outlining in detail how he arrived at his decision to sentence a 29-year-old Wellington man to 5 1/2 years in prison for DUI manslaughter. (click here to read full story)

CORAL SPRINGS in killing of passenger in another car Man, 18, charged (click here to read full story)

Levy officials identify marijuana suspects By Lise Fisher & Karen Voyles (click here to read full stor)
Ex-Catholic priest arrested for child porn BY DAVID SMILEY (click here to read full story)

Police: Suspect feared thieves and vandals: Records show a man has called the police 10 times since 2005 By Juan Ortega (click here to read full story)

DRAGGING-DEATH CASE Driver, 24, seeking bail: The attorney for a man awaiting trial in the dragging death of a Fort Lauderdale woman asked a judge to let his client post bond.
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Cooper City man held in fatal seven-car crash
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Broward jury acquit man accused of biting officer By Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel (click here to read full story)

Underground grow house found: By Lou Elliot Jones (click here to read full story)

Lawyers claim self-defense in double murder: By MILLIARD K. IVES (click here to read full story)

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