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Monthly Archives: May 2022


How The “Good Faith” Exception Protects Even Bad Search Warrants

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

The Fourth Amendment normally requires the police to obtain a warrant before searching private property. Evidence obtained in violation of this requirement is inadmissible in court as evidence against a criminal defendant. Of course, there are a number of exceptions to this general rule. One of them is known as the “good faith” exception…. Read More »

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The Importance Of Venue In A Florida Criminal Trial

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

In a criminal trial, the venue refers to the geographic place where the matter is actually heard by the court. For state crimes, venue is typically vested with the circuit court where the alleged criminal act occurred. Similarly, federal crimes in Florida are tried in one of three district courts, representing the Northern, Middle,… Read More »

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The Government’s Burden Of Proof At Criminal Sentencing

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

In federal criminal cases, a judge will consult a set of non-binding rules called the Federal Sentencing Guidelines when assessing a convicted defendant’s punishment. The guidelines are no longer mandatory following a 2005 United States Supreme Court ruling, but judges must still consider the recommended penalty range from the guidelines when crafting a particular… Read More »

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Can My Ex Still Inherit Under My Will?

By Faulkner Law Group, PLLC |

Here is a hypothetical situation: Jessica divorced her spouse 10 years ago. But one day, as she is going through some of her files, she comes across her will. She never updated the document following her divorce, and it still names her ex-spouse as the executor and primary beneficiary of her estate. Panicked, Jessica… Read More »

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