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Are Police Reports Magical?

I can not tell how many times I am involved in a case where the other side tries to bring police reports into evidence against my client. Frequently, I see this in family law and domestic violence cases all the time. This usually happens with litigants that represent themselves, always a big mistake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28lH3_hbdDY&t=29s Police Reports are not magical! Usually,...

Law Enforcement’s Most Dangerous Call

Of all the calls a police officer is dispatched to, the domestic violence calls are one of the most dangerous. Statistics show reductions in most violent crimes over the last couple of decades. For the last few years, domestic violence has been steadily increasing.  According to The National Coalition on Domestic Violence, intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime, and...

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law: The Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.

I am Patrick McGeehan, and I am a family law and criminal defense lawyer in Miami, Florida, I am your best friend at your worst times! In my videos, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and email newsletter, I explain family law terms, procedures, criminal law procedures, sanctions, and a lot more in a simple to understand way. This, by no means, is a substitute for competent legal counsel. You...

The Plea Bargain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmax6vTuzaA&t=3s Happy Felony Friday! Happy Felony Friday! There is an art to a plea bargain. As I have said before, sometimes it is a good idea to wait and not accept the first plea offer that comes along. I spend a lot of time in South Florida's criminal courts and see a lot of defendants that are overly eager to accept the first plea offer that comes from...

Deadly Force: Everybody Dies!

Photo credit: Sun Sentinel - Doug Phillips A deadly force incident on June 7th, 2019, in Davie, Florida, at Flamingo Road and SW 8th Steet, a road we drive every day, two men, Keith Byrne, and Andre Sinclair, met for the first time.  Neither lived through the encounter.  According to the police, Keith Byrne, a Marine Corps veteran and air conditioner mechanic, cut off a blue BMW.   Mr. Byrne...

Divorce – Social Media Control is Key!

Social media is a big part of our culture. People post things on social media thinking it will not be seen by everyone. Some of your social media content can cause damage in your divorce, family law, or criminal case. Family law and domestic violence cases are particularly susceptible to problems with social media content. Anything you post on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn, or any other...

Deputy Scot Peterson get a lower bond!

This is my commentary on the Deputy Scot Peterson case. I am not affiliated with his lawyers or in the case in any way. Photo credit: WPTV After the recording of this video, Scot Peterson had a bond hearing in Broward County Circuit Court. Peterson's bond was reduced to $39,500.00. Also, the pretrial conditions were modified to standard pretrial conditions, no GPS monitoring, and passport...

Deputy Scot Peterson arrested!

BSO Booking phot of Scot Peterson Broward Deputy arrested for role in school shooting Yesterday, Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested. The criminal charges against Scot Peterson stem from his actions, or inaction, during a school shooting. On February 14th, 2018, a shooter killed 17 people and injured another 17 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida....

CRIME PREVENTION:

Fighting Back Against Crime As a Miami-Dade Police Officer, a big part of my duties was to help people with crime prevention and avoidance. Unfortunately, most of this advice came after the crime and I responded to take the report.   We all see regular news reports of violent crime in South Florida. The fact is that crime has been trending down for the last two decades.  Despite downward...

I QUIT MY JOB!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKjK76CeRTw I QUIT MY JOB YEARS AGO! I have not had a job in years. I finally got fed up, and I quit my job. Learn how and why in this video. I was a Miami-Dade Police Officer before becoming a lawyer and now I am combining that experaence to help people with legal issues. My last police car was not this nice! If you are working, you are missing out on life. When...
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