February 2012 Archives

Jacksonville man key to Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life sentences gets 25 years

February 29, 2012

It was Terrance Jamar Graham's case that led the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago to ban life sentences for juveniles who don't kill anyone. And while many others have benefited and seen reduced sentences since the 2010 ruling, Graham's day came last week for his life sentence to be cut down. Graham's criminal defense attorney argued for 15 years, but the Jacksonville judge handed down 25 years for Graham, now 24, in connection with an armed robbery he committed when he was 16, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Graham will be 42 when he's released in 2029, the newspaper reported. Graham was convicted in a restaurant robbery at age 16 and sentenced to probation. A year later, he violated that probation as one of three people involved in a home invasion. He was sentenced to life without parole.

Graham's appeals pushed the case all the way to the Supreme Court. The initial ruling was a landmark case, especially in Florida - the state home to more than half of the people nationwide sentenced to life without parole as juveniles for non-homicide cases.
The Supreme Court ruled life without parole in non-homicide cases was cruel and unusual punishment. But the direction from the high court and the state legislature has been very limited, Circuit Judge Lance Day said in sentencing Graham on Friday, the newspaper reported. Day gave Graham the initial life sentence.

Adult sentences for juveniles have been hot topics in Jacksonville lately, especially with then-12-year-old Cristian Fernandez being charged with first-degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old half-brother. He is the youngest person in Florida to be charged with first-degree murder. Graham's name, and sentence, has come up several times in court hearings regarding Fernandez, as an example of the displeasure the high court has taken with sentences for juveniles.

Our Jacksonville juvenile defense law firm has represented hundreds of juveniles, including many charged with serious crimes and facing serious time. Sentencing can be even more crucial in juvenile cases because there are options for the judge - such as youthful offender sentences - that are not available for adult defendants when minimum-mandatory sentences apply.

If you or a loved one needs a juvenile defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jacksonville police issue more traffic warnings, give fewer tickets

February 27, 2012

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has shifted some of its traffic enforcement priorities, giving drivers more warnings instead of tickets that come with hefty fines and penalties.
The department more than doubled its warning tickets in 2011 to almost 40,000, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. At the same time, traffic tickets issued dropped 13 percent. Sheriff John Rutherford, according to the newspaper report, told officers the job of the police is to educate the public and make the roads safer - not necessarily to hand out a ticket every time a driver is stopped. It will be interesting to see how this plays out when drivers contest tickets. Judges may assume, if this policy gets more attention and continues, that if the officer didn't just give a warning, the driver must be doing something really terrible.

That wouldn't necessarily be the case, but it could hurt a driver's chances of reducing the penalties - especially if the person tried to contest it alone. Traffic violations are scored on a point system. Speeding tickets carry a variety of points. Reckless driving is 4 points. Leaving the scene of an accident is 6 points. As the points build, they can add up to big trouble:

12 points in a year: 30-day license suspension
18 points in 18 months: 3-month suspension
24 points in three years: 1-year suspension

Many drivers do not know that if they simply pay the ticket, that is admitting guilt and the penalties start piling up from there. When people think about times they'd need an attorney, a traffic ticket is pretty low on the list. It shouldn't be. Our Jacksonville traffic violations attorney will look at the traffic citation and work to see if there is a way to reduce the penalties. Traffic tickets can have high-dollar consequences and can sending car insurance rates skyward. If the points get out of control, drivers can get their license suspended, which affects their ability to get to work, pay off the tickets, etc.

If you or a loved one needs a traffic violations attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Couple busted stuffing pills into condoms at a St. Augustine truck stop

February 24, 2012

A man and a woman in a car with West Virginia plates are facing drug trafficking charges after police found more than 1,200 pills between them. Police approached the parked car and, when they asked the two to step outside, both were acting nervous, according to a report on First Coast News. Police then saw tape on the inside of a condom, which is often how people package drugs to put them inside their body cavity to transport, the television station reported. When police searched the woman, who said she was four or five months pregnant, they found two bags of pills in her underwear. She said she didn't have any more pills, but when she got to the jail, more narcotics came out of her shoe and onto the floor. The woman then ate a handful of pills off the floor and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Those actions will get her additional charges for bringing drugs into a jail and tampering with evidence. Police reports listed the woman, 28, from central Florida and the man from West Virginia. The origin of the pills was not available, but Florida has become notorious for its "pill mills."

People come from out of state to load up on pills from the Florida clinics, including some in Clay and Duval counties, and either use them personally or make a significant profit selling the pills elsewhere. Florida penalties for trafficking prescription drugs are stiff and they often tie the hands of judges. If a person has more than 28 grams of narcotics - a fraction of these 1,200 pills - the mandatory minimum sentence is 25 years in prison. The sentence is set by law and cannot be lowered by a judge. The issue in this case will be the stop. Why did police flag this couple? Are there posted signs that prohibit loitering? Trucks stops exist for people to stop, rest and get back on the road.
Drug crimes, particularly pills, have the attention of Florida lawmakers and those caught with enough pills to sell can be looking at serious prison time - whether the drugs are prescribed or not. But that doesn't give police a license to go on fishing expeditions hoping to find pills just because a car has out-of-state license plates.

Our pill trafficking attorney has seen the spike in prescription drug cases and knows the ins and outs of the law. You typically have one shot to get the charges dismissed or face 25 years in prison and you need a St. Johns County criminal defense law firm that can fight for you.

If you or a loved one needs a Drug Crimes Defense Attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our St. Johns County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Father's verdict sealed while legal wrangling holds up mother's trial in drowning manslaughter case

February 22, 2012

Two Jacksonville parents should soon learn their fate in their separate fights against manslaughter charges after their two children - 3 and 6 - were left at home alone and drowned in the neighbor's pool. A decision has already been made regarding the father, Markanthony O. Ibeagwa, but the judge has ordered the verdict sealed until the conclusion of his wife Jovita Ibeagwa's trial. Her trial has now been held up until this week while the court sorts out what to do about a phone call recording that is no longer available, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. With his own freedom on the line now - both are facing up to 30 years apiece on each count of aggravated manslaughter - Markanthony Ibeagwa's attorneys are pointing the finger at his wife.

Police say Jovita called her husband before she was heading to her nursing job and told him to come home and watch the kids, the newspaper reported. The husband, a nursing assistant, said he would but ended up staying at work. His Jacksonville criminal defense attorney argued in court that he wasn't the one who left the children alone - it was his wife Jovita. When the Ibeagwa's neighbor returned home, he saw a wooden ladder propped in the Ibeagwa's lawn against his fence. The two children were dead in the pool.
The hangup in Jovita's case is the telephone records of her phone call to her husband that evening that are now missing. The call was a piece of Markanthony's trial - the state played a recording of his interview with detectives when he acknowledged receiving the call, the newspaper reported. The call is a key piece of evidence in the wife's defense and would likely be a focal point of the case.

To prove aggravated manslaughter against both parents, the state must show that what they did in leaving the children showed such "careless disregard for safety" that they should be held responsible for their deaths. Does that apply here, if the wife thinks her husband is on his way and the husband assumes she's waiting with the kids until he gets home? That'll be up to the two juries that will hear two decidedly different theories.
Some evidence that could tip the case toward the state is testimony that the parents had left the children alone like this before. And while that doesn't prove the case one way or another, it could hurt any empathy from the jury that this was a one-time miscommunication that ended tragically.

Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorney, Victoria "Tori" Mussallem, has represented hundreds of people charged with serious felonies, including manslaughter. If you or a loved one needs a manslaughter attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Jacksonville police arrest wrong teen in mall shooting case

February 20, 2012

Police have released an 18-year-old man they initially charged in a shopping mall shooting and charged another teen with two counts of attempted murder and carrying a concealed weapon. Keith Brown was released from jail, four days after he was arrested and charged in Jacksonville - despite vehement denials, according to a report from News4Jax. Now, it's Joshua Davis who faces the same charges. Police told the television station Davis has confessed to firing at a couple he had a standing beef with. Davis missed both intended targets, but one of the bullets ricocheted and hit a clerk in the shoulder. She was treated at a local hospital and has since been released. Police said the couple that was shot at picked Brown out of a lineup, as did a store clerk. Now, police say all three were wrong.

Detectives constantly hear people deny involvement in a crime. It's part of the job. And, at least in this case, the denials did not help Brown a bit. He was still arrested, his name and mug shot paraded across the news, as police patted themselves on the back for a quick resolution to a high-profile shooting in a crowded shopping mall. The key in Brown's release wasn't that he said he didn't do it. It was police had someone else to charge. If you've been arrested, chances are pretty solid that until they have someone else, you're the guy.

This highlights the perils of eyewitness identification. How could all three people be wrong? It depends on the pictures included in the lineup - was there anyone else in the photo spread (even Davis) who looked similar to Brown? What was the demeanor of the officer? Was there more attention given to any particular suspect? According to the television station, police caught the mistake when they talked to two of the teens seen at the mall with the alleged shooter. Both named Davis and said he had a gun, the television station reported.

Unfortunately, more and more cases are ending up in trial where police are relying solely on eyewitness testimony in the absence of any physical evidence. When this happens, you need a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney that can quickly sort through the evidence and prove police are barking up the wrong tree. If you or a loved one needs a violent crimes defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

California girl, 16, is second person sentenced in Bridge of Lions vandalism

February 17, 2012

A girl who helped spray red paint into the eyes and nose of a historic and vaunted marble lion on the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine will be on Florida probation until she's 19. The girl, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, will also have to complete 40 hours of community service, pay $721 in restitution and write a public letter of apology, according to a report by First Coast News. She was 15 at the time of her arrest and visiting her grandparents in St. Augustine. She was arrested with a 19-year-old man three days after the vandalism was discovered, the television station reported. She admitted to having the paint, but denied doing any of the painting. She was found guilty this week of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. The 19-year-old partner received more than seven times the community service when he was sentenced in November.

The courts are typically more lenient with juvenile arrests, and the laws are set up that way. For crimes such as this - vandalism, petit theft, possession of marijuana or a minor in possession of alcohol - the penalties are not as stiff as for adults. But that doesn't mean charges should not be taken serious. In fact, it's the opposite. If your child or a loved one's child winds up on the wrong end of the law, it's important that it is handled the right way to prevent future damage. Juvenile Attorneys will often negotiate what is called a "withhold of adjudication," which means the person will not be listed as being convicted, provided the terms of the agreement are met. Those terms are often similar to what was given in the Bridge of Lions case - community service, probation and a fine, maybe even a class on alcohol or drugs, depending on the offense.

Teen-agers make mistakes. It happens. But it is crucial to make sure the consequences do not hurt him or her down the road, if that can be avoided. In many cases, the conviction can even be removed from the person's record. Our Jacksonville Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney has represented countless teenagers, many of whom have taken their punishment and moved on - staying out of trouble going forward. Our Duval County criminal defense firm defends many juvenile clients.

If you need a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County violent crimes lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Man fights off intruder in Jacksonville home

February 15, 2012

A Jacksonville man bloodied an intruder he found standing in front of his television one morning last week, shortly after his girlfriend had left for work. The resident was in the bathroom of his Westside Jacksonville home and, when he walked into the living room, he saw a man standing there, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. The resident hit the suspect from behind, knocking the intruder into the television. A fight ensued and the would-be-burglar smashed a lamp on the resident's head, giving the suspect the time he needed to make a run for it, the newspaper reported. The resident told police to look for a man who was bleeding, but no reports of an arrest have surfaced.

The resident is not expected to face any charges, highlighting the laws that allow people to defend themselves. If someone is threatening you, especially in your home, the law allows you the right to protect yourself. The protections expanded further several years ago with the so-called "Stand Your Ground" law that allows people to respond with force, even lethal force, if a reasonable person would believe their life is in danger. Now there are limitations in the law and this isn't the wild, wild west. Some people are under the impression that if someone takes three steps onto their property they can come out with guns a blazin'. Not true. The key is the threat. In this case, according to the police reports, there was clearly someone in the house that was not invited or permitted to be there. He was standing in front of a television, likely one he was planning to steal. The resident has every right to protect himself and to try to get the intruder out of his home.
Self-defense cases can be tricky. At the end of the day, it could be up to a jury deciding how much the person was actually threatened and what they would have done in a similar situation.

If you need a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County violent crimes lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

DUI arrests of women on the rise

February 13, 2012

The number of women arrested for Driving Under the Influence has jumped 36 percent, while arrests of men for the same charge are down 10 percent, research shows.
The new stats were compiled by AAA and reported by News4Jax. The study comes on the heels of another report that Jacksonville has the fourth most DUI arrests among the 25 largest cities in the nation. Yet not all of those arrests will result in a conviction.

Often times, the crux of a DUI case in Jacksonville is the traffic stop. In some cases, the judge will throw out the stop and could even dismiss the charges outright. In order to even approach the vehicle, the officer must have some reasonable suspicion the driver is committing a crime or breaking a traffic law - speeding, driving recklessly, etc. Once the officer makes the initial stop and sees the suspect, the bar raises. More suspicious activity must be seen or detected - watery eyes, slurred speech, the odor of alcohol beverages, to name a few -- to ask the person to perform field sobriety exercises. If that hurdle is cleared, in the officers' judgment, field sobriety exercises are next. Contrary to popular belief and urban/suburban legend, the officer will not ask someone to recite the alphabet backward. But what someone can expect is being asked to: recite the alphabet or a series of numbers in order; walk in a straight line and turn around; stand on one leg, then with both legs together to test balance and to move your arms to touch your fingers to your nose.

All of these tests are scored and, if the suspect does not score well, he or she will be arrested for DUI in Duval, Clay and Nassau County. From there, police will ask the person to take a breath test.

The steps are long, complicated and just one mistake found by the right Jacksonville criminal defense attorney can flip the case. In Jacksonville, the sheriff's office has a unit specifically for DUI enforcement and will call one of those specialized officer to the scene if there is a suspected impaired driver. And even cases with the expert DUI officers are thrown out. And like those specially trained officers, our Jacksonville DUI Defense Law Firm knows each and every step that must be followed.

If you or a loved one needs a DUI attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County drunk driving attorney is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Man pleads guilty to killing Somer Thompson, gets life in prison

February 10, 2012

A Clay County child abduction and killing that grabbed national headlines reached its legal conclusion this week, as Jared Harrell pleaded guilty to killing 7-year-old Somer Thompson. As part of the deal, the state agreed not to seek the death penalty against Harrell, 26. He pleaded guilty to six counts, including murder and rape in the Somer killing, charges in a molestation of a young niece and child pornography. The plea caught many off guard, especially since the state had been reluctant to waive the death penalty in recent years and a trial was scheduled for later this year, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. State Attorney Angela Corey refuted claims about issues with Harrell's confession and the DNA evidence, saying the plea would prevent years of appeals that are standard in death sentences.

Somer was abducted on her way home from a Clay County school in October 2009. Her body was found in a Georgia landfill two days later. Harrell was arrested on child porn charges four months later in Mississippi and named a person of interest in the case, then charged with Somer's murder. A trial would have likely brought national media to the sleepy Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs. A not guilty verdict would have sent shockwaves through the small community. But it would not have been the end of the legal road for Harrell. While the murder of Somer got the headlines, he still faced a handful of other charges - six of them mandatory life felonies. So if Harrell was found guilty of any of those six, he would receive the same penalty he got last week - life in prison.

Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorney sees hundreds of cases that are uphill battles. This case would certainly apply. Getting the best possible sentence is paramount to the representation and, in this case - given the mountain of cases against Harrell on top of the murder charge - sparing Harrell's life is about all his Clay County criminal defense attorneys could do.

If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense attorney in Orange Park or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Clay County violent crimes and sex crimes lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Federal judge goes well below guidelines in sentencing in Jacksonville Port Authority bribery case

February 8, 2012

Federal sentencing guidelines called for 10 years in prison for Tony Nelson, a Jacksonville businessman convicted of accepting bribes in his role as chairman of the Jacksonville Port Authority. Last week, Nelson was sentenced to 40 months in prison - exactly one-third of the time recommended by the guidelines. He was convicted in May of bribery, money laundering and lying to the FBI.

Nelson was a powerful businessman with powerful friends, evidenced by those who spoke on his behalf in federal court - from former Mayor John Delaney to former Sheriff Nat Glover, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. Sentencing guidelines are just that - guidelines. They are built by a formula that considers the type of crime a person is convicted of and weighs other factors, including previous criminal record, to give the judge a recommended range for a sentence. In many cases, those guidelines are followed. But, ultimately, the decision rests with the judge.

This case is a prime example that, while the trial itself in a criminal case gets a lot of the attention and glitz, a powerful sentencing argument with people backing the defendant can also make an enormous difference. A dozen people spoke on Nelson's behalf and the judge said he received 247 letters of support backing Nelson. Those who testified spoke about Nelson's character and that the area of the law regulating bribes versus business is gray enough that they believe Nelson did not intentionally do anything illegal.
That doesn't mean in every case you put every aunt, neighbor and teacher on the stand to talk about what a great boy or girl the person now convicted used to be. But it is an opportunity for the defendant to show remorse for his or her crime and have friends and associates tell the judge about the person's character and likelihood of reoffending.
Our Jacksonville criminal defense law firm thoroughly researches every aspect of a criminal case - from the arrest all the way to the sentencing, if it gets that far. We have represented thousands of clients in Northeast Florida and tailor each defense strategy to the particular case.

If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County white collar crime lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

State Attorney wants to send message in case of ex-principal charged with lying to cops

February 6, 2012

State Attorney Angela Corey publicly laid out her expectations of the consequences for two former Raines High School administrators accused of trying to protect students by giving police false information. Corey told the Florida Times-Union she expects former principal George Maxey and assistant principal Oscar Harris, who still works at the school, to "show up in court and handle this issue." Corey said she would likely be seeking community service hours as a possible sentence for the two men.

Both face the Jacksonville misdemeanor charge of providing false information to police in connection with the theft of electronics and other items from the visitors' locker room during a football game at Raines last fall. The maximum penalty is a year in the county jail. Maxey was forced to resign in the December and the charge was filed in late January. Typically, the elected official would not get into the weeds on a Duval County misdemeanor case. But this one is different. Community leaders and those active in the school have rallied to Maxey's defense after his ouster - acknowledging he made a serious mistake, but that the punishment was too severe. Criminal charges only ratcheted up those cries.

Sometimes it's not always the charge but who is being charged that makes the difference in whether top officials from the prosecutor's office get involved. Police do not like being lied to, and if they can use the case against Maxey to send a message that it lying to officers carries a penalty, they will. Messages are an inherent part of the give and take of the criminal justice system. Judges will, at times, make sure a stiff sentence is handed down in a courtroom full of defendants awaiting arraignment, so the whole crowd knows he or she means business.

Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorney, Tori Mussallem, has represented thousands of clients and has practiced in Jacksonville for over a decade. Our Duval County criminal attorney knows the cases that get attention, knows when to push back publicly and when to handle the matter discreetly to resolve a case.

If you or a loved one needs a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our Duval County criminal lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

St. Augustine police find DNA match in 2007 jewelry theft

February 3, 2012

Police regularly use DNA and other high-tech forensic evidence to nab people accused of murder, rape and other violent crimes. But a jewelry heist? St. Augustine detectives have, and say DNA evidence has led them to Shawn Slattery, a former employee of Vaccaro Estate Jewelry, according to a report in the St. Augustine Record. When the robbery was reported in 2007, police found the front door and several jewelry cases smashed. An officer found blood on a shard of glass and submitted it to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, but no match was found at the time, the newspaper reported.

Now, a match has come back to Slattery, though it is not clear why it did not match the first time. By now, Slattery is on the lam and police are trying to hunt him down. The owner reported nearly $100,000 of merchandise missing and police said Slattery would not have been in the store as an employee to have his blood in the store. DNA is a complicated science and while the TV crime dramas lead people to believe DNA is an iron-clad lock, there are actually several degrees to a "match." The details of the scientific report will tell how exact of a match it is. For example, in some cases it can be as vague as the DNA could belong to one of every four African American men or one of every 10 Caucasian women. Hardly iron clad.

Our St. Johns County criminal defense lawyer knows what to look for in a DNA report and has a Rolodex of experts who can testify on the nuances of the evidence - or lack thereof. If you need a criminal defense attorney in St. Augustine or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our St. Johns County grand theft lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

St. Augustine woman found guilty of bilking investors for $100 million

February 1, 2012

Jurors convicted a St. Augustine Beach businesswoman and philanthropist of running a Ponzi scheme to rip off more than $100 million from investors. Lydia Cladek, 67, was found guilty of four counts of wire fraud, nine counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy. She is expected to be sentenced within the next three months, according to a report in the Florida Times-Union. Cladek's pitch was buying subprime car loans from dealers at reduced rates and telling investors she was securing their money with those notes, according to the newspaper report. But none of that was true and, what she did pay in interest on older accounts came from new money people gave her - not from the actual earnings. She grew Lydia Cladek Inc. to a business with more than 100 employees, but had left town by the time the feds raided her business in May 2010. She was arrested seven months later.

Cladek's criminal defense attorney argued she was free to pursue legitimate business interests, according to the report. But prosecutors painted a far grimmer picture of a swindler who dried up unsuspecting investors' retirement accounts and life's savings.
The jury chose swindler, convicting Cladek on all counts. Jurors are human. They watch TV, they know what's going on around them. And sometimes, the timing of charges given the current landscape can be a deciding factor in a case. Cladek's case comes not too long after Bernard Madoff put the Ponzi scheme square back in the American lexicon. Madoff, who was an investor for the stars and other wealthy moguls, is serving life in prison for running a $500 billion Ponzi scheme.

And make no mistake, Madoff's name was likely invoked freely in Cladek's case. That can cut both ways. On the other side, many Jacksonville defense attorneys would bring up Brenton Butler, a teen who was acquitted of murder charges after it was found detectives intimidated and beat a confession out of Butler. The Butler case was the subject of an Academy Award-winning documentary and led to changes in how the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office interrogates suspects.

Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorney has picked dozens of juries, and knows what questions to ask and what to look for to try to draw out biases and opinions as it relates to the news of the day.

If you need a criminal defense attorney in St. Augustine Beach or the surrounding area, call The Mussallem Law Firm, PA at (904) 365-5200 for a free consultation. Our St. Johns County theft and fraud lawyer is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.