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When Youth are Charged as Adults

By Deric Zacca, PA |

During the get tough era in Florida, between 2006 and 2011, nearly 16,000 youth under age 18 were charged as adults in Florida courtrooms. The idea was that, whether the crime was violent or not, “super-predators” were emerging from the ranks of juvenile offenders, and they needed to be handled with swift and harsh… Read More »


Defending Against Charges of Bank Fraud

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Attorney Michael Cohen was President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, and he is under federal criminal investigation.  His legal troubles have brought bank fraud to into the public eye. It seems Cohen secured a couple of lines of credit, using real estate to secure the lines of credit.  Questions as to whether or not… Read More »


A Way to Be Removed From Florida’s Sex-Offender Registry

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A sex crime conviction will change your life forever. To be sure, the details of the crime determine the penalties you will face. There happens to be a Florida law that many people don’t know about –or misunderstand– that can be a lifesaver for certain individuals convicted of statutory sex crimes; it’s commonly referred… Read More »


When is Use of Force Justified?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

You are asleep in your home, when suddenly the sound of an intruder jolts you to your feet. You creep through the darkness toward the noise, your mind racing. In one hand you hold your revolver and in the other a heavy trophy. What will you do when you come face to face with… Read More »


Did an Improper Search Result in Charges Against You?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Traffic stops occur thousands of times every day in this country. Most of the time, they are relatively uneventful. But in some cases, those stops result in criminal charges and jail time. If your rights were violated, it could mean the case will have to be dropped. An experienced criminal defense attorney is your… Read More »


Does Race Impact Sentencing Outcomes in Florida?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

As much as we’d all like to think that racism is a thing of the past, the fact of the matter is that racial disparity is all too real in many critical aspects of Florida living, not the least of which is the criminal justice system. Inequity Perpetuated in the Courtroom  The data is… Read More »


Cyber Crime

By Deric Zacca, PA |

For years when one thought about cyber crime, the focus was on the theft of classified data from government or corporate computers. But cyber crimes encompass acts far beyond hacking into confidential materials to cause financial harm or technical disruptions. Whatever your involvement in the world of cyber activity, you will need a good… Read More »


Florida Drug Laws

By Deric Zacca, PA |

If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Florida, you are facing some stiff repercussions. The Florida legislature takes drug crimes very seriously, and the penalties can affect your future for years to come. Working with an experienced attorney can make an immense difference in the outcome, as plea bargains and other legal… Read More »


Obstruction of Justice

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Obstruction of justice has become well-known to the public due to recent questions involving members of the executive branch. Ultimately, anyone who is the subject of an obstruction investigation would be wise to listen to talented legal counsel when it comes to potential charges. What is Obstruction of Justice?  Both a federal and state… Read More »


College Basketball Reels Under Corruption Charges

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Cash bribes. Concealed payments. Quid pro quo deals. Sounds like something from a suspense novel, right? But would you believe that these are all allegations related to college basketball recruitment? That’s right, college basketball is currently under the FBI’s microscope, and the University of Miami’s men’s program is one of the schools getting their… Read More »