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Mental Health Issues and Criminal Justice

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Mental health issues could be a factor when one is charged with criminal behavior.  When it does, the question that needs to be answered is whether incarceration is the appropriate response when individuals with mental illnesses commit crimes in Florida?  While the merits of every case must be weighed individually, it is clear that… Read More »


Statute of Limitations and Criminal Prosecution

By Deric Zacca, PA |

If a prosecutor determines that charges should be filed against a suspect, there are certain rules that must be adhered to.  Time limits on filing charges, referred to as the statute of limitations, have been established for a number of reasons.  The time limits vary for different charges, but they have been established for… Read More »


Defending Against Murder Charges

By Deric Zacca, PA |

If you have been accused of murder in the state of Florida, you are facing substantial consequences. An experienced Fort Lauderdale homicide defense attorney is necessary to identity and develop available defenses.   Understanding the details of the case and determining an identifying an available defense strategy is crucial.  Below are just some of the… Read More »


Cryptocurrency, Ponzi-schemes, and Fraud: Modern Crimes in America

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A $9 million scam led to the imprisonment of a man who built what was effectively a Ponzi-scheme, selling the virtual currency known as PayCoin. In addition to prison time, the perpetrator will later experience years of supervised release, and has been mandated to pay restitution to all of his victims. If you are… Read More »


Witness Tampering

By Deric Zacca, PA |

When Ezell Finklea was gunned down while returning from a fast food pick-up, it was on the eve of providing testimony in a murder trial. Finklea had been intimidated prior to the ambush with a home break-in, and had also been offered bribes to silence him, but Finklea was committed to testifying. His murder… Read More »


Understanding the First Step Act

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Congress ended 2018 by passing significant criminal justice reform legislation called the First Step Act. It will impact sentencing requirements for federal crimes and offer opportunities to reduce the time behind bars in multiple ways for inmates across the country. President Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 27, 2018. If you have… Read More »


Factors Impacting Plea Deals

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Individuals who are charged with crimes are typically concerned about how a guilty verdict could impact their lives. Will they face incarceration? Are fines going to be imposed? Will having a criminal record ultimately affect their ability to secure housing, employment, or other essentials of life? Sometimes, they wonder if accepting a plea deal… Read More »


Laws Related to Environmental Hazards

By Deric Zacca, PA |

When a cluster of cancer cases showed up in Satellite Beach, some immediately suspected an environmental hazard as the culprit. After all, what other explanation could there be for having 17 cases of cancer among individuals of the same approximate ages and in the same general area? And with Patrick Air Force Base right… Read More »


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 »