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Florida Puts Greater Burden on Prosecutors in Stand Your Ground Cases

Florida Puts Greater Burden on Prosecutors in Stand Your Ground Cases In Bretherick v. State, 170 So.3d 766 (Fla. 2015), the Supreme Court of Florida concluded that the Fifth District Court of Appeal correctly determined that the defendant bears the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, to demonstrate entitlement to Stand Your Ground immunity at the pretrial evidentiary hearing. The Court noted that in Dennis v. State, 51 So.3d 456 (Fla. 2010), it approved… Read more

Woman Accused of Fatal DUI Crash Being Represented by Evan Hoffman

Woman Accused of Fatal DUI Crash Being Represented by Evan Hoffman A 32-year-old woman facing multiple criminal charges after an April 8 crash in Key West that killed an off-duty Delray Beach police officer and left another critically injured is being represented by Broward County criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman. Key West police told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that the alleged offender had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.17 based on a blood… Read more

Woman Facing DUI Manslaughter Charges After Broward Crash

Woman Facing DUI Manslaughter Charges After Broward Crash The Sun-Sentinel reported on May 26 that a 29-year-old Coral Springs woman was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) manslaughter nearly two months after a crash in Tamarac. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the alleged offender drover through a red light and collided with a Toyota Scion XB, critically injuring its 73-year-old driver.  The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Tamarac man who was driving… Read more

Senate Bill 494 –Compensation of Victims of Wrongful Incarceration

Senate Bill 494 –Compensation of Victims of Wrongful Incarceration Senate Bill Will Reduce Clean Hands When a person is wrongfully accused of a crime, it can have absolutely devastating effects on their lives. Not only must you spend time in prison and are subject to fines, but you are forced to navigate society with the stigma "criminal." Being convicted of a felony offense makes it difficult for you to obtain employment, many professional licenses, or pursuing… Read more

Mandatory Minimums Still Issue in Florida

Mandatory Minimums Still Issue in Florida WTSP-TV reported on April 13 that a Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) video detailing the story of Michael Giles has been viewed nearly 50,000 times on Facebook in two days and a Change.org petition calling on Governor Rick Scott and the Clemency Board to commute Giles’ sentence had more than 130,000 supporters. Giles was sentenced to the 25 years in prison required by Florida’s 10-20-Life… Read more

Florida Rapper Arrested for Violation of Probation

Florida Rapper Arrested for Violation of Probation Dieuson Octave is the 19-year-old Pompano Beach native better known by his stage name Kodak Black, the rapper who gained popularity after Drake posted an Instagram video of himself dancing to Kodak’s song “Skrt.” The Palm Beach Post reported on March 1 that Octave was being held in the Broward County Jail without bond after a court ruled that he violated the terms of his probation.  The hip hop magazine… Read more

Marijuana Concentrates in Florida

Marijuana Concentrates in Florida A new trend in marijuana consumption has emerged. Marijuana is now being consumed in wax, oil, and butter form. These concentrated forms of marijuana are highly potent with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the active ingredient that gets users "high" when they use marijuana. The process for creating waxes and oils can be very dangerous. The most common method involves using butane to extract the… Read more

State Sentencing Guidelines

State Sentencing Guidelines Before 1983, criminal defendant had no reliable way of determining what type of sentence they may be receiving following a criminal conviction. Florida lacked a clear set of guidelines for judges when determining an appropriate sentence for a criminal defendant. Felony convictions could carry a maximum penalty ranging anywhere from five years imprisonment to life imprisonment depending on the category… Read more

Additional Airport Security Expected After Fort Lauderdale Shooting

Additional Airport Security Expected After Fort Lauderdale Shooting The mass shooting on January 6 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport resulted in the deaths of five people as well as six injured in the shooting and several others who suffered injuries in the pandemonium that occurred during the shooting. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel stated that suspected gunman Esteban Santiago-Ruiz, a military veteran, was arrested without incident.  Authorities… Read more

I have been issued an order of Protection. Am I facing legal trouble?

I have been issued an order of Protection. Am I facing legal trouble? A protective order is a legal order issued by a state that requires one person to stop harming another. There are 2 ways an order of protection can be executed. One way is through the criminal justice system, the other is through a civil court. A civil domestic violence action consists of someone asking the court to protect them from a person abusing them. You are not asking for the person to be charged… Read more
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Evan A. Hoffman

Evan A. Hoffman

Mr. Hoffman’s philosophy is "our knowledge and experience is your best defense." He has been a featured author on criminal law issues such as driving under the influence, domestic violence and illegal searches.

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