Pasco Criminal Defense Attorney Denied Access to Client – Conviction Overturned

Is a defendant allowed access to an attorney when questioned by the police?

 

Not in Pasco County, Florida – Until this week, a Pasco Criminal Defense Attorney could be denied access to a client who was under interrogation by detectives. A running joke in this small Florida county was that, “The Supreme Court closes at 5 o’clock.” The cops here run over defendant’s rights with great pride and have the support of the Prosecutors.

“he must be clearly informed that he has the right to

consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer

with him during interrogation”

Pasco Criminal Defense Attorney

“I want all questioning to stop. ” Said the Pasco Criminal Defense Attorney

Is a defendant allowed access to an attorney when questioned by the police? Let’s take a look at the issue as decided by the Florida Supreme Court. Pasco County detectives were up to their old tricks in violating a defendant’s rights in a murder case. The Florida Supreme Court has reversed a murder conviction.

A Pasco County Criminal Defense Attorney retained by the family arrived at the police interrogation. After determining that The defendant was being interrogated in the building, the deputy at the counter advised the attorney that it would not be possible to convey any information to the location where The defendant was being questioned by any means, including e-mail, telephone, a knock on the door, or even a note slipped under the door. Although the attorney stated:

“I want all questioning to stop.

I don’t want anymore [sic] questioning

to go on without my presence.”

The attorney was not allowed to see or otherwise communicate with the defendant in any manner. Facing that insurmountable obstacle, the attorney departed from the sheriff’s office at 2:17 p.m., just ten minutes before the defendant commenced his confession. The defendant was first informed about the presence of the attorney only after he directed the detectives to the burial site.

What is in the Miranda Warnings?

We have all seen countless television shows where cops give warnings to suspects. Apparently these cops did not watch television or chose to avoid the important provisions of the landmark Constitutional decision, Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). However, we can go right to the language used by the United States Supreme Court to see what they told police and prosecutors 50 years ago:

“The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he has the right to remain silent, and that anything he says will be used against him in court; he must be clearly informed that he has the right to consult with a lawyer and to have the lawyer with him during interrogation, and that, if he is indigent, a lawyer will be appointed to represent him.” Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966). Let’s see what the Florida Supreme Court said about this type of police conduct.

“defendant’s statement resulted from a law enforcement officer’s illegal actions,

that evidence is ‘fruit of the poisonous tree’ and the trial court should exclude it

from trial.”

Pasco Criminal Defense Attorney Case Excerpts

 

“In light of the foregoing, we hold that McAdams’s right to due process under the Florida Constitution was violated when law enforcement officers failed to inform him that an attorney retained by his parents had arrived”

“There is not necessarily a single specific comment, question, or circumstance that converts an encounter from noncustodial to custodial. A situation can commence as a voluntary interaction with police, but slowly intensify and become more pressured, pointed, and accusatory until it evolves into custodial status.”

“[W]e hold that when a person is questioned in a location that is not open to the public, and an attorney retained on his or her behalf appears at the location, the Due Process Clause of the Florida Constitution requires that law enforcement notify the person with regard to the presence and purpose of the attorney, regardless of whether he or she is in custody.”

“In Miranda, the Supreme Court explained that: the Fifth Amendment privilege is available outside of criminal court proceedings and serves to protect persons in all settings in which their freedom of action is curtailed in any significant way from being compelled to incriminate themselves. We have concluded that without proper safeguards the process of in-custody interrogation of persons suspected or accused of crime contains inherently compelling pressures which work to undermine the individual’s will to resist and to compel him to speak where he would not otherwise do so freely. 384 U.S. at 467. Failure to provide the Miranda warnings prior to custodial interrogation generally requires exclusion from trial of any post-custody statements given. Missouri v. Seibert, 542 U.S. 600, 608 (2004); see also Deviney v. State, 112 So. 3d 57, 79 (Fla. 2013) (“[I]f a defendant’s statement resulted from a law enforcement officer’s illegal actions, that evidence is ‘fruit of the poisonous tree’ and the trial court should exclude it from trial.”).”

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Summary

Here is the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Summary of State v. McAdams, 41 Fla. L. Weekly S167a (Fla. 2016) – This matter is before the Court for review of the decision in McAdams v. State, 137 So. 3d 401 (Fla. 2d DCA 2014). In its decision, the district court ruled upon a question that it certified to be of great public importance. The Sheriff’s Office was notified that Lynda, the estranged wife of McAdams, and her boyfriend/coworker, Andrews, had been reported missing by concerned family members. A detective was questioning McAdams at the police department, when an attorney hired by his parents arrived. McAdams was first informed about the presence of the attorney only after he showed detectives where the victims were buried. When an individual is being questioned in a non-public area, and an attorney retained on his or her behalf arrives at the location, the Due Process Clause of the Florida Constitution requires that the police notify the individual of the attorney’s presence and purposes, regardless of custodial status. His right to due process under the Florida Constitution was violated when the officers failed to inform him that the attorney had arrived. Although custodial status is irrelevant to a person’s right under the Florida Constitution to know that an attorney retained on his or her behalf is present at the location where he or she is being questioned, the trial court and district court erred when they’’determined he was not in custody before he confessed to the homicides. A Miranda violation’’occurred when his confession was admitted during the trial. Although he was not in custody’’initially when he voluntarily accompanied law enforcement to the sheriff’s office, the evolving’’circumstances would lead a reasonable person to conclude that he or she was not at liberty to’’terminate the encounter and depart from the sheriff’s office. The erroneous admission of the’’highly detailed confession was not harmless error.

Sources:

State v McAdams https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/2016/sc14-788.pdf

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).

FACDL

Vehicular Homicide in Florida

Vehicular Homicide Florida Lawyer

Vehicular Homicide Florida Law

Can a Speeding Vehicle that crashes and results in the Death of a Passenger Result in Vehicular Homicide Charges in Florida?

Vehicular Homicide charges can be filed after a death in a crash. However, speed alone will not be enough to be convicted. The law differentiates between negligent driving conduct, which exposes a wrongdoer to civil liability, and criminal driving conduct, which subjects a person to incarceration and other criminal sanctions. Case law strictly construes criminal driving statutes to prevent the net of the criminal law from sweeping so broadly that it snares all conduct, both criminal and negligent. The lenity principle codified at section 775.021(1)- (2), Florida Statutes (2014), requires criminal statutes to be strictly construed in the accused’s favor. See State v. Byars, 823 So. 2d 740, 742 (Fla. 2002); McGhee v. State, 847 So. 2d 498, 503 (Fla. 4th DCA 2003).

Part of the rationale for this approach is historical, deriving from common law crimes, where there was “the ancient requirement of a culpable state of mind.” Morissette v. United States, 342 U.S. 246, 250 (1952). To blur the line between mere negligence and criminal intent would, borrowing Justice Jackson’s words, “ease the prosecution’s path to conviction, [ ] strip the defendant of such benefit as he derived at common law from innocence of evil purpose, and [ ] circumscribe the freedom heretofore allowed juries.” Id. at 263.

Consistent with this view, the Florida Supreme Court has held “statutes criminalizing simple negligence to be unconstitutional.” State v. Smith, 638 So. 2d 509, 510 (Fla. 1994). “[U]nintentional conduct [ ] not generated by culpable negligence” will not support criminal liability. State v. Hamilton, 388 So. 2d 561, 563 (Fla. 1980); see also State v. Winters, 346 So. 2d 991, 994 (Fla. 1977). Case law applying the statute at issue here preserves the distinction between negligence and criminal conduct. “‘Vehicular homicide’ is the killing of a human being . . . caused by the operation of a motor vehicle by another in a reckless manner likely to cause death of, or great bodily harm to, another.” § 782.071, Fla. Stat. (2014). “The degree of culpability required for vehicular homicide is less than that necessary to prove manslaughter, but it is more than a mere failure to use ordinary care.” Stracar v. State, 126 So. 3d 379, 381 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013). “Vehicular homicide cannot be proven without also proving the elements of reckless driving, which requires proof of a ‘willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.’” Santisteban v. State, 72 So. 3d 187, 195 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011) (quoting § 316.192(1)(a), Fla. Stat.). “‘Willful’ means ‘intentional, knowing, and purposeful,’ and ‘wanton’ means with a ‘conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with knowledge that damage is likely to be done to persons or property.’” Lewek v. State, 702 So. 2d 527, 530-31 (Fla. 4th DCA 1997) (quoting Fla. Std. Jury Instr. (Crim.)).

“In determining whether a defendant was driving recklessly, the essential inquiry is whether the defendant knowingly drove the vehicle in such a manner and under such conditions as was likely to cause death or great bodily harm.” Santisteban, 72 So. 3d at 195. Although the defendant need not have foreseen the specific circumstances causing the death of the victim, the defendant should have reasonably foreseen that the same general type of harm might occur if he knowingly drove his vehicle under circumstances that would likely cause death or great bodily harm to another. Id. “Speed alone does not constitute reckless conduct unless the speed is shown to be grossly excessive.” Rubinger v. State, 98 So. 3d 659, 662 (Fla. 4th DCA 2012).

In cases affirming convictions for vehicular homicide or manslaughter by culpable negligence, it is excessive speed, in combination with other factors, that support the convictions. For example, in Copertino v. State, the defendant was driving 90.41 mph in a residential area in a Honda Civic packed with nine persons, “7 of whom were crammed into the back seat without seatbelts.” 726 So. 2d 330, 333 (Fla. 4th DCA 1999). We held that these facts evinced “the required reckless disregard for human life or the consequences on the safety of his passengers” contemplated by the manslaughter statute. Id.

Similarly, in Pozo v. State, the defendant was looking for a compact disc when driving anywhere from 67-90 mph in a residential neighborhood, while heading into a rain shower. 963 So. 2d 831, 833-34 (Fla. 4th DCA 2007). We held these facts to be sufficient to withstand a motion for judgment of acquittal. Id. at 834.

Recently, this Court affirmed the denial of the defendant’s motion for judgment of acquittal on a vehicular homicide charge. Opsincs v. State, 185 So. 3d 654 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016). “The State’s expert testified that the speed limit was 50 mph and that appellant’s speed was 69 mph at the time of impact. The roads were wet from the rain earlier in the day.” Id. at 657. Moreover, “[i]mmediately before the accident, appellant swerved through traffic, rapidly approached the traffic light while looking down and without braking, and ran a light that had been red for nine seconds before impact.” Id. And in Lewek v. State, the defendant was traveling 60 mph on a residential road with a 45 mph speed limit, in a car with unsafe equipment, and he ran a red light that had been red for five seconds. 702 So. 2d at 531. We held these facts sufficient to support two vehicular homicide convictions. Id.; see also Santisteban, 72 So. 3d at 196 (vehicular manslaughter conviction affirmed where driver of a gasoline tanker filled with 9,000 gallons of fuel went 56-60 mph on a curving highway ramp with an advisory speed of 35 mph, while weaving and cutting off other drivers).

In Stracar v. State, 126 So. 3d 379 (Fla. 4th DCA 2013). There, this Court reversed convictions for two counts of vehicular homicide after finding that the state failed to show that the defendant was driving in a reckless manner. Id. at 380. In denying Stracar’s motions for judgment of acquittal, the trial court detailed the facts of the case: The evidence at trial was that the Defendant [Stracar] was driving a vehicle which left the roadway, traveled along a sidewalk and a grassy area, crossed a divided roadway and hit a sign which launched the car over a median of the intersecting street and land[ed] on the victims [sic] car crushing the two occupants. Ms. Stracar traveled … for over 500 feet at approximately 40 miles per hour. She suffered no serious injuries and was found conscious in her vehicle at the scene. She had to be removed through the roof due to crash damage. Id. “There was no evidence of any braking or other attempt by appellant to avoid the crash, nor were there any curves in the roadway which would have contributed to appellant losing control of her vehicle.” Id. at 380-81. Moreover, at the time of the incident, “the weather conditions were optimal and the pavement was dry.” Id. at 381. Three hours after the accident, Stracar’s blood test results indicated a blood alcohol level of “less than .02%, THC from marijuana use at some undetermined time, oxycodone at a potentially therapeutic level, and Xanax within therapeutic levels.” Id. There was no evidence of unsafe or erratic driving prior to the accident. Id. This Court held that “appellant’s actions, while certainly negligent, did not rise to the level of recklessness sufficient to sustain the convictions for vehicular homicide.” Id. [W]hat was missing from the State’s proof in this case is evidence that the appellant, in an intentional, knowing and purposeful manner, was driving at the time of the incident in a manner demonstrating a conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with knowledge that damage is likely to be done to persons or property. Id. at 382.

Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Summary

 

Here is the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Summary of Damoah v. State, 41 Fla. L. Weekly D957b (Fla. 4 th DCA 2016) –  Damoah drove a car that crashed on a I-95 exit ramp. The crash caused the death of her  boyfriend. She was convicted of vehicular homicide and sentenced to 12 years in prison. On the  date of the incident, the exit ramp was technically a Department of Transportation construction  zone, even though no construction machinery or barriers were present. Construction had been  finished and the roadway repaved, but the Department had not yet given its final approval. As a  result, no speed limit signs were posted. The evidence was insufficient to support the conviction  for vehicular homicide. Excessive speed alone, without a showing of other reckless conduct, is  insufficient to support a vehicular homicide conviction. The evidence was also insufficient to  support a conviction for the lesser included offenses of reckless driving and culpable negligence.  The court remanded for the trial court to enter a judgment of acquittal and discharge her.

Source: https://www.4dca.org/opinions/April%202016/04-20-16/4D14-2412.op.pdf

Seizure | When has a Suspect or Defendant been Seized?

A seizure occurs when a reasonable person in the defendant’s position would not feel free to terminate the encounter.

Detention Arrest Seizure Florida

When has a Seizure of a Suspect or Defendant Occurred?

Recently I reviewed a case where the cop told a suspect that if he moved, he would be shot. He was not handcuffed or arrested at that point. Was this a seizure? YES The term “seizure” is an important concept in criminal defense. A person can be “seized” before he is actually restrained by physical force at the moment when, given all the circumstances, a reasonable person would believe he is not free to leave. Michigan v. Chesternut, 486 U.S. 567, 573 (1988). As the Supreme Court reaffirmed in Florida v. Bostick,, the test for determining whether a Terry stop has taken place “is whether a reasonable person would feel free to decline the officers’ requests or otherwise terminate the encounter.” 501 U.S. at 436.

Under Florida law the question of a seizure turns on “whether, taking into account all of the circumstances surrounding the encounter, the police conduct would ‘have communicated to a reasonable person that he was not at liberty to ignore the police presence and go about his business.'” Bostick at 437. The court stressed in Chesternut that there is a need for a seizure test which “calls for consistent application from one police encounter to the next” and permits police “to determine in advance whether the conduct contemplated will implicate the Fourth Amendment.” Chesternut at 574.

“Law enforcement officers do not violate the Fourth Amendment by merely approaching an individual on the street or in another public place, by asking him if he is willing to answer some questions, by putting questions to him if the person is willing to listen, or by offering in evidence in a criminal prosecution his voluntary answers to such questions.” Florida v. Royer, 460 U.S. 491, 497; 523, n. 3 (REHNQUIST, J., dissenting).

Hulk Hogan – 12 Time World Champion Beaten Then WINS – In Court

Appeal Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan Appeal

March 2016 Update

Jury of 6, deliberated 6 Hours and so far has awarded a verdict of $115 Million.

The Florida court ruled that blocking the publication of the Hulk Hogan sex tape that was made in the Tampa Bay Area, “acts as an unconstitutional prior restraint under the First Amendment.” Does anyone want to watch the triumph of First Amendment Rights? We have posted the court’s complete opinion here:

Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Download Court Opinion  

Excerpts from the Court Opinion
The facts, according to the court were, “In 2006, [ Hulk Hogan ]  Mr. Bollea engaged in extramarital sexual relations with a woman in her home. Allegedly without Mr. Bollea’s consent or knowledge, the sexual encounter was videotaped. On or about October 4, 2012, Gawker Media posted a written report about the extramarital affair on its website, including excerpts of the videotaped sexual encounter (“Sex Tape”). [ Hulk Hogan ]  Mr. Bollea maintains that he never consented to the Sex Tape’s release or publication. Gawker Media maintains that it was not responsible for creating the Sex Tape and that it received a copy of the Sex Tape from an anonymous source for no compensation. “
“[ Hulk Hogan ] Mr. Bollea filed a motion for temporary injunction seeking to enjoin Gawker Media and others not participating in this appeal from publishing and otherwise distributing the video excerpts from the sexual encounter and complementary written report. Following a hearing, the circuit court issued an order on April 25, 2012, granting the motion for temporary injunction. “
The Court noted, “We are hard-pressed to believe that [ Hulk Hogan ]  Mr. Bollea truly desired the affair and Sex Tape to remain private or to otherwise be “swept under the rug.” For example, in March 2012, [ Hulk Hogan ]  Mr. Bollea called into TMZ Live, a celebrity and entertainment media outlet, and disclosed that he could not identify the woman in the Sex Tape because he had a number of “conquests” during the time it was filmed. Hulk Hogan – I Have NO IDEA Who My Sex Tape Partner Is, TMZ (March 7, 2012, 1:50 PM),”
“Furthermore, in October 2012, [ Hulk Hogan ]  Mr. Bollea appeared on The Howard Stern Show and professed that his good friend, Todd Alan Clem, known professionally as Bubba the Love Sponge, allowed [ Hulk Hogan ]  Mr. Bollea to have sex with Mr. Clem’s then-wife Heather Clem. Hulk Hogan – Yes, I Banged Bubba’s Wife, TMZ (October 9, 2012, 6:08 AM),”
“[ Hulk Hogan ] Mr. Bollea was certainly not shy about disclosing the explicit details of another affair he had while married to Linda Bollea in his autobiography. See My Life Outside the Ring at 187-88.”

https://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/civil/court-gawker-can-post-hulk-hogan-sex-tape/2161525

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Computer Hacker Guilty of Intrusions – Computer Forensics E Discovery

Defacing Websites

“The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California announced that [a man from] Pleasant Hill, California, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Oakland to hacking into government computers and then defacing government websites with material illegally obtained from those intrusions.

He pleaded guilty to each count of a five-count indictment charging computer crimes in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030. In pleading guilty, [the man] who is known as one of the members of the self-titled hacking group called ‘The Deceptive Duo,’ admitted that he unlawfully accessed computer systems of various federal agencies in April 2002, including the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistic Information Service (DLIS), the Office of Health Affairs (OHA), and NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC). In particular, [the man] admitted that he: Gained unauthorized accessed to DLIS computers in Battle Creek, Michigan, for the purpose of obtaining files that he later used to deface an OHA website hosted on computers in San Antonio, Texas. “

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This information is current as of December 12, 2015. Please check here to see if any of the Criminal Defense Lawyers in this list have since become Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers.

Criminal Trial Lawyer Certification by the Numbers

 

  • 5 years of the Actual Practice of Law
  • 25 Criminal Trials
  • 4 Lawyers Peer review
  • 2 Judges Peer review
  • 45 Hours Additional Training
  • 50 Question Examination followed by
  • 5 Essay Questions on Exam
  • 12 Members Criminal Law Certification Committee review Applicants
  • 1 Criminal Trial Court Memorandum
  • 30 Percent of Legal Practice Involves Criminal Trials

Topics are covered on the Criminal Law Examination Include:

 

  • Rules of criminal procedure;
  • Rules of evidence;
  • Grand jury, immunity, and investigations;
  • Pretrial motion practice and discovery;
  • Statutes which define crimes;
  • Sentencing ;
  • Statutes of limitations;
  • Probation violations;
  • Trial situations;
  • Postconviction,
  • Federal habeas,
  • Appellate practice;
  • Ethics;
  • Search and seizure;
  • Fifth Amendment issues;
  • Sixth Amendment issues;
  • Jury selection;
  • Examination and confrontation of witnesses;
  • Attorney-Client privilege.

“While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as “Florida Bar Board Certified” or as a “specialist.” Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.”

Compare Tampa Criminal Defense Attorneys Sources:

 

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Gasparilla BUI Attorney Lawyer Video – Possession of Alcohol Under 21

BUI BOAT 3054 Attorney Gasparilla Arrest
Possession of Alcohol Under 21 
MISC0112  
Tampa Criminal Defense BUI Attorney will be providing live Arrest Reports we will not be using names, but only the charges made, the time and location of the Gasparilla Arrests  from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. We will have video and updates throughout the day. We will be monitoring several sources including the Hillsborough County Jail on Orient Road near Tampa Florida.


Boating Under the Influence Penalties for BOAT 3054 BUI Boating Under the Influence include jail time, fines up to $500.00 for 1st offenses, up to $1,000 for 2nd offenses, and completion of drug and/or  alcohol rehabilitation programs. 3rd or 4th convictions of BUI are often charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor.Possession of Alcohol Under 21 MISC0112 was the most frequent charge for Gasparilla 2012 Arrests. It appears there were far fewer arrests this year than last year’s 359 arrests. Fox Tampa Bay reports, “Over 200 open container citations were issued and only 16 adults were arrested – 14 of those were misdemeanor charges.” These numbers are consistent with our reporter’s investigation and other sources we monitored.

Criminal Defense Attorney Needed?  


Call 813-222-2220 . While there were several DUI charges in the early morning, it was not until late afternoon that we saw a BUI  Boating Under the Influence Arrest BOAT 3054 in Garrison Channel. In 2010 there were 5 Gasparilla Pirate Fest BUI Boating Under the Influence Arrests. The Police, Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard, and Florida Fish and Wildlife may be using a Mobile Facility this year to process arrests made on the water. Penalties for BUI – boating under the influence can include jail time, fines up to $500.00 for 1st offenses, fines up to $1,000 for 2nd offenses, and drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Those facing 3rd and 4th convictions of BUI are often charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

Orient Road Jail Hillsborough County, Florida near Tampa


Hourly Arrest Updates


11 pm Arrest UpdateNo Gasparilla arrest suspects were booked into the Orient Road Jail this hour. Hopefully it has quieted for the night and no one else will get in trouble. We will be working all weekend, so if anyone has questions call 813-222-2220.


10 pm Arrest Update


BUI Seddon Channel 5:45 pm
BUI Hookers Point 6:38 pm
Obstruct Kennedy 7:22 pm9 pm Arrest Update


Obstruct Ashley St 2:30 pm
Obstruct Platt St 2:30 pm
BUI Hillsborough River 4:29 pm
Trespass Fielding St 4:45 pm
BUI Port of Tampa 5:25 pm
DUI Bay to Bay 5:45 pm
BUI Seddon Channel 5:53 pm

8 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update


Poss Alcohol Minor Bayshore 4:00 pm
Disorderly Conduct  Bayshore 4:16 pm



 
7 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update
 

BUI Garrison Channel 4:09 pm

 
6 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update



Theft Morrison 2:46 pm
Poss Ecstasy Bayshore 2:50 pm
Theft Morrison 3:10 pm
Disorderly Conduct Morrison 3:20 pm



5 pm Arrest Update


Trespass Bayshore 1:15 pm 
Minor Poss Alcohol Bayshore 1:55 pm 
Minor Poss Alcohol Howard 1:55 pm 
Minor Poss Alcohol Howard 2:00 pm 
False ID Howard 2:00 pm 




















4 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update
 

While the early morning was busy at Ashley Drive and Kennedy Boulevard, has been quiet.

 
3 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update
 

All quiet . Makes me wonder if the arrests are being handled at a remote booking facility.

 
2 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update
 

All quiet at the Hillsborough County Jail

 
1 pm Gasparilla Arrest Update
 

All quiet on the Bayfront

 
Noon Gasparilla Arrest Update
 

After quite a bit of early morning DUI activity on Ashley and Kennedy early this morning – seems quiet now.

 
11 am Arrest Update



DUI Bayshore 12:00 Midnite
Battery Platt Street 1:44 am
DUI Kennedy 157 am
DUI Howard Ave 3:35 am
DUI Ashley 4:15 am
DUI Ashley 4:33 am
DUI Platt 4:36 am
DUI Kennedy 4:41am

Latitude 27.947500° N
Longitude 82.458611° WPossession of Alcohol Under 21


Criminal Defense Attorney Needed?  Call 813-222-2220 .

Latitude 27.947500° N
Longitude 82.458611° W

Gasparilla Zero Tolerance Policy includes:

Must be 21 or older to consume alcohol

No trespassing on private property

562.111 Possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21 prohibited.

(1) It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years, except a person employed under the provisions of s. 562.13 acting in the scope of her or his employment, to have in her or his possession alcoholic beverages, except that nothing contained in this subsection shall preclude the employment of any person 18 years of age or older in the sale, preparation, or service of alcoholic beverages in licensed premises in any establishment licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco or the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 562.45, any person under the age of 21 who is convicted of a violation of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083; however, any person under the age of 21 who has been convicted of a violation of this subsection and who is thereafter convicted of a further violation of this subsection is, upon conviction of the further offense, guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(3) In addition to any other penalty imposed for a violation of subsection (1), the court shall direct the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to withhold issuance of, or suspend or revoke, the violator’s driver’s license or driving privilege, as provided in s. 322.056.

Computer Crimes Experts, Mobile Phones, Devices, and SD Card Storage

Computer Crimes Experts Cell Phone SD Forensics

Computer Crimes Experts, Cell Phones and SD cards

Recently I reviewed a computer crime case where the dates on files on an SD card seized by the police, examined by the police computer forensic laboratory, and by a defense expert in computer forensics showed some unusual patterns in the dates of files that allegedly contained contraband. Those files on the SD-card were later the basis of criminal charges and an arrest. There were claims of evidence spoliation. “Spoliation” is a fancy word for tampering. Sometimes a Computer Crimes Experts can come in handy. During a lengthy interrogation by the Prosecutor there were some answers given that may apply to virtually any cases involving data stored on a mobile phone SD card.

Questions and Answers from Computer Crimes Expert testimony on SD Storage Devices in Mobile Devices

 

What are hash values in SD cards and stored files?

 

“These are the hash values of that. That is a method that I use to be able to correlate that picture with the picture on the SD cards, things like that; but it’s a fingerprint. Every file has a unique fingerprint.”

What is the creation date on a file stored on an SD card?

 

“I have seen instances where if a file was moved to another system, the creation date is what the current date is of that system. Because, as far as that system’s concerned, hey, it was created on my system today.”

What about iPhone, where there are no SD storage devices?

 

“For example, with iPhone being a proprietary system, you’re — you’re talking about something that’s an encrypted system and we constantly stay abreast . . . . “-

Do both police and forensic examiners use Cellebrite?

 

“[W]e — as a company, in general, stay abreast of that, the changes there, as I’m sure your group has the same — same challenges. With that, we’re — we ‘ re always challenging our vendors. There’s three primary vendors we use, including Cellebrite, which you guys use, as well. But challenging them to stay abreast of it.”

What is the job of a computer forensic examiner in case involving cell phone data and SD storage devices?

 

“To look at it with the eyes of a computer forensic expert to determine whether the evidence being portrayed was accurate or if there was evidence being omitted or not looked at from a different way and we all know that when you’re looking at it from a prosecution point of view, you look at evidence from that angle. If you’re looking at it from a defense point of view, since I work both sides, I know I’m going to look at the evidence differently in cases because in one you’re trying to find underlying causes one way or another. So I felt my job in this was to look at the evidence to determine whether or not everything was being described accurately and completely.”

Are there different types of files stored on mobile device SD cards?

 

“When you talk about system files, it’s a little bit more complex. The system does many, many things to make your life work better on a computer. And storage locations could be temporary areas; the system just uses and works with. That’s very beneficial to us in a forensic area because that can be very telling as far as how the system was used, what the system is doing, who’s doing what and what’s automatic, what’s not, what’s user initiated, what’s system initiated, all that is good. You can tell that from the temporary areas. There’s also caching areas.”

What are Cache files on an SD card?

 

“Caching areas are when the computer does something and then it goes and does something else, it caches it out, caches something back in; that’s very telling of what’s going on in the system to us. Who initiated, whether it’s automatic, whether it’s deliberate, stuff like that. There is allocated resources, unallocated resources, deleted areas; there’s just a — just a plethora of stuff that the system does and there’s a lot of different storage locations. Now the ones that I’m focusing in on, for this particular case and this particular report, are the ones that, you know, give us telltale sign of something. And I would have to read it real quick here to know what we’re getting at. I was hoping you were going to ask something specific in here, but that’s basically an overview of what storage locations are.”

What is the significance of where files are stored on an SD Card?

 

“So storage locations, I gave you an example to help you understand how storage locations work, the difference between pictures and documents, stuff like that. The system is the same way. It does certain things, it will store them in different places. The other key point here then, also is that in — when you’re talking about the system storage locations, they’re not accessible by the user. These are areas that obviously if the user could access those, you could — you could destroy your system. But these are typically areas that are not accessible by the user. By us, yes, from a forensic point of view.”

Why are system storage files important?

 

“Because, depending on how the device acquired a particular piece of information, whether it be media or text or whatever, how it was — how it came to exist on the phone matters. And system storage can help us to determine that.”

Can date meta data on an SD storage device used on a phone be altered?

 

“I’ve seen people fool that and they’ll put a cell phone in a shield bag in which case it doesn’t make connection; and there is an app, I think, that can change the date. So there’s people that could do things like that but in these particular cases, these were active and that’s really not the issue that I want to get into. The problem is that depending on the software use or how things come about — and it’s called a feature. And there’s a feature that when you take a file and you put it onto a system, that it maintains the original creation date that that particular, let’s say photograph you made, was maintained. And it’s a feature because you want to know that the Christmas of 2004 occurred on December of 2004, not when you happened to move it over there. So it is a feature of something. But then there are some operations when you move things over, and I’ve seen it before because I’ll see stuff come to be on a system, and they’re milliseconds apart, the creation date. And I know that those were — that was a copy operation performed.”

“You plug in the SD card and the metadata is put on the SD card. Last access date in — in doing the correlation was — would be updated on the phone, as well. But let’s say, for instance, if you put
an image, a brand new image on there, and the creation date was last year and you put another image on there, maybe you copied three images and the way you copied it it happened to pick up the date of the computer which was, you know, maybe you changed the date of the computer and you wanted to show it to be last month. Then when you take that SD card and you plug it in the phone, you’re going to see one image with that date from last year as a create date and then you’re going to see three images, milliseconds apart, that are from last month. What I’m saying is that the phone becomes slave to the SD card as far as the metadata –“

Can computer crimes experts discover data files placed on a mobile device without the user’s knowledge?

 

“[J]ust realize that when I’m talking about the push, that the technology is there, that the . . . potential is there for stuff to be pushed on your computer. And of course, the user is oblivious to all this going on. And that’s why you could actually go to a website that had unfortunate information on it and your computer now is a recipient of that information and you, the user, are none the wiser.”

“Sometimes the user doesn’t even know they went somewhere. Sometimes in — in this world of malware and viral attacks and exploitation of compu — of people’s identities, there’s a lot of times — like, and I use the term unfortunate, is if you do a search, one thing these search engines do not do is assess where it’s going to take you and you could click on something and then it could actually take you to a site that doesn’t display anything but it certainly puts stuff on your computer and then redirects you to something else to show you what you think you wanted to see. There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors going on behind the scenes that the user’s not aware of. That’s the push technology I’m
talking about . . . .”

“Whether or not you saw it, whether or not you meant to go there, that’s — that does not — those two statements don’t come into play when it comes to push. . . . Push includes whatever the — and I’ll call it malicious in some cases, but whatever the site, or whatever the originating prospect that might be. It could be a server, it could be a site, it could be almost anything. Whatever it is, it will push on there
and I can’t tell you what that will be. In — I can tell you in general what it is. In general it’s thumbnails.’

“The fact that Windows does that, is a feature to allow you to operate better. But how many times have we heard about there being a hole, an exploited hole in Windows that Microsoft had to go in
and patch with a new release or with — with a new update they patched this hole or they discovered this — this whatever was open and they come in. You take a feature on something and you get a
website that exploits that feature, I think you kind of then answered your question because then okay, well whose fault is it? Well, it’s a feature of Windows to do this. But they’re — the reason it was written was to optimize web browsing, that’s it. Now to push big stuff on there, and push other stuff on there, when people are taking it to its limit and exploiting it and doing the wrong thing, then I’d say it’s the fault of the site.”

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