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PG&E Found Guilty, Slapped with Billions of Dollars in Fines in 2018 Camp Fire Killing 84 People | Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton
While no one will serve prison time, California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company was found guilty Tuesday of starting the deadliest fire in California’s history that resulted in 84 unnecessary deaths, known as the 2018 Camp Fire.  The Butte County District Attorney said this verdict is a “historic” one that will serve as a […]

Florida Woman Who Ran Stillborn Charity Accused of Fraud and Other Felonies | Whittel & Melton
A woman who ran a Florida-based charity that provides cradles for stillborn babies has been charged with scheming to defraud and several other felonies, according to reports.  The charity provides these cradles to help families get through their tough loss of a child.  According to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the 53-year-old […]

Possible Domestic Violence Incident Results in Death of 2 Children, 1 Adult in Spring Hill | Whittel & Melton
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide that happened last Friday morning. According to Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis, the incident happened at a home located on Dunkirk Road around 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 10. The sheriff’s office said they received a 911 call from a woman who was initially out of […]

Former Rangers Star Josh Hamilton Indicted on Felony Charge for Hitting Daughter | Florida Domestic Violence Lawyers Whittel & Melton
Former Texas Rangers star and 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton was indicted on a felony charge for injury to a minor on Monday, according to news reports.  Hamilton turned himself in to police and was arrested in October for hitting and scratching his daughter. According to reports, Hamilton told his daughter to tell the […]

Cities on Lockdown Due to Coronavirus Leads to Concerns About Domestic Violence | Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Whittel & Melton
Mandatory lockdowns to curb the spread of COVID-19 have trapped people inside their homes, which is causing many to have concern for domestic violence victims who are isolated from the people and the resources that could help them. In the United States, where 5,218 people have been infected with the coronavirus, the National Domestic Violence […]

Florida Doctor to Repay $1.74 Million in Medicare Fraud Claims | Whittel & Melton
A Florida doctor has agreed to pay $1.74 million to resolve allegations that he submitted fraudulent Medicare claims, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orlando announced. The doctor and the Village Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery were accused of billing Medicare for higher levels of reimbursements than were performed in the central Florida facility, according to a […]

Senate Votes to Relax Mandatory Minimums for Drug Possession
In one of several criminal justice reforms being pushed for 2020, the Senate voted 39-1 to relax some drug-related mandatory minimums. SB 346, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley, would increase judicial discretion in sentencing non violent offenders in their first drug possession conviction. Bradley noted that this was a “third rail” back in 2013, but […]

Rod Stewart Arrested on New Year’s for Allegedly Punching Palm Beach Security Guard
Rod Stewart, who turns 75 on Friday, and his 39-year-old son Sean Roderick Stewart, were each charged with simple battery by the Palm Beach County Police Department after an alleged fight with a security guard on New Year’s Eve. Police say father and son got into an altercation on Tuesday night with a man who […]

Sextortion and Sexual Predators Rampant on Video Games and Online Chats
Sexual predators and others partaking in sextortion, a form of blackmail in which sexual information or images are used to extort sexual favors from the victim, have found an easy access point into gaining victims. According to the New York Times, they are meeting them online through multiplayer video games and chat apps, making virtual […]

Know Your Court: County Court Jurisdictional Changes Coming January 1, 2020
On May 24, 2019, the Governor signed House Bill 337 which was previously passed by the Florida legislature. This law makes major changes to the jurisdictional limits of the Florida Courts. Currently, county courts in Florida have jurisdiction of all claims up to $15,000.00 and circuit court has jurisdiction for claims in excess of $15,000.00. […]