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Target “Peeper” Sentenced In Federal Court

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

Former United States marshal, Michael Rivera (defendant), was sentenced recently in connection to his peeping case at a North Dakota Target store. Rivera pled guilty to one count for the receipt of images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Federal Judge Ralph Erickson sentenced the defendant to seven years in federal prison followed by… Read More »

Understanding the Federal Criminal Appeal Process

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

Across the U.S. media landscape, Americans are inundated with television reporters throwing around the word “appeal” when referring to federal criminal cases. However, few people truly understand what this term means and the process it entails. A guilty verdict to a criminal offense is obviously a crushing blow, however, it is important to understand… Read More »

Conviction Overturned? You Are Entitled To A Refund

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

The United States Supreme Court recently ordered in the case of Nelson v. Colorado that an individual whose criminal conviction has been overturned on appeal is entitled to receive a refund for the court fees and restitution they may have paid. This ruling comes in response to a Colorado state law (known as the… Read More »

Florida Man Sentenced For World’s Largest Child Porn Website

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

Naples, Florida resident, Steven Chase, has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for running what the FBI called the “world’s largest child pornography website.” The sentence comes after Chase’s February 2015 arrest when the FBI determined found him to be the creator of the Tor network website “Playpen” with over 150,000 members…. Read More »

FBI Facial Recognition Coming To An Airport Near You

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

Over the last two years, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has quietly been developing facial recognition software. Unbeknownst to the majority of American people the FBI recently started rolling out this software across the country. The technology will allow law enforcement to recognize individuals without their knowledge. However, lawmakers across the country are… Read More »

Preacher Sentenced to 35 Years for Child Sex Charges

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

North Florida preacher Kenneth Adkins was recently sentenced for child sex charges. Adkins was convicted of five counts of child molestation, two counts of aggravated child molestation, and one count of enticing a child. The judge sentenced Adkins to 35 years in prison followed by sex offender probation for the duration of his life…. Read More »

Should You Take A Plea Deal?

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

When an individual is charged with a crime, there is often a chance that the prosecutor may offer the accused a plea deal. A plea deal is essentially an agreement between the prosecutor and the defense for the defendant to accept a certain predetermined sentence rather than go to trial. Once the plea deal… Read More »

Registering As Child Porn Offender In Florida

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

Florida state law places the protection of children at the forefront of their legislation. One of the means by which this is done is by requiring certain criminal offenders to register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. This means that individuals convicted of certain sexually related offenses must register with the Florida Department… Read More »

What Is Sexual Battery?

By Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit |

Sexual battery charges are some of the most serious charges under Florida law. In most cases, sexual battery is commonly referred to as rape and is defined as “sexual penetration without consent”. What may be surprising to people is that most occurrences of sexual battery are not between strangers, but in most instances, it… Read More »


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