Links and Resources on Florida and Federal Criminal Law
The following links and resources are provided by Alfredo Izaguirre, P.A. to assist individuals and their families who are caught up in the Florida judicial system. Hopefully, this page will be useful in helping you find the information you seek. If you need advice or representation in a current criminal matter in the Florida or federal criminal justice system, from pre-arrest to post-conviction and appeals, contact Alfredo Izaguirre in Miami for immediate assistance.
Florida Criminal Legal Resources
From the Florida State Courts website, you can locate all courts in the state, including county and circuit trial courts and district courts of appeal.
The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Miami covers Dade County. The Circuit Criminal Division hears felony cases, while the County Criminal Division hears misdemeanors, ordinance violations and most criminal traffic matters.
The Florida criminal/penal code can be found in Title XLVI of Florida Statutes, Chapters 775-896.
Viewing the Standard Jury Instructions for Criminal Cases in Florida can be helpful in understanding the elements of the offense you are charged with, defenses that may be available, and other matters vital to the disposition of a criminal case.
The Florida Department of Corrections is the third largest state prison system in the country, with over 100,000 incarcerated inmates in 143 facilities and another 115,000 on active community supervision. Use the Offender Search to locate an inmate in the system and the Institutions search to locate a facility and find information on visiting hours, how to send funds to inmates, etc.
Federal Criminal Law Resources
The United States District Court, Southern District of Florida covers over 300 miles from Fort Pierce to Key West, including offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.
The United States District Court, Middle District of Florida includes courthouses in Ft. Myers, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando and Tampa.
The United States District Court, Northern District of Florida maintains divisions in Gainesville, Panama City, Pensacola and Tallahassee.
The United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit hears appeals from federal courts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama.
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the land and the court of last resort for federal appeals as well as state-based cases. The decision whether to accept a criminal case for review lies with the discretion of the court, but they often take cases dealing with serious constitutional questions such as unlawful search and seizure, double jeopardy and the right to remain silent.
The mission of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States. DOJ includes a host of other agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Tax Division and the Asset Forfeiture Program.
The nation’s drug laws, including the Controlled and its regulations, are enforced by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). At the DEA website, you can find a Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties table which outlines the range of penalties administered for conviction of a drug offense based on several factors, including the type and amount of drug involved and whether the offender has any prior convictions. This table includes two charts, one for Schedule I-V drugs such as cocaine, heroin, meth, LSD, PCP and Fentanyl, and another for marijuana and hash.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates and enforces a number of federal laws, including terrorism, organized crime and gang activity, cybercrime and child predators.
If you have a friend or relative incarcerated in a federal facility, the Federal Bureau of Prisons website can be used to locate an inmate, locate a facility, or obtain information on important inmate matters such as access to health care and education.
The United States Sentencing Commission is an independent agency in the judicial branch which, among other things, publishes the Federal Sentencing Guidelines which dictate the form and severity of punishment meted to offenders convicted of different federal crimes.