Felony Miami Episode 11
UPDATED: September 2020
Successful Sentence Reduction
Sabrina Puglisi secured a compassionate release for her client, Juan de dios Gomez (11-cr-20698-Scola). Attorney Puglisi first fought for his sentence to be reduced from 200 months to 160 months. Most recently, Mr. Gomez’ sentence was reduced to time served after serving 107 months in custody.
Resentencing Results in Nearly 10 Year Reduction
Attorney Dianne Carames recently secured a 101-month downward variance on resentencing of a kidnapping (technically, “hostage taking”) defendant (U.S. v. Palacios, No. 06-cr-20340-PCH) who, despite earning the right to resentencing by winning a Davis-based § 2255 motion to vacate his § 924(c) firearm-in-furtherance conviction, faced sentencing guidelines that would have permitted the exact same 26-year sentence originally imposed. Dianne’s excellent downward variance motion and preparation of the defendant for allocution convinced the Judge that he had made rehabilitative steps in prison and was deserving of a 9-and-a-half-year reduction.
Attorney Sabrina Puglisi Represents Alleged Cyber Stalker of Parkland Victims
Sabrina Puglisi, Mr. Fleury’s lawyer, said she was disappointed that the judge did not place Mr. Fleury in a residential treatment program, given that he has autism spectrum disorder. However, she said, she was pleased the judge’s sentence was much lower than the maximum 20 years that Mr. Fleury had faced.
Immigration Scam Played on Unsuspecting Workers
Attorneys Sabrina Puglisi and Dianne Carames represent a worker who paid cash for “order of supervision” papers to a man who fraudulently represented himself as an immigration officer.
Swindled Workers Are Incarcerated
Attorney Sabrina Puglisi represents a person who attempted to purchase a drivers license from someone who pretended to be an immigration agent.
Attorney Puglisi Elected Dade County Bar Treasurer
Attorney Sabrina Puglisi was was recently elected Treasurer of the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA).
Cooperation Deal Reached in Money Laundering Case
Renato Rodriguez, a Brooklyn transplant with working-class roots, was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison for his supporting role in a $3.6 billion money-laundering scheme built upon illegal gold imports from Latin America. Prosecutor Francisco Maderal proposed a maximum 10-year prison sentence for Rodriguez, while Rodriguez’s defense attorney, Sabrina Puglisi, asked the judge to give her client eight years because of his remorse, commitment to his family, community service work and lesser role in the money-laundering conspiracy. (Miami Herald January 31, 2018).
Sentence in Baseball Smuggling Case in Line with Attorney Puglisi Request
A Miami federal judge said she was struggling with the “paradox” of the good and bad sides presented in court about sports agent Bart Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who were found guilty of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States to capitalize on their multimillion-dollar major league contracts. In the end, despite the government’s request for a sentence of more than ten years, U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams sentenced Mr. Estrada to 63 months, only 3 months more than attorney Sabrina Puglisi’s request (Miami Herald November 2, 2017).
Court Ruling to Affect Thousands Sentenced to Enhanced Penalties
On Friday, July 22, 2016, Sabrina Puglisi’s client David Hom was released from prison after serving over four years imprisonment. He was originally sentenced to 220 months. As a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Johnson v. United States, the burglaries that were used as priors to enhance Mr. Hom’s sentence no longer qualify as “crimes of violence”. His sentence was reduced down to 37 months imprisonment. The Johnson case has the ability to affect thousands of people sentenced to enhanced penalties.
Check out this article in the Daily Business Review “US Supreme Court Takes on Shotgun Sentencing Appeal“.
I felt Sabrina was truly on my side; every step of the way I knew without a doubt that she was dedicating all of her efforts to help me. It truly felt as if I was her only client. She is also smart, knowledgeable and a professional. I don’t wish anyone will ever have to be in my position but if you are, then you want to have her as your advocate.
When you have been accused of committing a crime your whole world collapses, life as you knew it for yourself and your family is gone, in one single moment. It has to be one of toughest journeys any human being can encounter. There is only one factor that allowed me to keep my sanity and hope that things would work out in the best possible way, my defense attorney Sabrina Puglisi. I don’t know that I will ever meet a kinder human being.
It is not often that intelligence, responsibility, sincerity, creativity, and genuine kindness come wrapped in one package but Ms. Sabrina Puglisi brings just that to all her cases. Ms. Puglisi is an extraordinary woman who did a wonderful job representing my son. I was very impressed by her diligence and work ethic.
Miami Criminal Defense Attorneys
Representing Defendants In Federal Court Throughout The United States And State Courts Within Florida
Experienced, Trusted, Ethical Criminal Defense
Miami criminal attorneys Sabrina Puglisi and Dianne Caramés have earned a reputation as dedicated and successful defense lawyers with integrity and empathy. They have extensive experience as criminal trial lawyers and their unique blend of compassion and hard work allow them to achieve great results for their clients.
Florida Bar Certified Criminal Attorney
Sabrina Puglisi is a Florida Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. While not all qualified criminal lawyers are board certified, those who are board certified have taken the extra steps to have their legal competence and experience evaluated. Certification is the highest level of evaluation by The Florida Bar of competency and experience within an area of law, and demonstrates outstanding professionalism and ethics in practice. Attorney Puglisi is one of only approximately 370 board certified criminal trial attorneys out of 85,000 practicing lawyers in Florida.
Miami criminal attorney Sabrina Puglisi formerly practiced at the State and Federal Public Defender offices. This experience has given Attorney Puglisi the unique perspective of knowing both systems from within. She has an excellent reputation with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and court personnel.
Attorney Puglisi is highly respected and consulted by the most proficient practitioners in the criminal law field. Ms. Puglisi is a past-president of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Miami Chapter, and is a representative to the statewide organization of FACDL. Her active participation in the legal community fosters good communications and relationships with members of the judiciary and criminal attorney colleagues.
Compassion and Understanding
As criminal lawyers, what truly sets Sabrina Puglisi and her firm apart is their ability to understand and empathize with an accused through his or her journey through the criminal justice system. Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés understand the impact of criminal charges, not just on the accused, but on the loved ones. They always have two goals in every given case. First, to vigorously defend each criminal defendant client in order to achieve the best result. Second, to aid in maintaining and supporting the integrity of family. They know how important family is, especially when someone may be held in detention pre-trial and unable to maintain regular contact with their spouse, partner, parent, or child.
Focus on the Well Being of the Defendant
The defendant’s well-being is always the number one concern for Miami Criminal Attorney Sabrina Puglisi’s firm. This is why she is committed to run her practice in the following way:
- Clients will receive exceptional service. An attorney will always return calls of clients and family members immediately.
- Each criminal defendant is treated as a partner in their representation. The attorneys understand that the person who knows their case the best is the client. For this reason, the attorneys in this law firm will always ask the client for their input in defending their case.
- Clients will never be dictated to; rather, they will understand every step of the process and will be active participants in their defense. For this reason, the attorneys will be in constant contact with the client to advise them of where their case is and where it is heading.
- Ms. Puglisi runs a boutique law firm, meaning that she accepts a limited number of clients. She does this because she wants each client to understand that they are important to her and so that she has the necessary time to achieve the best result for the client. Sabrina Puglisi will guarantee that the client will never feel abandoned or ignored, whether the case is in hiatus or not.
- In each defense, attorneys Puglisi and Caramés incorporate the whole support structure of the accused, meaning that they will use family, friends and the background of a client to help in achieving the desired result. They do this because they recognize the full impact of a criminal prosecution on a client and his or her family.
Humanity and an Honest Approach
The Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi is not a firm solely concerned with getting cases and earning money. The attorneys will always spend time to get to know their clients by asking what brought them to this place, asking them about their family and their expectations for the future.
Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés use their knowledge of each client whether by showing that human side to a jury in a trial, obtaining a better sentence through mitigation, or convincing the government not to file criminal charges. Above all else, the truth matters to Sabrina Puglisi. Her firm will never provide a client with false expectations; instead, the attorneys will be honest so that the client will always know where he or she stands. Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés care about people and their main concern is to procure the best result for each client within the bounds of ethics.
Contact Miami Criminal Lawyers at the Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi
The Law Offices of Sabrina Puglisi, a Miami criminal law office, is conveniently located in the penthouse suite directly across the street from the United States District Courthouse in Miami. From these offices, she represents defendants in Dade County (Miami), Broward County (Ft Lauderdale), Monroe County (Key West), throughout Florida and the United States. Attorney Puglisi is admitted to practice in Florida state courts and Florida federal courts (Southern District, Middle District, and Northern District), the District of Colombia, Federal courts throughout the United States and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- Bond & Pretrial Detention Hearings
- Drug Trafficking / Marijuana Growhouses
- Firearms/Weapons Cases
- Health Care Fraud
- Identity Theft
- Internet Sex Crimes / Pornography
- Money Laundering
- Mortgage Fraud
- Pre-Indictment Investigations
- RDAP Appeals
- Securities Fraud
- Subpoena Responses
- Tax Evasion/Tax Fraud
- Treaty Transfer
- Wire Fraud
- White Collar Crimes
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About Puglisi Law
From offices in Miami, Attorneys Sabrina Puglisi and Dianne Caramés represent clients in federal courts throughout the United States, and in Florida state courts including Dade County, Broward County, and Monroe County. The law firm's focus is on federal and state criminal defense. Attorneys Puglisi and Caramés routinely represent clients in legal matters in county courthouses in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Key West, Florida.
Miami Criminal Defense Lawyers
Miami FL 33132-3002