Apprendi v. New Jersey , 530 U.S. 466 (2000), was a United States Supreme Court case which held that the constitutional Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial prohibited trial judges from enhancing sentences for criminal defendants beyond the allowable statutory maximum based on evidence other than that which was decided by the jury beyond a reasonable doubt. The case has restored faith in jury trials and has acted as a harness on trial judges in the sentencing phase of criminal cases. If a judge has extended your sentence based on unproven evidence in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or another part of Miami Dade County or Broward County, you should consult an experienced competent criminal defense attorney who can represent you in criminal court. Kenneth P. Hassett of Hassett and Associates, P.A. is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Dade County, and Broward County. Having a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in criminal court is advantageous, especially when charged with serious criminal offenses. Call Hassett and Associates, P.A. for an immediate free consultation 24 hours per day seven days per week with a criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with these offenses.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
If you have been charged as an Accessory After the Fact or a Principal in the First Degree to a criminal offense in Broward or Miami-Dade County, call Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett.