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Rod Caruco

Rod Caruco

Caruço Law, PLLC
  • Criminal Law, Military Law, Appeals & Appellate ...
  • Florida
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Biography

I grew up in Central Florida, attending St. Paul's Catholic School, Father Lopez High School, the University of Central Florida, and ultimately passed up offers from out of town schools to study law in Orlando at Barry University School of Law. I then chose to serve the country that took me and my family in as a child. During my eleven years in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps, I prosecuted and defended Airmen at trial and on appeal, and represented Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in his death penalty military commission in Guantanamo Bay. After experiencing every aspect of a criminal case, it was time to return home to my community. But though I hung up my boots, my duty to serve my community continues.

Read more about me at: www.carucolaw.com/biography

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Military Law
Appeals & Appellate
Federal Appeals
DUI & DWI
White Collar Crime
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights
Video Conferencing
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
The Florida Bar
ID Number: 85772
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11th Circuit
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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
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U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
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U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
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U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder
Caruco Law, PLLC
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Senior Associate
Boyd & Jenerette, P.A.
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Judge Advocate
United States Air Force
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Law Clerk
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
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Education
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
J.D. (2010)
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University of Central Florida
B.A. (2006)
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Professional Associations
National College for DUI Defense
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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The Florida Bar  # 85772
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
In Order to Form a More Perfect Court: A Quantitative Measure of the Military’s Highest Court’s Success As a Court of Last Resort
Vermont Law Review
Treating Members of the Military at Least as Well as Inmates and Students: Determining When Military Necessity Requires Infringing Upon Constitutional Rights in Cases Before the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
University of Memphis Law Review
In the Trenches of Florida’s War on Gangs: A Framework For Prosecuting Florida’s Anti-Gang Sentence Enhancement Provision
Barry Law Review
An Individual-Level Analysis of Incivility in the Post-Reform Congress
Southern Political Science Association
Websites & Blogs
Website
Caruço Law, PLLC
Blog
Echoes of Adolphus | A Military Justice Blog
Legal Answers
6 Questions Answered
Q. Is a third party constented search of my backpack within someone else's car at work by an employer legal in florida?
A: That depends on the circumstances of each individual case, but it can be. There are often more lenient rules when an employer, rather than the State, seeks to conduct a search. Some factors to your question include, but are not limited to: what type of employer, reason for the search, location of the vehicle, whether the employer was aware the bag did not belong to the owner, etc.

It is always important to speak with a lawyer about the particular circumstances, and the status of your situation (I.e. if the result of the search is criminal prosecution).
Q. Legal advice for drug trafficking charge in Fl?
A: Drug trafficking cases certainly are serious, but very complex. So, there is much to challenge. That’s why it’s important to work with the right lawyer early to review the entire case and give the best advice. If it was a reactive stop (actually because of the tint), one potential issue is whether the stop was unreasonably extended. If the stop was a pretext, then there will be a very complex investigation to look into. It may be a federal investigation, run by the AG Office of Statewide Prosecution, or the local state attorney. I would have more questions to ask and would be happy to schedule a call as soon as possible. Early engagement is always best.
Q. I was arrested for a petty theft where they Search me without permission and my belongings and then I gotta A drug charg
A: Generally, yes. If law enforcement is legally conducting a search concerning one offense, and while doing so find evidence of another offense within the scope of the legal search, that can be charged. Even if the original offense is dropped.

However, you mentioned you may not have been searched legally. If so, that changes things in the second charge. These are very fact specific so it’s important to discuss it in more detail with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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Caruço Law, PLLC
Winter Garden, FL, USA
Telephone: (407) 900-5238
Cell: (386) 748-4439
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Sunday: Open 24 hours
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