March 4, 2015

South Florida Man Charged with Growing Marijuana Found Not Guilty

On Monday, a South Florida man was acquitted by a Broward County jury after claiming that the dozens of marijuana plants he had been growing were used "for his own medical purposes."
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County marijuana crime defense lawyers know that the legal issue of marijuana possession and production is a controversial one in the State of Florida, especially in a year during which the state legislature plans to debate how to handle medical marijuana.

The case, and more particularly its outcome, was a first for the Sunshine State, and it contributes to the increasingly lenient attitudes toward marijuana expressed by our state's residents.

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March 2, 2015

New Proof Required in Hit-and-Run Cases

As our Palm Beach and Broward County hit-and-run attorneys know, such cases aren't always as straightforward as they might seem.
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Last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that in order for someone to be convicted of leaving the scene of a crash involving an injury, the prosecution must prove that the person had "actual knowledge" they were in a crash in the first place.

This important ruling by the Court will certainly influence how individuals accused of leaving the scene of an accident will fight the charges against them and how people previously convicted of the crime might be able to appeal their convictions.

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February 27, 2015

On Cellphone Video: Broward Deputy Drags Mentally Ill Woman by Feet

This past week, the Sun Sentinel reported on a story that's been making national headlines ever since: a Broward County Deputy dragged a woman through a courthouse by her feet.
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The officer, who pulled the woman by the shackles around her ankles, has been placed on restricted duty while an internal investigation is being conducted.

The woman, especially in light of the fact that a court had recently determined she was "mentally incompetent," deserves better. Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know that just because you're a defendant in a case doesn't mean you've lost your rights.

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February 26, 2015

Foolish Crimes Serve as Warnings

As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, a couple of ostensibly incomprehensible crimes committed recently in South Florida serve as reminders that the actions we take have consequences.
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These offenses, which we will discuss in this post, demonstrate what not to do.

While one details a crime perhaps carried-out with no malicious intent, and another indicates a severe lack of control, both should be regarded as warnings that the law often pays little mind to the reasons for which a crime might have been committed.

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February 25, 2015

Las Vegas "Road Rage" Killing Actually Self Defense?

People all across the country have been shocked by a seemingly senseless fatal shooting in Las Vegas, NV, one which apparently stemmed from an earlier road rage incident.
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As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, no case is straight-forward; one must consider all possibilities and angles when analyzing a criminal case, especially one involving charges of murder.

While first reported as a clear-cut road rage-fueled shooting, the defense attorney for the 19-year-old defendant is now saying that the shooting was in fact carried-out in self defense.

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February 19, 2015

Ice Ice Baby: '90s Rapper Arrested for Burglary in Palm Beach

The former rapper known as Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in Lantana on Wednesday on suspicion on burglary and grand theft.
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According to the Lantana Police Department, burglary and grand theft charges are most likely forthcoming; Van Winkle is suspected of entering a vacant home, at some point between December and this month, and removing items including pieces of furniture, a pool heater and bicycles.

As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, the vacant home did indeed have an owner, one who was displeased with the fact that the former rapper helped himself to the contents of the house.

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February 18, 2015

Florida Halts Execution Amidst Lethal Drug Issues

The Florida Supreme Court has halted the execution of a convicted murderer originally scheduled for tomorrow amid questions over whether or not the use of Florida's lethal injection drugs amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
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The Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution explicitly prohibits the infliction of cruel and unusual punishment, meaning that if the use of such lethal drugs meets the standard of cruel and unusual punishment, using them as a method of execution would be unconstitutional.

Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know that the issue of lethal drug constitutionality is one that has made headlines across the country, most noticeably in recent months, after a series of botched executions have caused unimaginable suffering.

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February 17, 2015

Pembroke Pine Teens, Instagram and Child Pornography

When you think of child pornography, after experiencing feelings of disgust and anger, you might picture an adult viewing and/or distributing inappropriate photographs of minors. In other words, more often than not, it's adults who are implicated in criminal child pornography cases.
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However, as our Palm Beach and Broward County juvenile defense lawyers know, it isn't always adults who are suspected in these types of incidents -- often times, as we'll discuss in this post, it's minors themselves who are implicated in the child pornography trade.

When underage teenagers are the suspects in child pornography cases, issues associated with age variance, youthful indiscretion, parental duty and corporate responsibility must be considered.

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February 15, 2015

Arrested Palm Beach Man Lists "Drug Dealer" as Occupation

You'll find many instances in which you'll be asked to list your occupation -- when you fill out an application for a job or for school, when you sign up for insurance, when you create an online profile, etc.
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As our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers know, one less common situation in which you'll have to list your occupation is when you're under arrest.

A Palm Beach man made headlines this month when he listed "drug dealer" as his occupation on an arrest report compiled after authorities arrested him on suspicion of -- you guessed it -- dealing drugs.

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February 13, 2015

Florida Drivers Aren't Speaking to Cops at DUI Checkpoints

Our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense attorneys know that DUI/sobriety checkpoints are ubiquitous throughout the Sunshine State, and while they tend to pop up more during major holiday weekends, they're still commonplace even during non-holiday times.
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These checkpoints, not surprisingly, lead to an increase in DUI arrests. The problem is, however, that not everyone arrested for DUI is technically over the legal limit; police often have the authority to place an individual under arrest and haul them off to jail if they suspect impairment based on slurred words and/or the smell of alcohol on one's breath.

As has been reported in national news recently, Floridians are increasingly becoming aware of their rights under the law -- and refusing to actually speak to police officers during DUI checks.

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February 10, 2015

Federal Statistics: Stoned Driving Far Safer Than Drunk Driving

It's hard to look around and not notice that the tide is turning on this country's acceptance of marijuana; 23 states and the District of Columbia have made marijuana legal for medical purposes, a testament to the public's recognition of the drug's real effects.
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Now, our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers aren't saying that people aren't affected by marijuana -- many people are. While critics of the drug might be telling the truth when they say that marijuana makes you hungrier, can give you red eyes and can perhaps make you sleepier, if they tell you that it makes you a dangerous driver, they're by and large on the other side of the facts.

As discussed by the Washington Post, a new report just released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides data that demonstrate that drivers who use marijuana are at a much lower risk for a crash than are drivers who consume alcohol.

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February 7, 2015

Man Caught Committing a Crime on Camera -- His Own Camera!

As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, video evidence of an individual appearing to commit a crime is not necessarily indisputable evidence that they actually did commit that certain crime.
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That said, it certainly doesn't bode well for the defense team when the defendant is on camera doing what the prosecution says they did.

Being caught on camera can be damning, which makes it all the more interesting that this man was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior against a child after law enforcement officers lawfully gained access to his home security camera and therein found apparent video of him committing the alleged crime.

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