Delray Beach traffic lawyer Doug Leifert was recently quoted in a South Florida Sun Sentinel article about statistics recently released by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. According to statistics, 2008 marked a 5-year low for traffic citations in Broward County. The most dramatic decrease was in “non-criminal moving” violations such as speeding, careless driving, and running red lights.
The trend statewide showed a decrease in overall traffic citations, although Palm Beach County actually saw an increase in traffic tickets in 2008. The most significant increase in Palm Beach County was in DUI convictions, though may have been because of statistical reporting issues in previous years.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, it is unclear why there were fewer tickets issued in 2008 than in previous years. A spokesman for Broward’s Florida Highway Patrol troop said it may be related to the economy because fewer drivers are on the road.
According to recently released statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, crime in both Broward and Palm Beach counties decreased slightly in the first half of this year compared to last year.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement tracks crimes including murder, robbery, forcible sex offenses, burglary, and auto theft. The mid-year statistics are used as a barometer for the rest of the year.
Overall, crime decreased eight percent statewide. In Broward and Palm Beach county, overall crime rates decreased by about four percent. Each category with the exception of auto theft saw slight increases or decreases.
Local crime down slightly, mid-year statistics show, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, September 23, 20009 (more…)
Our Broward County criminal defense lawyers have been following a developing story about allegations of corruption involving a sitting Broward county commissioner and School Board member. According to federal prosecutors, the investigation continues, but they would not comment on many details.
On Wednesday, FBI agents arrived at the Government Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale and set up shop in the executive suite of offices used by county officials. They reportedly also went to the district’s downtown headquarters to speak with School Board members and pull voting records of the suspect.
One School Board member was arrested on Wednesday, and a Florida defense attorney said it’s likely that more people will be arrested. Among the possible defenses in these types of cases are suggesting there was not a direction admission of a crime or that undercover agents entrapped the defendant into going along with the crime.
Prosecutors say corruption inquiry in Broward continues, South Florida Sun Sentinel, September 23, 2009 (more…)
Our South Florida criminal defense lawyers recently read about a police dog in Plantation, Florida who died earlier this week. The Plantation Police Department dog, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois K-9 named Kimbo, passed away after suffering from heat stroke. He was one of six Plantation police dogs. According to officials, Kimbo had assisted in 67 arrests in Broward County and countless drug seizures.
Police said the dog and his handler responded to a call for assistance in a Broward Sheriff’s office search for a robbery suspect. Kimbo reportedly collapsed from a seizure within minutes of the start of the search and he was rushed to Hollywood Animal Hospital, where he was put to sleep two days later.
The police department is working to finalize the details of Kimbo’s funeral and they said they plan to bring in a replacement.
Last week, 13 Florida drivers were apprehended as part of Operation DL-Core, a statewide crackdown using undercover troopers at Palm Beach county courthouses. The Delray Beach sting used plainclothes troopers to monitor court proceedings in which the judge suspended or revoked the driver’s license of a defendant. The troopers followed offenders to the parking lot and alerted uniformed troopers as each defendant got into their car and tried to drive away.
Two of the 13 drivers who were apprehended were arrested and transported to Palm Beach County Jail for an outstanding warrant violation and a habitual offender charge. According to Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle records, the state suspended or revoked close to 2.4 million licenses in 2008.
Officials say they are planning future operations in Broward and Palm Beach County, but they did not disclose the date or location of the courthouse.
Busted! FHP nabs 13 drivers after judge revokes licenses, South Florida Sun Sentinel, September 15, 2009 (more…)
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