Boca Raton Man Charged with Home Invasion Robbery

West Palm Beach Police have charged a 22-year-old Boca Raton man with home invasion robbery after he allegedly stole the money he paid an exotic dancer in return for sex. The victim reportedly told the man she would have sex with him and his friend at her apartment for $600. After their liaison, the dancer told the men they had to leave, but they proceeded to steal the money they’d pay her for sex, plus an additional $300 in her wallet.

She ran after the men, and when they drove away, she jumped on the hood of their car. The dancer reportedly fell to the side of the car and told police the vehicle ran over her left ankle and foot. According to the report, she was transported to Columbia Hospital and treated for her injuries there.

The defendant was released from Palm Beach County Jail earlier this month after posting $20,000 bond.

Source: Man charged with stealing money he paid exotic dancer for sex, Palm Beach Post, December 16, 2010 (more…)

Boca Raton Traffic Lawyers Discuss Red-Light Cameras

Last week, the city council in Boca Raton voted 3-2 to approve a contract with American Traffic Solutions to install and operate red-light traffic-endorsement cameras. This vote could make Boca Raton the first city in southern Palm Beach County to install the cameras.

The city expects to make over a half million dollars per year from the cameras. But according to an assistant police chief, drivers caught running a red light during the first 30 days when the cameras are in operation will be issued a warning. Following the warning period, drivers will be subject to a $158. However, the red-light violation won’t count as points on the driver’s license.

While other South Florida counties including West Palm Beach, Palm Springs, and Royal Palm Beach already have red-light cameras installed, some are discontinuing them in response to legal challenges and a Florida law that makes red-light cameras less profitable. The law was enacted on July 1 and reduces the number of fines by allowing “careful and prudent” rolling right turns in areas that use red-light cameras.

Source: Boca Raton to install red-light cameras at five intersections, Palm Beach Post, December 17, 2010 (more…)

Broward County Drug Crime Attorneys Discuss Loophole in Pill Mill Laws

Over the past several years, so-called “pill mills” have sprung up across Broward County. These pain clinics make money by catering to those addicted to prescription drugs like oxycodone or methadone and have spurred legislators to action, and a new law went into effect on October 1. The law limits pain clinics to dispensing only three days’ worth of medication; however, clinic doctors can still prescribe 30 days’ worth of pills, which the patients can pick up elsewhere.

State drug czar Bruce Grant says he has anecdotal evidence that pain clinic owners and investors are circumventing the new law by opening pharmacies outside of the pain clinics, allowing them to continue making money off of addictive pain-killers. According to a Broward Sheriff’s Office Sergeant, some pain clinics even distribute a list of pharmacies instead of giving out pills. It’s estimated that there are around 10 Broward pharmacies that appear on such lists, which are also passed around by addicts and drug dealers.

Once Florida’s prescription monitoring program is fully operational, it’s expected that they will help pharmacists and authorities recognize drug traffickers and addicts and crack down on this growing problem. The program could launch as early 2011.

Source: Some pain clinics find loophole in restrictive new state law, South Florida Sun Sentinel, December 12, 2010 (more…)

Three Finalists Named for Florida Prosecutor Position

Our South Florida criminal defense attorneys have learned that a Fort Lauderdale lawyer has been nominated to be Florida’s next statewide prosecutor. A judge and another lawyer were also nominated. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, five applicants were interviewed in Tampa on Thursday, and the three finalists were announced by the Supreme Court Nominating Commission last Friday.

Once Attorney General-elect Pam Bondi takes office on January 4, she will make the appointment to a four-year term, choosing from among the following nominees: Haccord J. Curry Jr., assistant general counsel for the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fort Lauderdale; Miami-Dade County Judge Andrew S. Hague, and Nicholas Bernard Cox, regional director for the Department of Children & Families in Tampa. As former prosecutors ourselves, we’ll be interested in seeing who Bondi chooses.

Source: Fort Lauderdale lawyer nominated for statewide prosecutor, The South Florida Sun Sentinel, December 13, 2010 (more…)

Palm Beach County Drug Crime Attorneys Discuss Pot Grow Houses

Florida officials say the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Boynton Beach Police, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration recently apprehended a hydroponic marijuana grow operation in Fellsmere, taking more than 300 plants from the house. The street value for that amount of marijuana is estimated at almost five hundred grand.

Police also seized several more pounds of marijuana and weapons from a house on the Intracoastal in Boynton Beach. An investigation took three months and resulted in the arrest of a 48-year-old Boynton Beach man who is charged with cultivation of marijuana and trafficking in marijuana plants. He is currently free on bond.

The grow house had been modified with 24-hour high intensity lighting, several dehumidifier and air conditioning units and timers, according to police. Florida Power & Light is one of the providers in the area where the grow house is located and said it only releases information on its client when the company is served with a subpoena. Otherwise, a spokesperson said, they do not tip off police about suspicious activity or unusual usage patterns.

Source: FPL says it doesn’t tip police to marijuana grow houses, South Florida Sun Sentinel, December 10, 2010 (more…)

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