Police Use Water Spray to Catch South Florida Burglars

Law enforcement officers in Palm Beach County are using a water spray called SmartWater CSI to catch burglars and deter other would-be criminals.

According to the Sun Sentinel, SmartWater CSI is a “high-tech liquid” that is encoded with a forensic fingerprint on put on pieces of property. The liquid can later be seen through an ultraviolet (UV) black light and identified at the SmartWater lab. Despite its tangible benefits, the substance is invisible.

The Palm Beach County Sherrif’s Office has disclosed that it expects the liquid technology to deter burglars and catch those who continue to steal. Still, our South Florida criminal defense lawyers know although this technology can potentially serve a good purpose, its harmful effects should not be ignored.
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Texting the Police: Encouraging False Reports?

Slowly but surely, localities around the country are implementing new systems through which individuals can text message emergency alerts to 911 rather than having to pick up the phone and call them in, a practice dating back to the 1960s.

Our South Florida criminal defense attorneys realize that while this may be an expected product of our technology-driven society, the fact remains that allowing people to text message information to law enforcement agencies further enables the submission of false reports.

While false reporting indeed takes place over the telephone currently, there is less accountability over text messaging; thus, pranksters and criminals might feel more comfortable abusing the text messaging system than they would the call-in system.
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Neighborhood Fight Over Feeding Ducks Leads to Arrest

According to the Sun Sentinel, a fight between two neighbors ensued after one criticized the other about his habit of feeding the ducks that reside in their mobile home community
The melee was apparently serious enough that the older gentleman (the one who initiated the verbal exchange) wound up in the hospital, while the other wound up arrested and charged with battery.

Our criminal defense lawyers understand that this particular case highlights two issues: first, that disagreements between neighbors over otherwise trivial issues such as feeding local ducks can quickly get out of hand and second, that crimes such as battery come with a more severe punishment if the victim was at least 65 years of age.
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An Up-Close Look at Florida’s Felony Murder Law

Our South Florida criminal defense lawyers know that most people are confused if not outraged by the apparent miscarriage of justice in the case of Ryan Holle, the young Florida man convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for a crime for which prosecutor’s agree he was not present.

In addition to the fact that his absence from the crime scene was and remains indisputable, there is also no evidence that Holle (or anyone else involved) even knew a murder would take place. He was only “involved” in the incident insofar as he lent his car to his friend, who drove a couple of men to a house to steal marijauana; something went wrong, and one of the men who was dropped off in Holle’s car killed an 18-year-old girl.

Nevertheless, according to Florida’s so-called felony murder rule, codified in State Statute 782.04, anyone who is involved in the perpetration of certain felonies (including armed robbery) at any level can be charged with first-degree murder if a death (a murder by the perpetrator or a death due to the intervention of a police officer) occurs in the commission of said felony. Thus, although Ryan Holle merely lent his car to a friend, because a murder was committed by someone who was driven to the crime scene by someone driving Holle’s car, Holle will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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Pompano Man Claims Self-Defense in Roommate’s Stabbing Death

A Pompano Beach man is recovering from multiple knife wounds in a hospital; he’s also facing a murder charge in the stabbing death of a roommate. While the young man charged with the murder admits that he was involved in the violent scuffle, our South Florida criminal defense lawyers understand that he claims he was acting in self-defense.

The two men, who both lived at a halfway house-type residence, had been roommates for just a a few days. According to the 23-year-old man charged with the crime, the victim, a 57-year-old man, attacked the defendant as he was lying on the couch at around 5 A.M. Fighting back, the young man claims he grabbed a knife in order to defend himself — twenty minutes later, the attacker was lying dead outside.

According to the Sun Sentinel, the 23-year-old remained at the scene of the fatal fight and was present when police arrived. He was then transported to Broward North Medical Center with numerous knife wounds, including three to his back, two to his abdomen, one to his stomach, one to his pelvic area, and one to his left arm.
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