Our Hollywood and West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers know that law enforcement departments all across the country are adopting use of body cameras as a means by which to combat the tension stirring between police officers and the communities they patrol.
With police wear body cameras, advocates argue, people will get to see exactly how a police-civilian interaction went; this will both hold police officers accountable and protect them from frivolous accusations of misconduct.
This past week, the United States Supreme Court ruled that police officers who delay the conclusion of a traffic stop while they wait for a law enforcement canine to sniff for drugs (a process riddled with inaccuracy, as we will explore in this post) violate the Constitution by doing so.
Our West Palm Beach and Plantation criminal defense lawyers know that back in 2005, the Court ruled in Illinois v. Caballes that police could conduct a canine drug sniff during a traffic stop without violating the driver’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Too often, routine routine traffic stops have been turning into drug busts.
With Rodriguez v. United States, the Supreme Court has clarified their understanding of the Constitutional law at play here; their ruling has given another protection to American citizens by making it harder for law enforcement officers to turn a traffic stop into a narcotics arrest.
This year, the story of two Florida sisters accused of shooting and killing their brother has gripped much of the country. Early reports indicated that the 15-year-old girl shot and killed the 16-year-old brother, while the 11-year-old girl served as a “lookout” while her older sister retrieved the gun from a bedroom.
Initially, the two were going to be charged with murder. Then, in February, they were both released, with charges ruled out for the younger sister. Finally, last month, it was announced that the older sister would also be spared murder charges, a decision made in light of the alleged abuse the two sisters had suffered.
Our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale juvenile defense lawyers know that this case serves as a great example of how impressionable children are and how seemingly criminal and malicious actions are often just the consequence of abuse and neglect.
Our Delray Beach and West Palm Beach juvenile defense lawyers know that felony charges are not reserved for suspected murderers, drug cartel leaders and armed bank robbers. Earlier this month, a Florida teenage was arrested for and charged with a felony relating to a prank he pulled on his teacher.
The 14-year-old teenager allegedly logged into his school’s internet network using an administrative password (without permission, of course) and changed a teacher’s computer background to an image the teen thought would be funny.
While the desktop background image prank might seem harmless, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the arrest and charges were warranted because someone who hacks into a protected internet network, such as a school district’s, has access to a great deal of sensitive and confidential information.
The fact that a uniformed police officer fired 8 bullets at the back of a suspect fleeing on foot, fatally killing him, has raised questions of morals, ethics, and responsibility. But we know that this incident raises an important legal issue, namely whether or not this type of shooting is ever authorized and legal.
The fact is that there are situations in which a police officer would be justified in fatally shooting a fleeing suspect. That said, given what authorities know about the North Charleston incident, the police officer has been charged with murder.
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