As our Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach criminal defense lawyers know, one professional wakeboarder learned in Orlando this past week that wearing a shirt with your known sponsor’s logo on it while robbing a store probably isn’t a good idea if your goal is to get away with the crime.
Law enforcement agencies use all sorts of tools in hunting down individuals who break the law; some of the most useful resources at their disposal are tips they receive from the general public.
As our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, the issue of interaction between and combination of criminal activity and mental illness or disease is an interesting one which has profound implications for our criminal justice system.
In our society, how we understand mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, etc., not to mention addiction, has evolved a great deal; we are becoming far more understanding with respect to the fact that millions of Americans deal with powerful and difficult issues such as these.
However, the sentences our criminal justice system hands out do not reflect this sort of progression and that needs to change. Instead of treating the mentally ill as if they’re hardened criminals and tossing them in jail, we need to treat them like patients and offer them hospitalization, therapy and/or other alternative forms of rehabilitation. Doing so will benefit both the mentally ill who commit criminal acts as well as the general public.
Despite South Florida police departments having prepared, as they do every year, for chaos and mayhem during the holiday weekend that just passed, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, there was a decrease in violations and 911 calls for police service during this past Memorial Day Weekend.
As our Delray Beach and West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers know, decreases in documented criminal incidents likely indicate a decrease in actual criminal activity, especially during a weekend like the one that just passed, when police are out and about looking for people breaking the law.
The decrease in violations is reflected in a number of ways; to begin with, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the department issued no citations for county ordinance beverage violations (such as drinking in a county park).
Our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that Memorial Day Weekend is one of the business times of year in South Florida, especially in terms of DUI accidents and arrests.
The increase in DUI arrests is not necessarily due to the increase in DUI-related incidents that take place during the holiday weekend; as we know, it’s during this weekend in particular that police departments throughout South Florida and throughout the country set-up DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers.
As we discussed earlier this year, though, many Floridians have been giving law enforcement officers difficulty at these checkpoints by providing the necessary information without giving police the opportunity to smell their breath or hear them speak. Whether or not these tactics will work during this DUI-crackdown weekend has yet to be seen.
According to a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), crimes across Florida dropped to a 44-year low in 2014. At the same time, though, violent crime actually rose in Palm Beach County by 115 incidents (vs. the previous year), although the overall crime rate, including nonviolent crimes, did decrease.
As our Delray Beach and Hollywood criminal defense lawyers know, looking at state crime statistics is a good idea if you want a grasp on the current criminal justice climate. More specifically, local crime stats (such as those dealing with particular counties), paint an even more detailed picture.
In this blog, we are going to explore the particulars of the newly-released reports covering crime drops and increases across Florida, focusing mainly on Palm Beach County which, as noted above, has produced some puzzling statistics.
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