Our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that terrible things happen in life and, sometimes, nobody is legally to blame.
For example, earlier this month, a baby in Lauderhill died after being left in a hot car by the mother. Despite the death, a Lieutenant with the Lauderhill Police Department told the Palm Beach Post two weeks ago it’s likely that this incident was just a terrible accident, not a criminal act.
It’s often hard to tell where exactly one draws the line between (not unlawful) forgetfulness and accidental oversights on the one hand and criminal acts of negligence and/or abuse on the other; this matter which took place in Broward County highlights the difficulties quite well.
Curtis Jones and his sister, Catherine Jones, both nearly thirty years old, are set to leave Florida’s prison system this summer after nearly two decades. Back in 1999, at ages 12 and 13 respectively, Curtis and Catherine became the youngest people in the U.S. to be charged as adults for first-degree murder.
As our Palm Beach and Broward County juvenile defense attorneys know, the two were caught up in the criminal justice system after killing their father’s girlfriend; while some argued that the two murdered Sonya Nicole Speights because she was stealing attention away from them, the two said they killed as an act of revenge for sexual abuse.
Catherine Jones had told her brother about how a male relative had pleasured himself while watching her shower; after what is now the Florida Department of Children and Families declined to move forward with an investigation, Catherine began to plot the murder of her father, her male relative, and Speights; Curtis offered to help.
Back in 2012, James Holmes terrified Colorado moviegoers and Americans nationwide when he opened fire inside a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and injuring 70 during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Holmes was essentially found guilty instantaneously in the court of public opinion; for one thing, as our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert know, he admitted to the killings by way of his plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Nevertheless, his case eventually made its way in front of a jury. Yesterday, after a trial which lasted 6 months, a jury found Holmes guilty on 24 counts of premeditated murder, dealing a blow to the defendant and raising questions about the effectiveness of insanity pleas.
Mail fraud is a federal crime that’s been on the books for well over a century. Basically, the use of the mail system in the perpetuation of any type of scheme, whether it began in the mail, over the telephone or on the internet, constitutes mail fraud.
As our Delray Beach and Hollywood criminal defense attorneys know, in other words, in order for federal prosecutors to nab you for mail fraud (which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and up to $1 million in fines), they only need to demonstrate that you used the mail as part of your scheme.
A man in Boca Raton is now accused of engaging in mail fraud while in the midst of an investment scheme in which he solicited investment money from clients and then spent the money on himself, as we will explore in this blog post.
Yesterday, President Obama commuted the harsh prison sentences of 46 drug offenders. In a video explaining his decision, he argued that the men and women weren’t hardened criminals and that their punishments didn’t fit the crimes they committed.
This isn’t the first time that the Obama has commuted sentences; in total, he has commuted more sentences than any president since Lyndon B. Johnson, who left office in 1969.
As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers know, the right to commute unfair sentences (and/or pardon convicted criminals) is a privilege the president has and one that they often employ.
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