As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers know, you should feel safe, (even encouraged) calling the police if you believe something has been stolen from you — that is, of course, unless the items you’re complaining about having been robbed of are illegal drugs.
As a man here in Florida learned the hard way earlier this month, going to the local police department to report stolen marijuana plants (still illegal in the Sunshine State) will only lead to trouble.
Given the facts of this particular case, it seems that the Jacksonville man should have known that his report to the police would not go routinely: he went in to the police station complaining that police officers had stolen his marijuana
To be sure, as our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers know, his claim was not created out of thin air. Drug and vice unit detectives from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office had, in fact, eradicated dozens of marijuana plants from the man’s property. Earlier this month, while a Putnam County Codes Enforcement Officer was conducting a code compliance check at the property in Putnam County, he noticed marijuana plants.
The officer then called for assistance, leading to the arrival of the drug and vice unit detectives, who spend hours investigating the property and removing the 91 marijuana plants. After the detectives removed the plants, their next task was to figure out who owned the property and thus who might be held to answer for the crime of producing marijuana, a felony in the State of Florida. It seems, though, that their investigative work in attempting to locate the property owner was rendered unnecessary, when the property owner stormed into the police office to file a complaint about his marijuana plants having been removed.
As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers understand, the man told law enforcement officers that his complaint was founded upon the fact that the detectives had removed the marijuana plants without his permission; he added, too, that the marijuana plants were for making “medical marijuana,” an argument which might have worked in a number of other states, but will not now work in Florida, as the state does not allow the personal production of any type of marijuana (whether it be for “medical purposes” or not).
Despite likely being pleased with the man for eliminating the need for investigative work (i.e., locating the owner of the marijuana plants), officers still took the man into custody and booked him into jail; he was released after posting $1,004 bond.
This story goes to show that while the police are there to help secure your property and personal possessions, not only will they not help you recover illegal items which you should not have had in the first place, they will use your complaint to them (concerning said illegal items, like marijuana plants) against you.
If you have any questions about this or any other drug crime or other criminal defense issue, or if you have been arrested for or charged with a crime in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County, please contact our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert by calling 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-888-533-3363) to schedule a free consultation. We look forward to assisting you.
Previously on this blog, we have written about how misuse of the 911 emergency line can lead to arrest and criminal charges. The 911 system is designed to keep communities safe; when a community’s 911 lines and resources are tied-up with non-emergency matters, the safety of that community is compromised.
As our Delray Beach and Hollywood criminal defense lawyers know, you should always feel comfortable dialing 911 in the event of an emergency. However, as one man from Palm Beach County recently learned, dialing 911 when there isn’t an emergency can get you arrested.
Earlier this month, a man in his late fifties apparently dialed 911 from a parking lot on Military Trail just west of West Palm Beach. When authorities arrived, his story of an alleged assault didn’t quite add up; neither did the the strange request he made toward the end of the encounter.
Many parents disagree over the proper way stop raise their children. From which foods they believe is safe to eat, to how much sun they think is suitable for young ones, to which schools they feel their kids should hope to attend, parents all have their own opinions as to what is best for their offspring.
Sometimes, as our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale family law and criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have learned, these disagreements lead to one parent and/or another taking matters into their own hands, which sometimes results in illegal activity.
At what point does the exercise of parental preference become a matter of criminal activity? The line is often-times blurred, but a case concerning objections to the vaccination of a child, which has made national headlines recently, is putting the important line in the spotlight.
Back in May, our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert wrote a blog about a series of bizarre crimes, seemingly influenced by the new drug called flakka, that were committed here in Florida.
Now, as the Sun-Sentinel has reported, it seems flakka is officially taking hold in South Florida and in Broward County in particular; according to crime statistics, Broward now leads the entire country in number of flakka cases.
Stats supplied by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) show that Broward was, by far, the county with the highest number of flakka confiscation cases in 2014 throughout the United States. The county with the second-highest number, Chicago’s Cook County, had less than half the number of cases that Broward supplied.
It is said often and it should be repeated frequently: what you post on social media can get you in trouble with the law. As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, there is very little that you can expect to do privately on the internet.
Just this past week, two Fort Pierce residents were arrested after Florida law enforcement officers became aware of a questionable and disturbing photo they had posted on Facebook.
The photo of a tied-up alligator, which the couple posted to Facebook in April, was recently brought to the attention of law enforcement officers, who eventually arrested the couple for having hunted the 7-foot alligator without a permit.
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