Our Broward County criminal defense lawyers have learned that an ex-Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) trooper based in Miami-Dade pleaded guilty last week to eight misdemeanor counts of falsifying public reports. He will spend almost a year in prison for falsifying hundreds of traffic tickets, which were issued to drivers who were never pulled over for traffic offenses. After being released from jail, he will also serve two years of probation and pay more than $8,00 in restitution.
Some of these Florida motorists were out of the country when they were allegedly pulled over for traffic violations, and in a few cases, actually had their driver’s license suspended. The 38-year-old former trooper allegedly wrote the traffic tickets using information from drivers had pulled over previously in order to boost the number of tickets reported to his supervisors. However, the FHP says it does not work on a quota system.
He was originally charged with 22 felony counts, but those charged were reduced after he agreed to permanently relinquish his law-enforcement certification. As of the result of the investigation associated with his case, the state dismissed over 200 traffic citations.
Source: Ex-FHP trooper gets jail time for falsifying tickets, Miami Herald, July 22, 2010
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