A transgendered person was arrested recently in Miami Gardens for allegedly operating without a medical license, ABC News reports.
This rather unusual criminal case in South Florida involves a 30-year-old man who identifies as a woman. The person was charged with injecting at least one woman with a mixture of cement, Fix-A-Flat tire sealant, and other substances in order to make the woman’s rear-end larger.
Charges of operating medicine without a license in Fort Lauderdale is a felony and can be punished with time in prison. The allegations are serious, so a serious lawyer is needed.
A good Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer must be experienced, and have successfully worked on a number of different cases, from theft to drug crimes, robbery and battery.
These cases can be among the most complex and require not only legitimate witnesses, but also well-documented paperwork that details what is alleged to have occurred. Without proper evidence, as in any criminal case, prosecutors may be forced to drop charges and exonerate the defendant.
In this situation, a woman experienced bad side effects allegedly because of a procedure that was intended to enlarge her behind. She went to the hospital after experiencing serious abdominal pain. She had a wound where the initial injection was placed and soon developed MRSA, contagious staph bacteria that can infect a person’s skin as well as possibly invading other parts of the body. She also was diagnosed with pneumonia.
ABC News reports that even then the woman wasn’t forthcoming with what happened to cause the symptoms. It wasn’t until months later that the suspect was arrested in North Lauderdale. The article highlights several other cases where home-remedy situations have led to injury or death.
In January and February, women in New York City and Philadelphia allegedly injected patients with medications without a license. In Miami last year, a woman was arrested for a similar alleged act.
The Miami Herald reports that a second person was recently arrested in connection with the South Florida case. She allegedly assisted in the operation.
The newspaper reports that the second victim recently came forward alleging that the same person injected her as well. It’s unclear if additional charges have been filed or if police are still investigating the allegations.
While many have laughed at the outrageous allegations and the fact that a person would be willing to go that far for enlarged buttocks, these are serious allegations. In Florida, it can be charged as a third-degree felony.
This level of felony can lead to a person being sent to prison or put on probation for up to five years. It can include fines and fees and possibly other sanctions. When a person is injured as the result of another person’s actions, the penalties can be enhanced.
An experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer should be hired to investigate the situation to ensure the person’s rights are upheld.
If you are arrested in Fort Lauderdale or elsewhere in South Florida, contact Leifert & Leifert at 954-523-9600 or 561-988-8000 for a free consultation.
Boosting Butts With Cement, Fix-A-Flat, Leads to Arrest, by Dan Childs, ABC News