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Texting and driving gets a lot of attention around the country, particularly as a cause of far too many auto accidents and related injuries.
In Florida, it is a violation of s. 316.305 of the Florida State Statutes to text while driving, although, as our Palm Beach and Broward County traffic ticket defense lawyers know, there are some exceptions to this rule.

Knowing that there are exceptions to the rule does not mean that texting and driving is safe; doing is makes you 23 times more likely to crash your car than you would otherwise be. Still, knowing the specifics of the relevant law can make you more able to assert your rights should you ever have to.
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Hearing that a 17-year-old was caught selling crack cocaine to an undercover officer might cause one to jump to the conclusion that this individual should spend years in prison. But looking more closely at the situation will show you that it’s just not that simple.
To begin with, as our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, this boy is hardly a hardened criminal. To put things in perspective, at 17-years-old, he isn’t old enough to vote and his brain won’t be fully developed for at least another 7 or 8 years.

So, what do we make of the fact that this boy was caught selling drugs and allegedly robbing someone he thought was a drug dealer? Our years of experience in criminal defense law have taught us that children far too often get tied up in the world of drug running and that remedying this problem takes education and treatment, not strict jail time and harsh sentencing, which only make the problem worse.
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Over these past few summer months, as temperatures not only in South Florida but also around the country have been soaring, the offense of leaving one’s child in a hot car has been getting a lot of attention.
From a Georgia man being charged with murder in his son’s “hot car” death, to a woman being arrested for leaving her children in a car when she went into a building for a job interview, people all around the country have been opining about what should be done to stop this crime and what should be done to those by whom it is committed.

Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know that this issue receives a bit of a twist in South Florida, where temperatures can be scorching year-round, meaning anytime a child is left in a car (even for a few seconds) the parent or caretaker could theoretically be charged with child neglect.
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The right to an impartial jury during one’s criminal trial is fundamental; it is guaranteed by the 6th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This right is of such importance because it must be the case that those who render verdicts, which profoundly affect (and sometimes end) lives, must be unbiased and solely basing their judgments off the facts of the case.
This, especially in today’s media-saturated word, is no easy feat, as our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know from experience.

This issue, and efforts to remedy it, have been brought to light in the pre-trial filings and hearings of the manslaughter case of Palm Beach polo magnate John Goodman, for which the Judge has sent out jury summonses to individuals in Tampa Bay, not wanting to run the risk of a pool of Palm Beach jurors having already made up their minds about Mr. Goodman.
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The United States has come a long way since the days of Jim Crow, and certainly since the times of slavery. Nevertheless, just as we cannot wash away the stains these horrible eras have left on our national history, we cannot deny the fact that racism, whether deliberate of subconscious, still plays a profound role in the operation of our criminal justice system.
To put it plainly, blacks in this country are targeted and punished fare more aggressively than are whites.

Our criminal defense lawyers know from experience (and from facts to be laid out in this post) that unspoken feelings toward race far too often govern the outcome of criminal cases; they influence the choices of arresting officers, the decisions made by the prosecutors and the verdicts rendered by the jury.
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To be sure, the circumstances surrounding the case of Jorge Barahona are cringe-worthy. That said, should a jury be able to hear the statements he gave police when he was heavily medicated and not thinking clearly?
In early 2011, Barahona was arrested in Palm Beach County after his pest control truck was found on the side of I-95; next to the truck, he was found unconscious, his daughter’s dead body was found wrapped in plastic, and his adopted son was found convulsing, allegedly caused by the ingestion of harmful checmicals.

As our criminal defense lawyers know, when police visited Barahona in the hospital to ask him questions about the alleged crimes, he waived his right to an attorney and gave statements to the police. Here’s the problem: he had just been brought out of a coma and was not thinking properly, a result of the fact that he was being heavily medicated at the time.
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Opposition to the so-called “War on Drugs” isn’t new; this poorly executed policy has been receiving condemnation since its inception in 1971 when President Nixon declared drug abuse to be “public enemy number one.”
The criticism against the bloated crackdown on illegal substances now stems from all walks of life and political affiliations. The issue is getting a lot of attention right now as we approach national midterm elections this November, during which we in Florida will vote on whether or not medical marijuana should be legal and available in the Sunshine State.

Our Palm Beach and Broward County drug crime defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert know that an overhaul of the current drug laws is long overdue. The facts, as we will discuss in this posting, clearly demonstrate that the War on Drugs is doing far more harm than it is good.
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As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defnese lawyers know, being arrested for and/or charged with a crime can take a toll on your livelihood — and the inconvenience and limitations don’t end when the hearings, fines and probationary meetings stop. You shouldn’t have to pay for a bad decision for the rest of our life, and an experienced law firm like ours can help you make sure you don’t.
Even having a record of an arrest and/or criminal charges, which can be searched and accessed by state and non-state agencies alike, can be seriously harmful to your social life and both your academic and professional career.

There is a solution. In many cases, the State of Florida provides for an expuncation or sealing of criminal records given the fulfillment of certain requirements. Having your record expunged and/or sealed means that you can have an easier time moving ahead with your life.
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Back in 1983, an 11-year-old girl in North Carolina was brutally raped and murdered. Shortly thereafter, two brothers were arrested for, charged with, and convicted of the crime, and they have been in jail ever since. Until today, that is.
Explosive new DNA evidence has implicated someone else in the murder of the child. As a result, the two brothers will leave prison today free men, having had the last 30 years of their lives stolen from them by a clearly flawed system of justice.

Our criminal defense lawyers at Leifert & Leifert know that while a crime such as the one at the center of this 1983 case is heinous and emotion-fueling, it is critical to rememeber that careless prosecutions can not only fail to serve justice, but can also create a tremendous injustice, as was the case for the two wrongfully-convicted brothers.
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As our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense lawyers know, there is little in life that people like to celebrate more than a day off from work.
This Labor Day, please be aware that some people will go a bit overboard and get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol, and that police officers will be out and about, looking to pull over swerving drivers and setting up DUI checkpoints.

Our Palm Beach and Broward County DUI defense lawyers know that, as a general rule, DUI arrests in South Florida tend to spike during holiday times, especially over Labor Day Weekend, which is often regarded as the last “real” weekend of summer. Because of this, people feel that this time of year is their last to truly enjoy their summer, and that’s why the roads can get dangerous and the county jails tend to fill up.
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