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Our Delray Beach and West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have written extensively on the risk you take when uploading incriminating photos to social media.
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If Dupree Johnson hadn’t previously read about the risk on our blog, he sure learned the lesson a little over a year ago when he was charged with an astonishing 142 felonies after a Palm Beach County police officer discovered incriminating “selfie” photos on Johnson’s Instagram page.

In this post, we’ll discuss what law enforcement officers found and what implications that had for Johnson and has for everyone else on social media. Johnson’s case was one of many and while his might’ve been among the most outrageous, people need to take what happened to him as a warning that law enforcement has eyes all over — especially on social media.
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Our Pembroke Pines and Hollywood juvenile defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that the prosecution’s decision to drop criminal charges against the Pembroke Pines teens who uploaded nude pictures of other minors is an important one.
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Last month, we wrote about this case in its infancy; as you may recall, three juveniles were arrested for uploading naked photos of fellow juveniles to an account on the social networking app Instagram. In other words, they were arrested on suspicion of sharing child pornography on the internet.

This week, as we noted above, prosecutors handling the case decided that the three teens would be better suited in therapy and community service than they’d be facing criminal charges. Specifically, the teenagers will be partaking in a juvenile diversion program.
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You may recall Charlie Day’s character in Horrible Bosses, a man who was required to register as a sex offender for urinating (and thus indecently exposing his genitals) in a playground in the middle of the night despite the fact that no children were present.
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This week, a Greenacres couple is feeling a similar wrath of the law; despite the fact that their sexual activity didn’t actually involve any children, they’ve been arrested for and charged with lewd or lascivious behavior for having sex near a playground, in a manner visible to a number of children.

Our West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens sex crimes defense lawyers know that you need to be careful about where and when you choose to engage in sexual activity, because making the wrong call about when to engage in such conduct can turn a personal, intimate event into a public, illegal, and reputation-damaging incident.
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Our Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know that disputes between neighbors are expected. What is out of the ordinary, however, is when one neighbor hurls dog poop at another neighbor in the midst of one such dispute.
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This past week, a Boca Raton woman was arrested for throwing dog feces at her neighbor during an argument over the dog’s preferred location for defecation.

Apparently, the woman had enough of her neighbor’s dog relieving himself on her lawn. However, the manner in which she acted on her outraged landed her in jail and charged with assault on an elderly person.
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know that in the age of the Internet, crime tracking by law enforcement agencies has (to a significant degree) shifted from the physical to the intangible.
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Case in point: a Weston man was arrested yesterday after police used his computer’s IP address to implicate him in a child pornography distribution scheme.

This incident is yet another reminder that just because you can’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there. In other words, simply erasing web history and/or making up fake usernames on the Internet won’t make you immune from tracking, arrest and prosecution by determined law enforcement agencies.
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Nicholas Brendon, the actor known for his roles on Criminal Minds and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested on Friday in Tallahassee for apparently trashing his hotel room.
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know that this isn’t Brendon’s first recent run-in with law enforcement in the Sunshine State; just last month he was arrested in Fort Lauderdale for similar reasons.

The actor faces charges of criminal mischief and property damage for allegedly causing as much as $1,000 of damage in the hotel he was staying at during a comic book convention.
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Yesterday, the Miami Herald reported on a topic of real significance to the criminal defense legal field: ubiquitous corruption throughout Florida’s prison system.
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know that jails and prisons are supposed to be places in which offenders are rehabilitated, where they’ve given a chance to reflect on what they’ve done and reform themselves prior to returning to free society.

However, as new reports from prison inspectors indicate, the so-called spaces of rehabilitation aren’t what they seem to be. According to new testimony, Florida’s prisons are riddled with gang violence, crime, medical neglect and inmate abuse.
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Picture this: everything’s going great in your life until — bam! — you’re arrested for living with your girlfriend or boyfriend. No, it’s not a nightmare you’re having about how your parents will respond to your new relationship; it’s a practical reality under current Florida law.
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Our society truly embodies most the advancements of the 21st century and these progressions have in large part made their way into government practices. With state laws available online, digital fingerprinting in police stations, and court appearances being held by video, it’s clear that the State of Florida is moving forward.

However, as our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, there are a couple of glaringly archaic sections of the Florida State Statutes that keep the Sunshine State tethered to the past, and one of those is the cohabitation law, which makes it a crime for an unmarried man and woman to “lewdly and lasciviously” live together.
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On Monday, a South Florida man was acquitted by a Broward County jury after claiming that the dozens of marijuana plants he had been growing were used “for his own medical purposes.”
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Our Palm Beach and Broward County marijuana crime defense lawyers know that the legal issue of marijuana possession and production is a controversial one in the State of Florida, especially in a year during which the state legislature plans to debate how to handle medical marijuana.

The case, and more particularly its outcome, was a first for the Sunshine State, and it contributes to the increasingly lenient attitudes toward marijuana expressed by our state’s residents.
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As our Palm Beach and Broward County hit-and-run attorneys know, such cases aren’t always as straightforward as they might seem.
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Last week, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that in order for someone to be convicted of leaving the scene of a crash involving an injury, the prosecution must prove that the person had “actual knowledge” they were in a crash in the first place.

This important ruling by the Court will certainly influence how individuals accused of leaving the scene of an accident will fight the charges against them and how people previously convicted of the crime might be able to appeal their convictions.
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