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As our Delray Beach and Deerfield Beach criminal defense lawyers know, one professional wakeboarder learned in Orlando this past week that wearing a shirt with your known sponsor’s logo on it while robbing a store probably isn’t a good idea if your goal is to get away with the crime.
Law enforcement agencies use all sorts of tools in hunting down individuals who break the law; some of the most useful resources at their disposal are tips they receive from the general public.

Because Michael Kyle Evans is somewhat well-known (at least among pro wakeboarding enthusiasts), tipsters were able to identify him by his sponsor-branded wakeboarding shirt.
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As our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, the issue of interaction between and combination of criminal activity and mental illness or disease is an interesting one which has profound implications for our criminal justice system.
In our society, how we understand mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, etc., not to mention addiction, has evolved a great deal; we are becoming far more understanding with respect to the fact that millions of Americans deal with powerful and difficult issues such as these.

However, the sentences our criminal justice system hands out do not reflect this sort of progression and that needs to change. Instead of treating the mentally ill as if they’re hardened criminals and tossing them in jail, we need to treat them like patients and offer them hospitalization, therapy and/or other alternative forms of rehabilitation. Doing so will benefit both the mentally ill who commit criminal acts as well as the general public.
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Despite South Florida police departments having prepared, as they do every year, for chaos and mayhem during the holiday weekend that just passed, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, there was a decrease in violations and 911 calls for police service during this past Memorial Day Weekend.
As our Delray Beach and West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyers know, decreases in documented criminal incidents likely indicate a decrease in actual criminal activity, especially during a weekend like the one that just passed, when police are out and about looking for people breaking the law.

The decrease in violations is reflected in a number of ways; to begin with, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office revealed that the department issued no citations for county ordinance beverage violations (such as drinking in a county park).
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Our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale DUI defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know that Memorial Day Weekend is one of the business times of year in South Florida, especially in terms of DUI accidents and arrests.
The increase in DUI arrests is not necessarily due to the increase in DUI-related incidents that take place during the holiday weekend; as we know, it’s during this weekend in particular that police departments throughout South Florida and throughout the country set-up DUI checkpoints to catch drunk drivers.

As we discussed earlier this year, though, many Floridians have been giving law enforcement officers difficulty at these checkpoints by providing the necessary information without giving police the opportunity to smell their breath or hear them speak. Whether or not these tactics will work during this DUI-crackdown weekend has yet to be seen.
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According to a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), crimes across Florida dropped to a 44-year low in 2014. At the same time, though, violent crime actually rose in Palm Beach County by 115 incidents (vs. the previous year), although the overall crime rate, including nonviolent crimes, did decrease.
As our Delray Beach and Hollywood criminal defense lawyers know, looking at state crime statistics is a good idea if you want a grasp on the current criminal justice climate. More specifically, local crime stats (such as those dealing with particular counties), paint an even more detailed picture.

In this blog, we are going to explore the particulars of the newly-released reports covering crime drops and increases across Florida, focusing mainly on Palm Beach County which, as noted above, has produced some puzzling statistics.
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People often feel like they’re qualified to offer advice and assistance in areas in which they are not. For example, after watching a legal drama, someone might feel equipped to give a friend legal advice. After watching a medical television show, someone else might feel ready to diagnose a family member’s symptoms.
That said, as our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know, you should never provide professional services requiring a license if you don’t have a license!

Take a lesson from a certain 43-year-old man who was arrested this week in West Palm Beach. Because he offered undercover police officers illegal “dental” services (installing so-called “grills”) at an outdoor flea market, he was arrested and charged with a number of crimes.
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Being arrested isn’t fun, and there probably isn’t anyone out there who’d tell you that when you’re arrested, you should expect gentle treatment and a nice, relaxing atmosphere.
That said, as our Delray Beach and Hollywood criminal defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know, if you’ve been arrested, you do deserve to be treated safely and with respect.

As one Palm Beach County police officer recently learned, beating a suspect and lying about it can land you in some hot water in the form of serious criminal charges.
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As our Fort Lauderdale and Delray Beach DUI defense lawyers know, fights among those in a relationship are common; moreover, when a relationship sours, individuals tend to say things they might not otherwise say. Sometimes, as was the case for a certain Miami woman named Mila Dago, they say things they did mean and that can come back to bite them in the court of law.
During the summer of 2013, Dago was out barhopping when she texted her newly-ex boyfriend such things as “driving drunk woo” and “I’ll be dead thanks to you.” Dago didn’t end up dying in a DUI crash, but unfortunately, the passenger traveling in her car did.

Aside from showing just how dangerous drunk driving can be, this case demonstrates how damaging text messages can be; when there is a record of something you’ve said, that record can come back to be used against you in a criminal trial, especially if you’ve essentially admitted to that which you’re being accused of.
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A string of recent, shocking crimes that have taken place in Florida now have national media figures, local law enforcement agencies and criminal attorneys alike wondering whether the new synthetic drug called flakka is behind the bizarre wave of criminal incidents.
As our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale drug crime defense lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert know, flakka (depicted in the photograph distributed by the Broward Sheriff’s Office to the right), which has been a nightmare for police officers after it hit the market in 2013, is readily available for $5 or less per vial.

With the evident psychological effects that flakka has on those who use the drug, it has become a clear danger to our society; at the same time, it has also shown yet another problem with the misguided war on drugs. Those who want to get high will continue to get high, and when they are sent running for the hills by archaic drug laws, they will come up with “creative” ways to make and use drugs; unfortunately, it is in this atmosphere that flakka thrives.
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Late last week, a Palm Beach County jury acquitted 33-year-old Narcisse Antoine of murder and attempted murder charges in a case stemming from a 2009 shooting outside of a nightclub in West Palm Beach.
The verdict was reached after 11 hours of thoughtful deliberations. As our Delray Beach and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyers know, this was a retrial for Antoine, after an appeals court, last year, tossed a 2011 conviction of attempted second-degree murder and an 40-year prison sentence in the case involving one shooting victim, Jeffrey Thompson according to the Sun-Sentinel.

We know that this acquittal is an example of our criminal justice system working properly — when someone has been wrongly convicted and sentenced, a competent and dedicated defense attorney can help.
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