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Two South Florida residents were arrested recently on high-profile sex crimes involving children, one who allegedly exposed himself to young moviegoers and one who allegedly exposed herself to children near a bus stop, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Both defendants will no doubt face high scrutiny from the media and public, which will likely cause prosecutors to take a hard-line stance in their cases. A Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney will take an objective look at the facts and decide upon the best course of action.

In the case in Davie, a man is charged with exposing himself to a young girl at a movie theater. According to the newspaper, the man allegedly cornered a girl after a movie ended, showed her a badge, told her he was a police officer, and exposed himself.
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According to the newspaper, the man allegedly later called the girl and authorities were able to trace his phone number to the call and match him with a police sketch.

In Pompano Beach, a Tamarac woman allegedly exposed her breasts to a group of children waiting for a bus. After being overcharged with lewd and lascivious exhibition, the woman’s first appearance judge downgraded the charge to disorderly conduct.

According to the newspaper, the woman was spotted undressing near a group of children. The judge ordered that she undergo a mental health examination.

In both cases, an experienced West Palm Beach sex crimes law firm can be your best bet to fending off crimes that can expose you to years in prison as well as public embarrassment and sex-offender registration.

In cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct, often young adults or children are the state’s most valuable witnesses. And as is the case sometimes, their testimony can be unreliable. Police may overstep their bounds in their treatment of the defendant. All these are factors that will be explored by aggressive and experienced defense attorneys in Broward County and Palm Beach County.
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With Spring Break in full swing, our criminal defense lawyers in Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale remind vacationers, tourist and residents that increased enforcement can often lead to unfair arrest.

Drunk driving charges in Fort Lauderdale or Palm Beach will be quite common through the end of the special enforcement period on April 3. Other common charges include underage consumption, drug charges, sex charges and charges of assault and battery.
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The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is reporting the cost of a drunk driving conviction can be as high as $20,000, including jail time, probation, mandatory treatment, loss of your driver’s license and skyrocketing insurance premiums. We understand the cost and inconvenience associated with a criminal case, particularly for college students and out-of-state residents, and we work with tourists and young adults to minimize the disruption and the impact on their lives.

“The Florida Highway Patrol isn’t against having a good time. We just want spring breakers to celebrate safely so that no one has to go home in a body bag,” said Patrol Captain Mark Welch. “FHP does not tolerate impaired driving, so drive sober and drive safe.”

About one-third of fatal accidents in Florida are blamed on drunk drivers — and more of those crashes (224) occurred in March of 2009 than in any other month. While most drivers face drunk driving charges for a blood-alcohol threshold of .08 or above, those underage can face charges and the suspension of their driver’s license for testing just .02.

The Miami Herald reports law enforcement have promised stepped-up enforcement efforts after last year saw a double-stabbing and shooting in South Beach amid reports of couples having sex in condo hallways.

Through the first two weeks of March — with three weeks left in the special enforcement period — police had already made 71 arrests and searched 1,630 coolers, which they can only do with probable cause or your permission.
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Florida_nuns.jpgLast Monday, Miami police have accused a South Florida nun of obstructing justice and disorderly conduct. They say the nun interfered with their attempt to arrest a homeless man who was causing a disturbance outside the Missionaries of Charity Shelter. The man was reportedly wielding a knife and ice pick and police had him at gunpoint.

The nun allegedly stepped between the man and the police in an attempt to diffuse the situation and prevent the homeless man’s arrest. She was not taken to jail, but she was cited for disorderly conduct and obstructing justice. Both are misdemeanor offenses.

According to an officer from the Miami Police Department, “she is very passionate about what she does, and she’s very protective. We don’t believe that this was a situation where she was trying to be anything more than protective. Unfortunately, she stepped over the boundary of just being protective to actual interfering.”

Nun Arrested Defending Homeless Man, KIRVOTV.com, June 5, 2009
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