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This year, the story of two Florida sisters accused of shooting and killing their brother has gripped much of the country. Early reports indicated that the 15-year-old girl shot and killed the 16-year-old brother, while the 11-year-old girl served as a “lookout” while her older sister retrieved the gun from a bedroom.
Initially, the two were going to be charged with murder. Then, in February, they were both released, with charges ruled out for the younger sister. Finally, last month, it was announced that the older sister would also be spared murder charges, a decision made in light of the alleged abuse the two sisters had suffered.

Our West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale juvenile defense lawyers know that this case serves as a great example of how impressionable children are and how seemingly criminal and malicious actions are often just the consequence of abuse and neglect.
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Our Delray Beach and West Palm Beach juvenile defense lawyers know that felony charges are not reserved for suspected murderers, drug cartel leaders and armed bank robbers. Earlier this month, a Florida teenage was arrested for and charged with a felony relating to a prank he pulled on his teacher.
The 14-year-old teenager allegedly logged into his school’s internet network using an administrative password (without permission, of course) and changed a teacher’s computer background to an image the teen thought would be funny.

While the desktop background image prank might seem harmless, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the arrest and charges were warranted because someone who hacks into a protected internet network, such as a school district’s, has access to a great deal of sensitive and confidential information.
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According to a report by the Sun Sentinel, a Broward man was recently arrested for posessing homemade liquor and the tools with which he allegedly produced (and intended to continue making) the moonshine.
Producing moonshine conjures images of the days of Prohibition, during which it was illegal to proaduce, sell, transport or import alcohol in and within the U.S. from 1920 through 1933. But, as our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense lawyers know from experience, criminal cases arising from the illegal production of alcohol are quite common — even in, as the article puts it, “sophisticated South Florida.”

The issue of illegally producing alchol is a complicated one. You don’t need illegal substances to create illegal alcohol; unlike making pot brownies, for which you need to illegaly obtain marjiuana, you can make home-brewed alcohol with just a few, legal ingredients, including water, yeast and table sugar.
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Our South Florida criminal defense lawyers know that most people are confused if not outraged by the apparent miscarriage of justice in the case of Ryan Holle, the young Florida man convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison for a crime for which prosecutor’s agree he was not present.
In addition to the fact that his absence from the crime scene was and remains indisputable, there is also no evidence that Holle (or anyone else involved) even knew a murder would take place. He was only “involved” in the incident insofar as he lent his car to his friend, who drove a couple of men to a house to steal marijauana; something went wrong, and one of the men who was dropped off in Holle’s car killed an 18-year-old girl.

Nevertheless, according to Florida’s so-called felony murder rule, codified in State Statute 782.04, anyone who is involved in the perpetration of certain felonies (including armed robbery) at any level can be charged with first-degree murder if a death (a murder by the perpetrator or a death due to the intervention of a police officer) occurs in the commission of said felony. Thus, although Ryan Holle merely lent his car to a friend, because a murder was committed by someone who was driven to the crime scene by someone driving Holle’s car, Holle will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
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Yes, you read that correctly. According to the Sun Sentinel, a 27-year-old South Florida shop owner was arrested and jailed on Monday for allegedly selling contact lenses to people who did not have prescriptions. Although contact-lens-385768-m.jpg the man suspected of illegally selling contact lenses was released on $3,000 bond, he still faces a felony charge here in Florida.

As our criminal defense attorneys know, you can get injected into the criminal justice system for far less than trafficking drugs and robbing houses. Sometimes, seemingly harmless, even helpful, actions can land someone in jail, as evidenced by this story out of Palm Beach County.
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It’s been well-documented that witnesses to crimes are far too often unreliable in a court of law.
In some cases, it’s because they’re traumatized. Other times, they simply aren’t sure of what they saw or heard, yet they don’t want to disappoint the police and prosecutors on the case. And then, of course, there are those cases in which they are flat-out lying.

Our Broward felony defense attorneys know this unfortunately happens more often than one might think.
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A spate of South Florida “road rage” incidents in recent years has led prosecutors to aggressively press forward with felony charges such as battery, aggravated battery and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
However, two of those cases have recently ended in jury acquittals. A third is slated for trial in December.

Our felony defense attorneys in Broward know that these kind of serious charges can result in years behind bars. It’s a terrifying prospect, particularly given the fact that many road rage defendants have never before been on this side of the law.
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A former West Palm Beach weatherman has been convicted on two of the three charges he’d been facing: child pornography and child exploitation.
In a high-profile case played out in a Palm Beach County courtroom, the former television personality was accused of exchanging hundreds of sexually explicit text messages and images with a 15-year-old boy. Prosecutors also alleged the two met on one occasion and engaged in oral sex, though that was a charge the defense denied and of which he was ultimately acquitted.

Our Palm Beach felony defense attorneys understand the defendant still faces 20 years in prison (or as few as 34 months), though he may serve more if convicted of unlawful sexual activity with a minor in a separate case involving a 17-year-old high school junior.
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A Royal Palm Beach man was arrested on Monday, September 30th, in connection with a fatal hit-and-run. The 30-year-old man is accused of having hit (and killed) a biker with his car and then moving the corpse of the victim into a patch of bushes outside a local McDonald’s.

The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Leifert & Leifert know that dealing with a hit-and-run can be complicated, unnerving and life-altering; all of these are even more true when the hit-and-run ends in the death of an innocent person.

According to an article about the incident published by the Sun Sentinel, the suspect was driving home from work when, at around 12:30 A.M., he struck the victim, who had been riding his bike in the bike lane, illuminated with lights and reflectors for safety. The suspect claimed that he hit the biker when he looked down for a brief moment.
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In Coral Springs, a man accused of possessing some 300 files of child pornography on his computer is preparing to stand trial, where he faces up to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

There is no question that the alleged sexual exploitation of children is one of the most reviled crimes for which you can be accused. Unfortunately, many people – from police to the public – are going to treat an accusation as gospel. These cases are very tough to defend because no one wants to take the chance of a child predator going free. Those accused of child sex crimes in Florida generally don’t receive the benefit of the doubt.

Still, there is ample evidence throughout history that the criminal justice system, for as much as it is revered, does not always get it right.
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