Articles Posted in Violation of Probation

A 23-year-old truck driver from Hollywood is charged with grand theft auto after allegedly stealing a car that hadn’t violated any traffic laws, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Grand theft auto in Fort Lauderdale is a felony and can be punishable by serious time in prison. That’s why it is crucial to consult with a Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Lawyer before making any statements to police or conceding to any searches of your property.
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In this case, the tow truck driver is accused of stealing a car from private property on Northwest 15th Street and taking it to be crushed. According to police, the tow truck driver obtained the vehicle from someone other than the owner and didn’t get the person’s thumb print on a derelict motor vehicle certificate, which is required by state law.

The tow truck driver allegedly took the vehicle to an impound lot, where it was completely crushed. She is charged with grand theft auto, knowingly inducing another to sign a vehicle title and receiving a derelict vehicle without proper paperwork.

She is being held in the Broward County Jail because she has a probation violation on a previous charge of fraudulently obtaining property in another jurisdiction.

This case offers some important lessons to the public. For one, grand theft auto is a serious charge that can result in years in prison. Under Florida law, the amount of possible punishment is determined by the value of the vehicle stolen. According to Florida Statutes 812.014, grand theft is punishable by anywhere from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony. That’s a range of 5 to 30 years.

In this case, the vehicle stolen is a 1992 Ford Escort, so it’s unlikely that the charge will be more than a third-degree felony. But still, that charge can put someone in prison for five years. That kind of charge can ruin a person’s career and reputation and cause many problems in the future.

Second, violation of probation in Fort Lauderdale can have lasting effects. Some defendants believe that getting out of jail time and getting a probation sentence is a walk in the park. But it’s not. Probation officers are paid to hound defendants and make sure they are abiding by every condition of their probation sentence.

Any minor slip-up means the defendant can be right back in front of a judge who might have given them a break with a probation sentence, which typically doesn’t make judges happy. They can sometimes revoke the probation sentence and send a person to prison for the full term of probation. For instance, if a person is sentenced to five years on probation in lieu of prison for a grand theft auto charge but fails a drug test, doesn’t report on time or commits a number of the many conditions of probation, a judge could send that person to prison for five years and revoke the probation sentence.

That’s why making sure your case is properly defended, which sometimes means getting charges tossed out or winning at trial. If not, it means getting the best resolution possible, which sometimes means striking a plea deal that works for the defendant and the state. But this charge carries tough penalties and has to be taken seriously.
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A wild car chase sent six people to the hospital, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Car chase charges should always be handled by an experienced defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale. These are complex cases. Passengers in a car involved in a chase can be victims — but are typically treated by authorities as if they had their foot on the gas. This can be particularly problematic when a serious or fatal accident is involved. In cases where law enforcement treats you as a perpetrator of the crime, you can be held responsible for the serious or fatal injuries that result.
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And that can mean years or even decades behind bars.

In this case, the three men were arrested in Fort Lauderdale and ordered held without bail. The chase began about 6 p.m. Monday in Pompano Beach when Broward sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a black Nissan SUV. Authorities claim the driver accelerated toward two deputies who were in the street making an unrelated arrest.

This will also be an issue of contention for the defense. Authorities will likely charge the driver with assault with a deadly weapon or aggravated against a law enforcement officer. Intent will need to be established and there is a good chance an experienced defense lawyer will be able to get the charge reduced or dismissed. But it illustrates a common theme in charges that stem from a chase: Law enforcement typically file just about every charge they can dream up. What you are charged with is irrelevant. It’s what you are convicted of that matters.

Police say the men ultimately jumped out of the SUV and jumped into a Dodge Caliber hatchback. That car ultimately crashed into a Hyundai — injuring three adults and three children inside.

The Examiner reports police did indeed charge the driver with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. Other charges include resisting arrest, aggravated fleeing in a motor vehicle, failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving injury and burglary with battery.

Two of the men were also charged with probation violations.
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Broward County probation officers supervising felony offenders will have eight less officers on their staff as a result of Florida budget cuts. Reporter Sofa Santana with the Sun-Sentinel reports that probation officers in Broward County face a 10% increase in their case loads with an average of 93 offenders assigned to each probation officer.

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An individual being supervised in Broward County can face a violation of probation for a new arrest, non-compliance with the actual sentencing requirements or a failed drug test. A judge will typically issue a violation of probation warrant which subjects an individual to be re-sentenced up to the maximum penalty for the original offense.
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