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Hit and Run Penalties After The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Hit and Run Penalties After The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Recently making news in Palm Beach County, FL has been the increase in “hit and run” news stories. Because of the increase in hit and run cases throughout Palm Beach County, FL; the Florida Department of Highway Patrol is pushing a new campaign to educate drivers on the seriousness of hit and run criminal cases. Florida Highway Patrol has announced, in many local news conferences, that the new law regarding hit and run drivers, carries new stiffer sentences. As a matter of fact, if a hit and run driver kills someone in a crash and is later found guilty or pleads guilty to the hit and run causing death, the hit and run driver now faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of four (4) years behind bars.  Florida’s new law… […]

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Honey Oil Manufacturing Arrests in Florida

Honey Oil Manufacturing Arrests in Florida

South Florida law enforcement officers have been very busy, along with South Florida firefighting departments, because of “honey oil” production. Honey oil or butane honey oil “BHO” is a concentrated improvised form of Hash Oil. Hash oil, including honey oil, is derived from marijuana, also known as cannabis. Honey oil is a concentrated form of tetrahydrocannadin “THC” or the active ingredient found in marijuana. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana that provides the user with the “high” after consumption. Honey oil production is a specific type of hash oil that is produced through the use of Butane. Butane is a very flammable and explosive ingredient used in honey oil production. Butane is being suspected by many Law Enforcement Officers as the cause of many recent fires and explosions throughout… […]

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4th Amendment Violations And Your Rights

4th Amendment Violations And Your Rights

The United States Supreme Court Has Now Allowed 4th Amendment Violations to occur because Law Enforcement Officers are Ignorant of the Law. If you do not believe that the government, including the U.S. Supreme Court, is at odds with your freedoms protected by the U.S. Constitution, then just read Heien v. North Carolina, 135 S. Ct. 530, (December 15, 2014). For the first time in the history of American Jurisprudence, the United States Supreme Court has authorized law enforcement officers to stop you in your vehicle, interrogate you, search you and arrest you because the police officers are “dumb!” The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution has been reduced to ignorance of the law, through the recent Heien holding. The facts of Heien in a nutshell are: Sgt. Matt… […]

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Receiving a Subpoena from the SEC

Receiving a Subpoena from the SEC

As a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, located in West Palm Beach, FL; I am asked to review facts regarding white collar crimes on a regular basis. South Florida is froth with White Collar criminals, like Bernie Madoff and Scott Rothstein, as all remember when both of their criminal cases made worldwide news. But what about innocent individuals, who find themselves in trouble because of dumb mistakes regarding business associates or business partnerships. Should we treat those people the same under the law? The answer to the question is NO! Federal laws do treat different wrongs, with different punishments. Recently, the Law Office of Andrew D. Stine has been representing individuals involved with a financial scam labeled JCS Enterprises Services, Inc. (“JCS”), T.B.T.I. Inc. (“TBTI”), and My Gee Bo, Inc. (“Gee… […]

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What Happens After a DUI Stop in Palm Beach?

What Happens After a DUI Stop in Palm Beach?

As a DUI defense lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL defending those arrested and accused of driving under the influence for over a decade, I am constantly reminded of the two most important pieces of evidence that law enforcement officers use against a driver accused of DUI. In a DUI case, the two most important pieces of evidence are: (i) the field sobriety test video and (ii) whether or not the driver provide a breath, blood or urine sample. Those two pieces of evidence, must be thoroughly examined and carefully reviewed by a trained eye and ear, who understands the rules, regulations, and laws regarding the admissibility of the tests and the significances of whether or not the test are inculpatory towards the suspected dui driver. The field sobriety test of… […]

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Domestic Battery Arrests in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County, FL has seen a rise in Domestic Battery arrests over the past few months.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has a must arrest policy, when dealing with domestic battery calls. If you or someone in your home calls 911 and request a deputy sheriff because of a domestic situation, in Palm Beach County, you can bet someone is going to jail after law enforcement officers arrive at the location of the call. This policy of must arrest on domestic battery situations dates back to 1990’s or to the Lita McClinton Sullivan murder. Domestic battery in Florida is easily defined as: (1) actually and intentionally touching or striking another person against their will; (2) with both the alleged defendant and victim being from the same family or… […]

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Implications of the Murray v. State Ruling

Implications of the Murray v. State Ruling

The 4th District Court of Appeals, which oversees all appeals in Broward, Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties just ratified the worst type of police misconduct and exemplifies why a citizen should NEVER speak to Law Enforcement Officers. The 4th DCA in their written opinion of Ungray Murray v. State, actually held that: (i) if law enforcement officials purposefully make false statement in their sworn statement, contained within their affidavit in support of a search warrant, to establish probable cause, the search warrant must be voided, and the evidence seized as a result of the search must be excluded. But on the other hand, the false statement contained within the affidavit of search, made by law enforcement officers, will not invalidate the resulting search warrant if… […]

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Domestic Battery Arrests in Palm Beach County

Domestic Battery Arrests in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County, FL has seen a rise in Domestic Battery arrests over the past few months.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has a must arrest policy, when dealing with domestic battery calls. If you or someone in your home calls 911 and request a deputy sheriff because of a domestic situation, in Palm Beach County, you can bet someone is going to jail after law enforcement officers arrive at the location of the call. This policy of must arrest on domestic battery situations dates back to 1990’s or to the Lita McClinton Sullivan murder. Domestic battery in Florida is easily defined as: (1) actually and intentionally touching or striking another person against their will; (2) with both the alleged defendant and victim being from the same family or… […]

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Custodial Interrogation in West Palm Beach and Your Rights

Custodial Interrogation in West Palm Beach and Your Rights

As a practicing criminal lawyer in West Palm Beach, FL I am continually asked the question by those accused of crimes “whether or not the statements and information that they provided to the police will be used against them?”  The answer that I give them depends on many factors, but the most important thing I ask is whether or not they requested an attorney before or at the time law enforcement officers stopped them and began asking them questions. Both the United States and Florida Constitutions protect criminal defendants from compelled self-incrimination or providing statements against themselves. See U.S. Const. Amend. V and Art. I  sec. 9, Fl Const. The United States Supreme Court has been steadfast in holding that law enforcement officers are required to inform suspects of their… […]

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Palm Beach County’s DUI First Time Offenders Program

Palm Beach County’s DUI First Time Offenders Program

New Year’s Eve celebrations and News Year’s Eve parties led to drastic increases in arrest for DUI drivers in Boca-Raton and North Palm Beach, Florida. While Palm Beach County in general, saw a rise in DUI arrest over the New Year’s Holiday season, Boca-Raton and North Palm Beach law enforcement officers had the biggest spike in DUI arrest throughout Palm Beach County, according to the PBSO booking blotter. Florida leads the nation in DUI arrest with 61,852 as of last year’s statistics, which are the last recorded numbers available. (Statisicbrain.com). The counties of Palm Beach, Broward and Dade are leading the way in putting Florida on the top of the DUI map. During the holidays DUI arrest rise for two reasons: (i) more people drink and drive and (ii) local… […]

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