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Public Defender vs. Private Defense Lawyer

Public Defender vs. Private Defense Lawyer

The difference between a public defender and a criminal defense lawyer is important when considering your legal representation. Having an attorney on your side is imperative. You must be proactive after your arrest regardless of what kind of charges are filed against you. The Public Defender A public defender is a licensed attorney, assigned to represent people who are charged with a crime and who desire legal representation but who cannot afford to hire a privately retained attorney. Different jurisdictions use different approaches to providing legal counsel for criminal defendants too poor to hire a private attorney. Under the federal system and most common among the states is through a publicly funded public defender office. Typically, these offices function as an agency of the federal, state or local government and… […]

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Coast Guard Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana

Coast Guard Seizes 800 Pounds of Marijuana

The Coast Guard seized almost 800 pounds of marijuana around midnight Saturday from a 20-foot vessel traveling west from Bimini, Bahamas, according to a press release. After receiving reports of a suspicious vessel, crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Diamondback located and boarded the craft to conduct an safety inspection. The marijuana was discovered in plain sight. Crew members detained two suspected smugglers from the vessel, and they offloaded 47 bricks of marijuana with an estimated street value of $725,000 at Coast Guard Station Fort Lauderdale. The suspects were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and the drugs and vessel were transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Patrol officers in Fort Lauderdale. Drug Defense Many drug cases can be resolved if your criminal… […]

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Palm Beach County Computer Crimes

Palm Beach County Computer Crimes

Computer crimes, cyber crimes or Internet crimes – are a growing problem in Palm Beach County. As more people use the Internet, more people are being charged with these crimes. Some activities have recently been criminalized. Here are the two major categories of computer crimes you should be aware of: Crimes that target computer networks directly. (These are considered by some to be victimless crimes.) Malware – This stands for malicious software. It is software designed to infiltrate a computer system without an owner’s consent. Computer Viruses – A computer program that can copy itself and infect a computer. DoS Attacks (Denial of Service) – An attempt to make a computer resource unavailable for its intended use. Crimes that are facilitated by computers but the targets are individuals. (These crimes… […]

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Dolphins Player Arrested for Aggravated Battery

Dolphins Player Arrested for Aggravated Battery

According to the Sun-Sentinel, authorities arrested Miami Dolphins backup defensive end Phillip Blaine Merling, 25, on Wednesday. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery on a victim he should have known was pregnant. Merling is accused of hitting his wife in the head and face, her lip was bleeding as a result. Judge John Hurley has ordered Merling to stay away from his wife, who is two months pregnant with their second child. Merling, a second-round draft pick in 2008, is beginning his third pro season after his career at Clemson. Including his arrest, four Dolphins have been arrested since early February. Merling is out on a $15,000 bond. Aggravated Battery Law According to the 2009 Florida Statutes, in order for a person to be charged with battery,… […]

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Investment Fraud in Delray Beach

Investment Fraud in Delray Beach

According to the Associated Press, In Delray Beach, a former city commissioner is charged with a fraudulent investment. Charlotte Gilmore Durante, a licensed real estate broker, is accused of defrauding investors out of approximately $1.8 million. Durante allegedly used the money towards the nonprofit Museum of Lifestyle and Fashion History run by her daughter, Lori. Durante was arrested Wednesday and charged with grand theft, money laundering, and a few other charges. She had guaranteed promising returns to investors who boosted down payments for her clients. Durante is known for making history in the 1970s as one of Delray Beach’s first black female city commissioners, according to the Associated Press. Her career may never recover. How it Works This specific type of fraudulent investment is known as a Ponzi scheme. It… […]

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Man Arrested for Fatally Stabbing Dog

Man Arrested for Fatally Stabbing Dog

According to the Palm Beach Post, a man was charged with animal cruelty with death for cutting his dog’s throat twice last Saturday. Kenneth Russell Hall, 39, cut his pit bull’s throat after the dog got into a fight with another dog, then again to make sure it was dead. Hall has a history of arrests including probation violation, DUI, and domestic battery. He was being held with a $10,000 bail. Animal Cruelty Law Animal cruelty in Florida should not be taken lightly. Stray overpopulation is a serious problem and is the cause of many animal cruelty cases. The Florida animal law statute states that “A person who intentionally commits an act to any animal which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or… […]

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Underage Drinking and DUI’s in Palm Beach County

Underage Drinking and DUI’s in Palm Beach County

Florida is cracking down on underage drinking and drunk driving. A DUI arrest in Florida is a serious offense. There are severe short and long term consequences. A Florida DUI should be taken very seriously. If you have been arrested for a DUI, you must have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to help you fight the charges and rebuild your life. It is important to understand the law and consequences of being arrested for DUI. In the state of Florida, a driver with drugs or alcohol in his or her system can be arrested for a DUI for driving as though impaired. It does not matter how much alcohol is in a driver’s system. Or, a driver can be arrested based on his or her blood alcohol… […]

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How to Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney

How to Choose a Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defense attorneys fight for what they believe in. If your defense attorney believes in your innocence, he or she will do the research and put forth the effort to ensure your vindication. Defense attorneys fight for the preservation and continuation of everyone’s constitutional rights. Due to the fact that the criminal justice system is so complex, it is almost impossible for a defendant faced with serious criminal charges to be vindicated without the aid of a competent defense attorney. Every criminal case is unique, which makes it imperative to hire an experienced and adequate defense attorney. It is important to recognize the countless amounts of variables involved in each case. A defendant must hire an attorney he or she can work with, believe in, and trust. The particulars in… […]

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Why You Must Know Your “Miranda Rights”

Why You Must Know Your “Miranda Rights”

When accused of a crime and arrested by the police the most natural emotion is fear. Unfortunately, fear often leads individuals to make dire mistakes given the circumstances and chief among those mistakes is talking to the police without an attorney. A clear head and a knowledge of how real world cases are handled is essential in this situation. Television media has given many false impressions about what happens after an arrest as well as at trial. In television law dramas confessions are forced out of all to loose-lipped suspects and defendants are badgered into confessions on the witness stand. In reality, a person accused of a crime has certain protective rights; rights he or she needs to know and exercise. These are commonly known as the “Miranda Rights.” In… […]

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Life Sentence For Minors

Life Sentence For Minors

Life imprisonment (also known as a life sentence, life-long incarceration or life incarceration) is a sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime where the convicted person is to remain in prison for the rest of his or her life. Examples of crimes for which a person could receive this sentence include murder, high treason, severe or violent cases of drug or human trafficking, or aggravated cases of burglary or robbery resulting in death or great bodily harm (source: wikipedia) This sentence does not exist in all countries. However, where life imprisonment is a possible sentence, there may also be formal mechanisms to request parole after a certain time of having been in prison. This means that a convict could be entitled to spend the rest of the sentence (i.e., until… […]

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