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Sex Offender Registration

Sex Offender Registration

Sex offender registration is a system in the United States of America and certain other developed countries designed to allow government authorities to keep track of the residence and activities of ex-sex offenders, including those who have completed their criminal sentences. In some jurisdictions (especially in the United States), information in the registry is made available to the general public via a website or other means. In many jurisdictions registered sex offenders are subject to additional restrictions, including housing. Those on parole or probation may be subject to restrictions that don’t apply to other parolees or probationers. Sometimes these include (or have been proposed to include) restrictions on being in the presence of minors, living in proximity to a school or day care center, owning toys or other items of… […]

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Drug Trafficking in South Florida

Drug Trafficking in South Florida

Florida mandatory minimum drug laws are severe. Possessing more than four grams of oxycodone may result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years whether you intended to sell the drugs or not. Florida law states: 28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $50,000. 200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 7 years, and ordered to pay a fine of $100,000. 400 grams or more, that person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 calendar years and pay a fine of $250,000. Florida law also… […]

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Criminal Attorney Selection Process

Criminal Attorney Selection Process

If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the defense attorney you choose to represent you. With so many lawyers to choose from, how do you select the one that would serve your immediate needs and prepare you for the best defense possible? Consider the following steps to help you with the search for your criminal defense lawyer: Do a Google search for an attorney in the area where you were charged. The search must also include a specific charge you were charged with, for example: DUI in West Palm Beach, Drug Trafficking in Florida, etc. Narrow your search… […]

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Robbery Cases in Palm Beach County

Robbery Cases in Palm Beach County

Investigators from different police agencies may add 5 more robberies to the recent theft cases involving women who have been drugging men in bars and stealing their cash and jewelry. As reported by Michael Laforgia from Palm Beach Post, “If the crimes are connected to thefts that first prompted detectives to compare notes last week, it means at least two women are responsible for 10 robberies in the past eight weeks. Police suspect they made off with more than $50,000 in valuables.” Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of force and or by putting the victim in fear. At common law, robbery is defined as taking the property of another, with the intent to permanently deprive the person of… […]

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West Palm Beach Police Protest SunFest

West Palm Beach Police Protest SunFest

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The annual Sunfest musical festival begins today in downtown West Palm Beach and will run through Sunday May 2nd. The 2010 music lineup includes Weezer, Patti Labelle, ZZ Top, REO Speedwagon, Smashmouth, Sister Hazel, Sean Kingston, the B-52’s, and Ben Harper. Downtown traffic is always affected during the time of the famous Florida festival, only this time, plan on seeing many off-duty cops protesting. As announced earlier in April, West Palm Beach Police Officers planned to protest SunFest with about 100 officers holding the signs for the entire duration (5 Days) of the festival. The president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, which represents the West Palm Beach officers, says he wants to make it clear they are refusing to “volunteer” to sign… […]

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Animal Rights Advocates Seek New Draft on Animal Cruelty Law

Animal Rights Advocates Seek New Draft on Animal Cruelty Law

Animal cruelty covers a wide range of crimes against many different kinds of animals. Basically, there are two categories of animal cruelty – passive (neglect) or active (intentional) – and there are many examples: starvation, dehydration, confinement, inadequate shelter, hoarding, puppy mills, illegal slaughterhouses, untreated wounds and dog fighting and baiting. To add to the already horrifying acts of animal cruelty, there come “crush” videos, also known as squish or trampling videos. Such videos cater to fetishists who gain sexual gratification from watching women torture and kill small animals by stepping on them. With popularity of social media and friend-sharing networks, the availability and production of crush videos are increasing dramatically, therefore causing concern for many animal rights activists. Such disturbing videos and images were found illegal until last week,… […]

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Another Palm Beach County Man Is Arrested for Internet Child Pornography

Another Palm Beach County Man Is Arrested for Internet Child Pornography

A West Palm Beach man was recently charged with possessing 99 images of child pornography, according to authorities. Palm Beach police arrested Walter Devault, age 21. He is being held at the Palm Beach County jail on a $297,000 bond. Palm Beach police spokeswoman Janet Kinsella said the arrest resulted from an investigation by the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children task force, an agency comprised of local police departments that has been responsible for many arrests across the region and nation. Internet Child Pornography – A Growing Problem in Palm Beach County As more people use the Internet, more people are being charged with these crimes. The Sun-Sentinel reported 10 recent child porn cases in the South Florida area. According to some experts, internet porn suspects are getting younger… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County – Alimony

Family Law in Palm Beach County – Alimony

Alimony is defined as the maintenance or spousal support that is an obligation established by a divorce. The obligation is based on the premise that both spouses supported each other during the marriage and alimony is the extension of that obligation after a separation or divorce. History Liberalization of divorce occurred in the nineteenth century, but divorce was only possible in cases of marital misconduct. As a result, the requirement to pay alimony was linked to the concept of “fault” in the divorce. Alimony to wives was paid because it was assumed that the marriage would have continued except for the misbehavior of the husband. According to the American Bar Association, marital fault is a “factor” in awarding alimony. As a man’s income increased, the awarding of alimony increased. No-fault… […]

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3 Louisiana Prison Escapees Are Accused of Kidnapping a Jupiter, Florida Man

Three desperate convicts from Louisiana kidnapped a Jupiter High School graduate recently, led him into some dark woods in Tallahassee and then returned from the woods without him, according to police. The convicts fled and a crime spree ran the length of Florida, from Tallahassee to Miami. Finally on April 12, 2010, authorities cornered the convicts in Miami and brought them back to a Tallahassee jail. “They didn’t have to kill him that way,” one of the convicts said, according to authorities. The convict stopped talking when he realized police had not found the kidnapped man yet. The convict said he wanted to speak to a lawyer. The three convicts were initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but now they have been charged with kidnapping to facilitate… […]

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Manslaughter in Palm Beach County, Florida

Manslaughter in Palm Beach County, Florida

Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of one human being by another without express or implied intent to do injury. The law differentiates between levels of this crime based on the “mens rea” – or state of mind. Manslaughter is broken down into two different categories: voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Voluntary manslaughter – Caught up in the moment Voluntary manslaughter occurs when an individual kills someone in the heat of anger or passion or while committing a felony. For example, a killing is committed right after catching a spouse in the act of adultery. Involuntary manslaughter – Accidental but life-altering This occurs when a death is caused by serious negligence or a violation of a non-felony like reckless driving (“vehicular manslaughter”). There are two types of involuntary manslaughter charges: criminally… […]

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