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Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

“There’s no happy ending to cocaine. You either die, you go to jail, or else you run out.” – Sam Kinison Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that comes from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a white crystalline powder that produces feelings of euphoria when it is consumed. It may also be dissolved in water and injected. Crack is a smokable form of cocaine that produces an immediate and more intense high. Both cocaine and crack can be combined with other drugs. Cocaine can be mixed with methcathinone (known as “cat,” which is similar to methamphetamine.) This makes a “wildcat.” A hollowed-out cigar filled with crack and marijuana called a “woolah.” Cocaine or crack mixed with heroin is called a “speedball.” But surprisingly, cocaine and alcohol make… […]

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Palm Beach County DUI Checkpoint Tips – How To Protect Your Rights

Palm Beach County DUI Checkpoint Tips – How To Protect Your Rights

Police departments from Miami to Palm Beach Gardens are setting up roadside checkpoints tonight to make sure motorists are operating safe vehicles and are not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Palm Beach Gardens police will conduct their DUI checkpoint along northbound lanes of U.S. 1 from 11 p.m. Friday 3/19 until 2 a.m. in the morning. The use of roadblocks is fraught with legal issues. The law enforcement agent is actually stopping you and any occupants in the vehicle without probable cause or reasonable suspicion a crime or traffic infraction was committed. This itself can be considered unconstitutional. Here are some important facts you need to know if you get caught up in a DUI roadside checkpoint: A driver can legally avoid a checkpoint location if he… […]

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Another Mortgage Scam Shocks Palm Beach County

Another Mortgage Scam Shocks Palm Beach County

A Boynton Beach couple, a Delray Beach man and a Miami woman were indicted in a $6 million mortgage scam yesterday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of Carlos Cano, 53, of Delray Beach, Robyn L. Colon, 34, of Boynton Beach, Jose L. Colon, 52, of Boynton Beach, and Maria L. Lozada, 40, of Miami. The four are accused of defrauding three banking institutions and other lenders of more than $6 million in loans. Lozada used her company, Southeast Florida Marketing, to receive mortgage proceeds and cash rent payments derived from fraudulently acquired properties, according to the U.S. Attorney’s report. She recruited Cano and the Colons to pose as purchasers who submitted loan applications with false statements about their intent to live in the properties, their employment and assets.… […]

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Getting Arrested for Marijuana in Palm Beach County

Getting Arrested for Marijuana in Palm Beach County

Call marijuana what you want – pot, reefer, ganja, grass or weed. But if you get busted for it in Palm Beach County, you’re going to call it “trouble.” While many U.S. states have decriminalized possession of marijuana for recreational use, Florida still has draconian laws regarding this substance, especially when it comes to trafficking or cultivating it for purposes of distribution. Florida Law Under Florida law, possession of 25 or more plants (formerly 300 plants) is considered intent to sell or distribute, and is a second degree felony carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Possession of… […]

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Delray Beach Teen Sex Crime Suspect Claims He Has an Alibi

Delray Beach Teen Sex Crime Suspect Claims He Has an Alibi

20-year-old Francisco Henry was brought back to Palm Beach County court yesterday to face charges in the Delray Beach, Florida, teen sex case. The crime occurred last month. According to reports, Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other. The crime has shocked the city of Delray Beach and the entire state of Florida. Henry’s lawyer – criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine – asked a judge to preserve evidence that can establish Henry’s alibi. Stine wants all videotapes from a nearby Publix and Wal-Mart, as well as statements witnesses have given to police, to be preserved… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County – Paternity Law

Family Law in Palm Beach County – Paternity Law

Paternity law is one of biggest areas of family law in Palm Beach County today. As the role of the mother and father in the modern American family changes – and the term “family” itself evolves, this part of family law has become more complex and confusing. Paternity law is defined as the legal acknowledgment of the parental relationship between a man and a child. A child born to the wife during a marriage is also the husband’s child under the “presumption of lawful paternity.” The husband is assigned complete rights, duties and obligations to the child. However, during a divorce, annulment or legal separation, this “presumption” can be challenged in court. Jurisdictions often differ on when a judgment establishing paternity based on “presumption” can be set aside on the… […]

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I was Arrested for Shoplifting in Boynton Beach. Now what?

You are going to face a number of legal issues and fines as well as some painful personal embarrassment and humiliation. This is a crime that retailers from Boca Raton to Jupiter take very seriously. But an experienced Palm Beach County criminal defense attorney can save you a lot of the anguish that accompanies a shoplifting charge. Shoplifting is the theft of goods from a retail establishment and one of the most common crimes in Palm Beach County. Most shoplifters are amateurs. There are professionals – however – in the Palm Beach County area who make their living from shoplifting. Store theft – including employees who steal from their employers – costs retailers throughout the country over $41 billion a year, according to a study by the National Retail Federation… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County

Family Law in Palm Beach County

Family law is an area of law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including marriage, divorce, adoption, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders like child custody, child support and alimony. This category of law has grown dramatically in recent years, as courts and legislators have redefined the definition of marriage, divorce, child custody and child support. It has been in the national spotlight many times lately. Despite changes made by federal and state lawmakers, family law remains an emotional issue that always evokes passionate feelings from everyone involved. Palm Beach County has several qualified attorneys who either specialize in family law or incorporate it as part of their practice. History of Family Law The concept of a “family” has changed over the years and the law has… […]

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5 Ways To Beat a DUI Charge in Palm Beach County

5 Ways To Beat a DUI Charge in Palm Beach County

It may seem like the end of the world when you get charged with a DUI – but it’s not. There are many ways a good Palm Beach County defense attorney can get your case thrown out. The faster you have legal representation after a DUI arrest, the better your chances are for a dismissal and expungement. Here are some defenses a good DUI lawyer will use to get your charge dismissed. ILLEGAL STOP AND SEARCH – A driver cannot be stopped unless the police officer has a reasonable and probable cause to believe that a law has been broken. Weaving without crossing any lines is not a violation of the law – you cannot be stopped and your vehicle cannot be searched because of this. INACCURATE FIELD SOBRIETY TESTING… […]

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Drug Trafficking Case # CF-016283 West Palm Beach

In a recent Palm Beach County felony drug trafficking case, criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine was able to gain an acquittal on all counts of a three count indictment -against seemingly insurmountable odds. Florida law states: “Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 4 grams or more of any morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or 4 grams or more of any mixture containing any such substance, but less than 30 kilograms of such substance or mixture, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in illegal drugs”…and such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and the defendant shall be… […]

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