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Motion to Suppress Evidence in Michael Kagdis Case

Motion to Suppress Evidence in Michael Kagdis Case

There is rich. There is super rich. Then there is Palm Beach. Palm Beach, Florida is a world unlike anywhere else – an ultra-exclusive island awash with spectacular estates and fabulously manicured lawns. It is a place where new money and old money play all day and party all night long. There are a few towns in America that are wealthier than Palm Beach but there is no town with more history or snob appeal. Even the rich get into trouble now and then. So what happens when a Palm Beacher gets arrested? They don’t retain a gentleman attorney from their country club. They go across Royal Park Bridge and hire an aggressive street fighter from West Palm Beach. Michael Kagdis, a famous Palm Beach resident, is out on bail… […]

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What is an Oral Argument?

What is an Oral Argument?

Florida Supreme Court offers the following definition of an Oral Argument: Oral argument is not really an “argument.” Rather it is more like a high-powered conversation between the justices and the attorneys. The attorneys have an opportunity to add to the arguments contained in their briefs (written arguments submitted to the court before oral argument). Oral argument also lets the attorneys clear up misconceptions or questions raised by their briefs. A case selected for argument usually involves interpretations of the U. S. Constitution or federal law. At least four Justices have selected the case as being of such importance that the Supreme Court must resolve the legal issues. An attorney for each side of a case will have an opportunity to make a presentation to the Court and answer questions… […]

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Credit Card Fraud in Florida

Credit Card Fraud in Florida

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the cost of credit card fraud may be as high as $500 million a year. Consumer pay for the fraud through higher finance charges, annual fees and increased costs for law enforcement investigations and prosecutions. To protect yourself against credit card fraud, consider the following: Protect your bills and credit cards Unscrupulous scam artists often raid mailboxes or use “phishing” scams online to gather credit card account numbers and other financial information. If your cards or bills are late, contact your credit card company. Sign all credit cards as soon as they arrive. Keep a record of your credit card numbers in a secure place and include in that record the expiration date, phone number and address of the card issuer. Check… […]

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Child Neglect Case in West Palm Beach

Child Neglect Case in West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Post. The mentally disturbed mother of a young girl who was found walking alone in the Westgate neighborhood of surburban West Palm Beach has been charged with child neglect without bodily harm, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office affidavit. The sheriff’s affidavit states this isn’t the first time Gramson left her daughter alone. A neighbor told detectives Gramson walked off, leaving her daughter by herself two years ago. Child neglect is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment in the United States. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), of the approximately 899,000 children in the United States who were victims of abuse and neglect in 2005, 62.8 percent (564,765 children) suffered from neglect alone, including medical neglect (USDHHS, 2007). According to… […]

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Human Trafficking In Florida

Human Trafficking In Florida

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which victims are used for forced labor or sexual exploitation. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is a federal law that criminalizes the act of human trafficking and was first signed into action in early 2000. According to U.S. law under the TVPA, human trafficking is defined as “sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery”. The TVPA was reauthorized… […]

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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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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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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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West Palm Beach Florida Man Will Be Sentenced for Arson Today

West Palm Beach Florida Man Will Be Sentenced for Arson Today

Helmut Goellnitz, 48, faces sentencing today, 4/20/10, in connection with the burning of a North Palm Beach beauty salon last year. Goellnitz confessed to paying someone $1,000 to burn down the Touchee Beauty Salon in North Palm Beach because his girlfriend wasn’t happy with the eyelash extensions she got there. The beauty salon even offered his girlfriend a refund and eventually gave her a “redo.” That wasn’t good enough for Goellnitz. According to records, Goellnitz “wanted to make a statement not to mess with him and he was going to show them.” He told witnesses that he paid someone to “burn the son of a bitch” down. Helmut Goellnitz pleaded guilty to arson charges last month and faces a minimum of five years in prison at his sentencing today. Arson… […]

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