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Armed Robbery Statistics and Weapons Charges

The FBI is releasing surveillance photographs from a robbery in Sunrise on Tuesday with the hope someone will recognize and report the suspects. The hold up happened around 11:30 a.m. at the City County Credit Union branch on the 8800 block of Northwest 44th Street, agents said. The two robbers entered the credit union, pulled out a weapon, demanded money from a teller then ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were people in the credit union at the time, some were lying on the floor, but there were no reports of any injuries, the FBI said (Source and full story). According to the Uniform Crime Report, robberies of the person make up for approximately 75% of all robberies. The remaining 25% are of establishments and banks (source).… […]

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Arrested on Illegal Possession Of A Firearm

A 13-year-old boy was arrested Friday afternoon after he dropped a gun hidden in the waistband of his pants and it fired when hitting the ground, Fort Pierce Police report. No one was injured when gun went off, said police spokesman Sgt. Dennis McWilliams, who also reported that the gun had been stolen last November in St. Lucie County. Police charged the juvenile with carrying a concealed firearm, grand theft and illegal possession of a firearm by a juvenile. He was taken to the juvenile detention center. What is Gun Possession? Illegal gun possession, also commonly referred to as the criminal possession of a weapon, carries increasingly strict penalties. Many communities have taken steps to reduce gun violence by enacting harsher penalties for not only the use of guns in… […]

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Legitimacy Of Weapons For Defense and Protection

Carrying a Concealed Firearm The crime of Carrying a Concealed Firearm is committed if a person: Knowingly carried on or about his or her person a firearm; and The firearm was concealed from the ordinary sight of another person. The crime of Carrying a Concealed Firearm is classified as a Third Degree Felony and is assigned a Level 5 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. If convicted of Carrying a Concealed Firearm, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties: Up to five (5) years in prison. Up to five (5) years of probation. Up to $5,000 in fines. Defenses to Carrying a Concealed Firearm In addition to the pretrial defenses and trial defenses that can be raised in any criminal case, specific defenses to the… […]

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Armed Robbery, Carrying a Concealed Weapon (CCW) and Weapons Charges

Robbery The illegal stealing or taking of another’s property from that person or another by violence or by threat of violence; aggravated larceny. The personal threat of violence and implicit fear on the part of the victim are essential in order to distinguish robbery from burglary. Armed Robbery Robbery committed by a felon carrying a dangerous weapon, whether or not that weapon is actually used or even shown. The crime is tried as any robbery would be in most states, but the weapon serves to bump up the severity of the crime. Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon can be either “constructive” possession or “actual” possession. While there is no mandatory minimum prison sentence for constructive possession, there is a three year… […]

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Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Undercover police officers put their lives on the line to catch crimes in the act. Law enforcement use police officers to pose as buyers for drugs, weapons, and several other illegal activities. While these methods are often successful, the possibility of entrapment can be an issue. In Pompano Beach, a gun deal involving an undercover deputy went wrong, resulting in the death of the gun dealer. Weapons in Pompano Beach Johnny Wright, 23, of Pompano Beach was under serious investigation from a multi-agency illegal firearms task force operation. This case is an example of how weapons crimes are being watched very carefully by law enforcement throughout South Florida. The illegal gun deal occurred around 4 p.m. in Pompano Beach behind the San Isidro Catholic Church, according to WPTV News. Wright… […]

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How was a Lauderhill Cop Charged with Shooting Firearm from Vehicle?

How was a Lauderhill Cop Charged with Shooting Firearm from Vehicle?

While we as citizens have the right to bear arms, there are so many laws regulating the use, purchase, selling, and carrying of firearms.  Discharging a firearm from a vehicle within a defined proximity of a person for example, is a serious felony. The crime gets even more complicated when it’s an officer in uniform discharging the firearm for reasons that do not involve a heated pursuit. Lauderhill Cop Arrested for Shooting at Another Cop According to a WPTV News report and Lauderhill Police, Officer Kristopher John Bieger, 30 fired several shots at another officer as she worked an off-duty security job at Inverness plaza around 7:30 pm Saturday night. The target of the shooting was in uniform and sitting in her marked patrol car when Bieger opened fire with… […]

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How to Deal with Firearm Possession Charges as a Minor

How to Deal with Firearm Possession Charges as a Minor

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a minor has been arrested and stands accused of firing a gun at a house party near Apopka Saturday night and wounding nine people. It is unclear why the shooting occurred but the teen that opened fire has been charged with several crimes including possession of a firearm by a minor. Possession of a Firearm by a Minor in Apopka Weapons possession without the permits or credentials can be a serious crime. When it is a minor, the consequences are a little different but it is still a serious crime. The suspect in this case is a 17-year-old male who is now being held at a juvenile detention center. He has been charged with eight counts of attempted second-degree murder with… […]

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How to Avoid Conviction of Improper Use of Firearms

It is always interesting to see how cases turn out when the defendant is a police officer. These cases are especially interesting when the incident involves a police officer improperly enforcing their power. In the case of a Boynton Beach Police officer, he has been arrested for improperly using a Taser. Again. The case According to an article in WPTV News, 30-year-old David L. Coffey has a history of using a Taser as his weapon of choice. He has been arrested for using a Taser improperly – yet again – this time near a fellow officer. He has been charged with improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm andculpable negligence. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation,… […]

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How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

How Your Arrest Could be Thrown Out in Palm Beach County

If you have been arrested anytime between now and 2008 by a law enforcement officer representing the Ocean Ridge Police Department or the Riviera Beach department, your arrestrecord, citation, or ticket could be thrown out. This new development was sparked when a news investigator learned that a new law passed in 2008 was overlooked by both police departments. The law Palm Beach Post reporter Cynthia Roldan discovered that in 2008 a new law was passed requiring firearms instructors to be certified by the state. However, the Ocean Ridge Police Department and the Riviera Beach Police Department never got the memo – and never got certified. The compounded effect means that police officers who have been issuing citations and conducting arrests for the last few years were uncertified, rendering all arrests… […]

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How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

As I reported in a previous article, people firing guns for celebration of the New Year should expect to be arrested. According to an article in WPTV News, police arrested five people New Year’s Day for celebratory gunfire. A police officer reported seeing several people firing in the neighborhood. According to arrest reports, he pulled his own weapon and ordered four suspects to the ground. Everett Jermaine Hall, 25, complied with the officer’s order and was charged with misdemeanor firing of a weapon in public. Three other suspects reportedly fled into a nearby house, where officers reported finding several pistols and rifles. Residents of that house, Kevin Donnell Perdue, 23, and Kearshia Bianca Perdue, 21, also were charged with misdemeanor firing a weapon in public. Officers reported that Truman Perdue,… […]

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