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Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law Could Be Strengthened

The ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ is a very controversial law that has come into the spotlight in recent years. In many states, the law allows people to stand their ground and use deadly force as a means of self protection. The Stand Your Ground Law In Florida Florida was the first state in America to pass a stand-your-ground law 12 years ago and since, 34 other states have followed in their tracks. Currently, the stand-your-ground law in Florida states that residents are allowed to use force as a method of self-defense if they feel as though their lives are in danger. Defendants can opt for immunity under the current law as long as there is evidence present. The state of Florida has just passed measures that would bolster the law, taking… […]

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The Independent Act: Co-Defendants Can Be Arrested, Charged and Convicted

In the State of Florida, co-defendants can be arrested, charged and convicted for the actions of their cohorts; even if one co-defendant knew of the elements of the criminal enterprise, but did not actually commit the crime itself. But isn’t it a defense in Florida to argue that the co-defendant who did not “know” of the plan to further the criminal episode is in fact protected by Florida’s “independent act doctrine.” The answer is yes, and more importantly was just written about extensively in an opinion from the 4th District Courts of Appeals that overturned Palm Beach Circuit Judge Stephen A. Rapp’s decision that condemn a woman for life. At the onset, there is nothing nice or good to say about Judge Rapp and in fact he has caused the… […]

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Medical Marijuana Law Passes, Rendering Florida’s Criminal Marijuana Laws Unconstitutional

Florida Drug Laws made be out of touch with “new” science and the new law passed by Governor Scott as it pertains to Schedule I narcotics. Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s Medical Marijuana Bill into effect. The new law allows limited use of “charlotte’s web” Marijuana, a strain of Marijuana with low tetrahydrocannidinol or THC, the active ingredient responsible for the high in Marijuana. The purpose of the law is to allow patients who are suffering from diseases like: epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease to seek relief from pain, to allow for appetite and to provide reduction or elimination of tremors and seizures. So this new Florida Marijuana Law with the updated science shown through its passage arguable renders Florida’s Comprehensive… […]

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I’m a Convicted Felon – What Happens if I’m Charged with Possession of a Firearm?

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a Polk County man has been accused of poaching wildlife and was caught and arrestedafter boasting about it on Facebook. He is facing several charges including unlawful hunting and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Crime For a convicted felon, he wasn’t very careful. Darin Lee Waldo, 43, unknowingly chose to exchange photographs of illegally killed game with investigators, participated in chat rooms describing his actions and even invited undercover agents to participate in two illegal hunts. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported these violations on Friday. They say he and other suspects hid small boats and guns at Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area near Haines City. Waldo is charged with possession of a firearm… […]

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How Facebook led to Animal Cruelty Arrests

How Facebook led to Animal Cruelty Arrests

Animal cruelty charges can seriously impact your life. It is a common occurrence in Palm Beach County, which led the county to pass an ordinance strictly regulating care and treatment of animals. Despite the new ordinance, there are still some extreme animal cruelty cases that make headlines. According to WPTV News, a mother and a daughter were both facing felony charges of animal cruelty. Sheriff Deryl Loar considers the incident to be one of the worst cases of animal cruelty the county has seen in a while. The women were arrested at their home near Vero Beach. The arrests resulted from a nearly month-long investigation that began with a Facebook video. Allegedly, the two women had posted a video on a private Facebook page of themselves encouraging their two dogs… […]

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Animal Law Conference Next Tuesday

Animal law is evolving rapidly and the changes can be seen throughout the nation. The laws in South Florida changed to make the laws that protect animals much stricter, specifically the tethering laws. These new laws have seen a spike in animal cruelty arrests in the area, and the laws are only continuing to change. Animal Law Conference A live audio conference will be held on November 15 at 1:00 pm ET for a full hour and 30 minutes discussing the field of animal law. The conference is hosted by Lorman Educations Services and will discuss issues like litigation, legislation, and corporate/transactional work. It is important to understand how much animal law is changing and developing throughout the country and this conference can serve as a comprehensive introduction to the… […]

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Aggravated Battery On a Law Enforcement Officer

Aggravated Battery On a Law Enforcement Officer

Deandre Newton of Boynton Beach is facing multiple charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.  According to Boynton Beach Police Department arrest report, Mr. Newton is accused of leading police officers on a chase, crashing into police patrol car and fighting with officers. “After hitting the officer’s patrol car, Newton hit the gas and drove south onto the Interstate, swerving through traffic and speeding with several officers in pursuit”, the report stated. The Camry exited at Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and Newton jumped out in the 800 block of Southwest Third Court, leaving the car in drive” At the crime scene, police discovered a 7th month old baby. See full story, source Florida Violent Crime Violations Assault/Battery: Fla. Stat. §§ 784.03 & 784.011 – Assault and battery… […]

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Arrested on Grand Theft Charges

Arrested on Grand Theft Charges

Two Boynton Beach residents were on a electronic shopping theft spree, accused of leaving Walmart with stolen electronics worth about $1,760. The security guard watched two men leave with a cart full of electronics only to come back shortly after to get more. The second trip resulted in police interception at the exit. Akinsvil Paulvil, 21, and Licence Sineas, 19 are facing grand theft charges and currently held at Palm Beach County jail. In Florida, the seriousness of a theft charge depends upon the amount taken. Theft of $300 or less is misdemeanor petty theft, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Theft or embezzlement of more than $300 is grand theft, a felony that may be subject to a mandatory minimum prison… […]

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Colorado School Shootings. Do New Gun Laws Make A Difference?

Colorado School Shootings. Do New Gun Laws Make A Difference?

Another school shooting shocked the country during the last month of 2013. An 18-year-old student wounded a fellow student before killing himself at Denver high school. According to the authorities, he entered the building carrying a shotgun, a machete and three incendiary devices in his backpack and had ammunition strapped to his body. The sheriff said at a news conference that the teenager bought the pump-action shotgun legally on Dec. 6 at a local store. Anyone over 18 is allowed to buy a shotgun in Colorado; only those over 21 can legally buy a handgun. Why Sheriffs in Colorado Refuse To Enforce New Gun Control Laws? After mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Connecticut, the new gun laws went into effect this year and dictate background checks for private… […]

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Facing Federal Charges

Facing Federal Charges

Quinton Mitchell, a Bahamian national, was arrested last week and now is facing federal charges in the alleged marijuana trafficking operation off Jupiter Island. There were 3 other men involved in pot smuggling operation and authorities are still searching for the other passengers who were on the boat. To help with investigation, other agencies were involved and they include: investigators from Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Agency, Jupiter Island police, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Florida Fish and Wildlife. According to federal officials, the bales of marijuana weighed about 520 pounds in total and that the street value of the drugs was estimated to be about $1.6 million. Mitchell made his initial appearance Wednesday before a U.S. magistrate and… […]

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