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What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

Crimes committed against children are a heinous but unfortunately realistic part of our society. A lot of times, when a parent is arrested on child abuse charges, it is not the first time that parent has been investigated by the Department of Children and Families. Investigations are usually conducted after a teacher, neighbor, or family member reports suspicion to the authorities. Child Abuse in the Name of Discipline According to the following article from the Palm Beach Post, a mother was arrested for biting her son: LAKELAND, FLA. — A Lakeland mother has been arrested for child abuse after family members said she bit her son. Police investigated 26-year-old Ann Marie Kane after Department of Children and Families officials reported three adult-sized bite marks on her son. According to an arrest… […]

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How Serious is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

How Serious is Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a residual charge usually added on to a drug possession or drug trafficking charge. While possession of drug paraphernalia is a first-degree misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to a year in jail and expensive fines. Even if you walk away on probation for the misdemeanor offense, you most likely could end up with a permanent criminal record. Drug Possession and Paraphernalia in Long Key A Monroe County sheriff’s deputy saved the life of a Miami man hallucinating on mushrooms and apparently intent on drowning himself Saturday. Daniel Yepez, 21, began running when Deputy Nicholis Whiteman responded to a call. Yepez ran into the water saying he wanted to drown. Deputy Whiteman and Yepez’s friend Jason Mavila ran after him. The three struggled but Whiteman… […]

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Florida Drug Statute Declared Unconstitutional – What This Could Mean for You

Florida Drug Statute Declared Unconstitutional – What This Could Mean for You

Florida’s passed the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act in 2002 that eliminated criminal intent as an element of the crime. Florida is the only state to eliminate criminal intent. A federal judge has now declared this drug statute as unconstitutional saying that criminal intent is not required to be proven by prosecutors. Florida’s Drug Crimes According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, U.S. District Judge Mary S. Scriven used the example of a student who hides his cocaine in a friend’s backpack without telling him. The friend has no idea it was there but is still guilty of possession due to the Florida statute, even if he had no intent to possess it or didn’t know it was there. Judge Scriven stated that elimination of the… […]

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What to do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Battery

What to do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Battery

Domestic battery is an unfortunate but common occurrence. It often goes unreported to authorities because the victims fear retaliation. The victims also try to convince themselves that it is not a consistent pattern and the perpetrator will change. This mentality can lead to worse crimes. The article below discusses how a woman’s friends helped step in to prevent anything else happening from this domestic battery case. Domestic Battery in Greenacres According to an article in WPTV News, a 47-year-old Greenacres man was arrested early Monday and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. Police say he strangled his former sister-in-law but it is still unclear who’s story is correct. Pedro Almanza-Flores was released after his first court appearance Tuesday morning with the order that he be under supervision, have no contact… […]

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Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

As discussed in a previous blog post on July 8th, Boynton Beach Police Department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010, 28-year-old David Britto, was indicted earlier this month on charges of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. If convicted, Britto is facing life in prison. On Monday, Britto pleaded not guilty before a U.S. Magistrate judge. He remains on paid administrative leave. According to WPTV News, Britto has faced a total of seven internal affairs investigations since he was hired in 2006, three of those allegations against him sustained. In 2008, he was suspended for cursing at… […]

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How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

In 2009, there were 30,911 reported robberies. That number continues to increase. Out of every state in the country, Florida ranks the 5th highest for the robbery rate as of 2009, according to The Disaster Center. There is generally a new robbery every day locally in West Palm Beach covered in the news. Robbery in St. Lucie County One young man has been captured and charged with robbery of the Fort Pierce city manager’s home, according to Fort Pierce Police and WPTV News Channel 5. He is one of three former high school football players, some of which played at Fort Pierce Westwood High School and the others at Fort Pierce Central High School, according to the article. The former athletes who were arrested Thursday are: Andre Townsend, 18; Cameron Toombs,… […]

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What can I do if I’m Facing Child Neglect Charges?

What can I do if I’m Facing Child Neglect Charges?

An 18-month-old’s future is in the hands of the law now after his father was arrested Saturday on child neglect charges. The case was so severe that an emergency hearing has been scheduled for today to determine who will receive custody of the child. It is highly unlikely that the father will be able to have the child in his care ever again. The following is an article from WPTV News Channel 5: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor called authorities after spotting an 18-month-old boy picking up beer cans and drinking out of them outside his Orlando home. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the child’s father Saturday night and an emergency hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at the Juvenile Justice Center in Orlando to determine who will take… […]

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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 an Officer of the Year Could Spend his Life in Prison

How an Officer of the Year Could Spend his Life in Prison

Sometimes even law enforcement officers get caught up in crime. When an officer is accused of committing a crime, it ends up in the news followed by community outrage. Officers are supposed to represent societal integrity and moral fiber. Seeing someone supposedly committed to the law indicted for drug trafficking can be hard on the community. Officer of the Year Caught Dealing Drugs According to an article in WPTV News, the Boynton Beach Police department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010 was indicted Tuesday. David Britto, 28, is accused of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA led Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.… […]

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Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

According to the Palm Beach Post, some local defense attorneys expressed their opinions on the Casey Anthony murder trial on Monday, July 4. Unsurprisingly, no verdict came after jurors in Orlando concluded their first day of deliberations Monday. Several local attorneys predict that we will not see a verdict until at least the end of the week; they believe the jurors will likely continue their debate for a couple of more days. Local Attorney Opinions One of our own local attorneys, Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer said, “I don’t think they’ll agree on a number of things, and I do think there will be some infighting.” Stine expressed that attorneys on both sides of the case presented their closing arguments well but the state’s circumstantial case… […]

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