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How Can I Avoid Multiple Criminal Charges?

How Can I Avoid Multiple Criminal Charges?

Criminal charges can’t be separated by categories because one criminal charge often results in residual charges. A great common example would be when a residence is busted for being a marijuana grow house and then the owner is also charged with weapons possession after weapons are found in the residence. Multiple criminal charges can often result in a very complicated sentence. Multiple Criminal Charges in Lantana According to a WPTV News article, Lantana police say they responded to a report of a robbery at the Shell gas station on the 1300 block of Hypoluxo Road, where the caller said he was trying to stop a “combative” man from leaving, after stealing items from the store. Police officers arrived and had a difficult time restraining Patrick Toole, 34. Toole is charged with… […]

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How Dangerous is Illegal Immigration in Florida?

How Dangerous is Illegal Immigration in Florida?

A report released in early February denotes that there are about 825,000 illegal immigrants in the state of Florida. That number has declined sharply since 2007, when the number of illegal immigrants amounted to about 1.05 million. The decrease might be a result from the Coast Guards’ increased efforts along the shores of South Florida. Even though the number is decreasing, there are still a significant number of illegal immigrants making it through the South Florida coastline. The Dangers of Smuggling Illegal Immigrants According to an article in WPTV News, the Coast Guard rescued a group of people whose boat capsized Tuesday morning. Chief Warrant Officer James Mullinax says it happened 17 miles east of the Riviera Beach coastline. The Coast Guard warned the group that they didn’t have their… […]

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How do Ponzi Schemes in South Florida Work?

How do Ponzi Schemes in South Florida Work?

A Ponzi scheme is a specific type of fraudulent investment. It is the act of using money received from investors to pay off other investors and personal expenses. Ponzi schemes are tactically organized to avoid using real profit for payments. Usually when a Ponzi scheme makes the news, it involves short-term returns that are abnormally high – making the perpetrator more noticeable. Ponzi schemes only work if there is an increasing flow of money from investors. Without an increasing amount, the plan will eventually collapse in on itself if the money flowing in is not enough for return payments to the investors involved. Ponzi Schemes in South Florida A South Florida real estate talk show host was arrested last week and accused of creating a Ponzi scheme. Anthony F. Cutaia… […]

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How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

How are Drug Traffickers Using the Internet and Getting Away with it?

Drug-related crime covers a significant percentage of all crime committed in South Florida. Many officials believe that the huge drug problem in our area is due to the close proximity to international ports. International ports make it much easier for drug traffickers to transport large amounts of drugs to South Florida for distribution elsewhere. However, criminals are becoming more creative with their distribution methods – including using the Internet. Drug Distribution According to an article in WPTV News, a new form of drug distribution is catching the attention of law enforcement. Two U.S. senators are asking federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sales and untraceable currency. Heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines are among the drugs being sold in the well-protected website… […]

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Why Marijuana Grow Houses are Easy to Find

Why Marijuana Grow Houses are Easy to Find

According to an article in WPTV News, a marijuana grow house was busted on Wednesday after police accidentally stumbled upon it. Usually, grow houses are caught and found through informants, anonymous tipsters, or sting operations. This one however, the police sniffed their way into. The Crime According to the article, two uniformed officers patrolling the Pelican Pointe town home got a whiff of marijuana near the pool area. They followed their noses and saw Jesse Duncans, 26, smoking marijuana in the rear patio of a town house. Several plants were growing in pots on a table right next to him out in the open. The officers promptly approached Duncans and identified themselves. He immediately bolted inside with a handful of marijuana in his hands. The police chased him fearing he… […]

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Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone trafficking is starting to outperform the cocaine boom of South Florida. Broward County, known as the pain pill capital of the U.S. has some of the most prominent painkiller trafficking cases to date. Another Doctor Trafficking Pain Killers According to an article in WPTV News, 54-year-old Dr. Barry Michael Schultz, a Delray Beach doctor, is accused of prescribing an extremely excess amount of painkillers to dozens of patients and requiring them to fill their prescriptions at his own office dispensary and pay cash. Authorities say the Schultz Medical Group/Barry Schultz M.D. was not registered with the Florida Department of Health to operate as a pain management clinic. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted when the pharmacist-owner of a Tru-Valu Drugs store called about a patient of Schultz’s… […]

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What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post reported that local law enforcement is seeing an increasing amount of a new crime called the “bump and rob.” This new crime victimizes drivers usually late at night. Police are issuing warnings to Palm Beach County residents saying if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car. The new crime From Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach, drivers are being robbed at gunpoint. The most recent incidents happened early Thursday. Around 3 a.m. in Delray Beach, a dark-colored Jeep brand SUV bumped another car traveling north on Military Trail near Atlantic Avenue. The victim reportedly got out of his car to check whether it was damaged. The… […]

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How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

Even police officers need criminal defense lawyers once in a while. When a police officer is arrested and is faced with criminal charges, it can easily be seen in news headlines. Law enforcement officers are supposed to be a symbol of protection and justice for the people. When a law enforcement officer abuses his or her power and it results in a criminal charge, the irony of the situation makes people pay close attention. How Even Officers need Criminal Defense Lawyers A Lantana police officer has been arrested and accused of stealing money from people he pulls over for routine traffic stops. The issue is growing complicated because Lantana police officer Mark Ott has a tendency to pull over Hispanic males, searching them, and stealing money right from their wallets.… […]

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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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