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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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Drug Trafficking Crimes, Oxycodone Pill Mill Investigation and Charges

Drug Trafficking Crimes, Oxycodone Pill Mill Investigation and Charges

Trafficking is defined under Florida criminal drug laws as, “Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of X amount of a controlled substance or illegal drug.” Florida Drug Trafficking Penalties All FL drug trafficking crimes are First (1st) degree felonies and carry mandatory sentences. (§893.135, Fla. Statute) What the Difference Between Trafficking, Smuggling, or Intent to Distribute? Trafficking is a specific Florida criminal charge which has specific drug quantities listed in the law that define the amounts required for a trafficking charge. However, the circumstances involved in the transportation or sale of drugs are still open to interpretation. Smuggling generally refers to bringing drugs into the country. It is typically a federal charge in federal… […]

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State of Florida vs. Francisco Henry Case

State of Florida vs. Francisco Henry Case

A “writ of prohibition”, in the United States, is an official legal document drafted and issued by a supreme court, superior court or an appeals court to a judge presiding over a suit in an inferior court. The writ of prohibition mandates the inferior court to cease any action over the case because it may not fall within that inferior court’s jurisdiction. The document is also issued at times when it is deemed that an inferior court is acting outside the normal rules and procedures in the examination of a case. In another instance, the document is issued at times when an inferior court is deemed headed towards defeating a legal right. In criminal proceedings, a defendant who has been committed for trial may petition to the superior court for… […]

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Florida Sexual Battery Case

Florida Sexual Battery Case

Sexual battery is an unwanted form of contact with an intimate part of the body that is made for purposes of sexual arousal, sexual gratification or sexual abuse. Sexual battery may occur whether the victim is clothed or not. It is a crime, which varies by state laws, so local laws should be consulted. A charge of sexual battery in Florida against a victim older than 12 years where a weapon or actual physical force was not used can be charged as a felony of the 1st or 2nd degree depending on several factors. You will need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to assess your case. If you are identified for committing a crime you need a criminal defense lawyer who understands the taint and has experience… […]

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Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Rape Trial of Mr. Henry and Mr. Lherisson Begins At Palm Beach County Courthouse

Henry and Lherrisson, both 22, each face multiple counts of sexual battery, robbery and false imprisonment. Their attorneys Andrew Stine and Josh Leroy in opening statements to jurors in the trial Monday said the victims’ stories were inconsistent. For a full report please visit Palm Beach Post article. Stine in his questioning of one of the teens asked him over and over again what happened to the clothes he was forced to strip out of that afternoon “You wouldn’t know to give your clothes over to police for evidence, because that’s something that you would expect law enforcement to know to do, wouldn’t you?” he asked the teen. “Yes,” the teen answered.” Investigators arrested Henry soon after the February 2010 incident, and a day later they arrested then 17-year-old Spencer… […]

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Oxycodone Charges Attorney

Oxycodone Charges Attorney

Oxycodone is a powerful and addictive pain medication that is often abused as recreation. Oxycodone charges include possession of Oxycodone, drug trafficking, racketeering and prescription fraud. These may lead to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or longer, as well as fines and a criminal record that haunts you the rest of your life. Possession of illegal drug is a growing concern for the law enforcement officers of the US. Drug trafficking has become a common mode of offense. In Florida, anyone caught committing this offense receive severe punishment. Drug trafficking refers to possession of illegal drugs with the intention of distribution or import. Florida law ruthlessly prosecutes this offense and anyone caught doing so will be harshly punished, if the prosecutor succeeds in establishing this offense in… […]

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Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Felony fraud is a type of criminal act. Essentially, fraud is using deceptive actions to harm another party or to benefit personally. For example, a person who uses the postal service to illegally obtain money from another party may be guilty of fraud. Felony fraud is the most serious type of fraud; it often involves government agencies, large sums of money, or very valuable assets and carries higher penalties than more minor fraud offenses. Minor fraud cases may be referred to as misdemeanor offenses. One of the types of fraud that many people are familiar with is check fraud. For example, a person may commit check fraud if he passes off a bad check to a merchant, creates a fake check, or forges someone else’s signature on a check. Different… […]

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Faulty Breathalyzer May Cause Hundreds of DUI Cases to be Thrown Out

Faulty Breathalyzer May Cause Hundreds of DUI Cases to be Thrown Out

One criminal defense lawyer is causing a bit of a tumult as he is aggressively challenging the accuracy of a particular breathalyzer used by the FDLE. If his challenge follows through in court when he addresses the judges that have dealt with cases involving the now famous Intoxilyzer 8000, then possibly hundreds of DUI cases in Palm Beach County may be thrown out due to inaccurate evidence. This could be an extremely significant event and thus the manufacturing company of the Inoxilyzer 8000 is conducting its own investigation into the machine’s reliability. DUI Evidence to be Called Inadmissible According to an article in WPTV News, South Florida defense lawyer Brian Gabriel has filed several motions claiming the DUI breath test used throughout the state is unreliable. This time, he says… […]

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Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

Goodman May Be Released After Appealing Conviction

Many people have been following the John Goodman DUI Manslaughter case almost as avidly as they followed the Casey Anthony case. Goodman was convicted in March of killing 23-year-old Scott Wilson in a car crash, he trudged his way through an arduous court process leading to conviction and controversy. Then, Goodman’s defense lawyers made several claims that the conviction should be overturned because of jury misconduct. Now, after the hearing and questioning of the jury, the judge may release Goodman while he appeals his conviction. John Goodman Sentencing Goodman is scheduled to be sentenced today for a DUI Manslaughter conviction. Viewers can watch the sentencing hearing live when it begins. According to Florida law, Judge Colbath is actually able to release Goodman on bond after he has been sentenced –… […]

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Over 200 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill in Boca Raton

Over 200 Dogs Rescued from Puppy Mill in Boca Raton

Animal cruelty crimes are the most heartbreaking of all because the victims of the crimes are truly defenseless. Puppy mills are often the biggest animal cruelty cases that people encounter. A puppy mill, sometimes called a puppy farm, is a commercial breeding facility where the operators focus solely on profits and give no heed to the animals’ welfare. The conditions are almost always deplorable. A puppy mill was discovered and raided recently in Venice, where over 200 dogs were rescued by the Tri-County Humane Society in Boca Raton and are being treated. Potential Animal Cruelty Charges According to an article in WPTV News, dozens of dogs rescued last week from a puppy mill arrived at the Boca Raton Tri-County Humane Society late Saturday night and could be up for adoption… […]

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