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Another Doctor Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

Another Doctor Arrested for Trafficking Oxycodone

South Florida is known as the pain-pill capital of the country for a reason. With hundreds of pain clinics flourishing throughout St. Lucie County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County, addicts and doctor-shoppers will drive from states as far as Ohio to reap the benefits of pill mills and dispensing doctors. Police who track operations say that even though many pain clinics operate legally, people can often be seen driving from clinic to clinic procuring hundreds of pills at a time. Even though Florida legislation has attempted to regulate the doctor shopping epidemic, doctors continue to supply drug addicts and dealers with pills. St. Lucie County Oxycodone Trafficking St. Lucie County police arrested yet another doctor Thursday night on several charges including prescribing practitioner fraud and trafficking oxycodone and hydrocodone,… […]

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Aggravated Assault is Often Alcohol Induced

Aggravated Assault is Often Alcohol Induced

More often than not, domestic disputes and aggravataed assault cases between family members involve alcohol abuse. Abusing your alcohol tolerance can lead to several poor decisions, even decisions that can land you in jail. Even if you have consumed only one drink of alcohol, your judgment is already impaired even if it seems clear as day at the time, according to Florida Traffic School. Even one drink affects your biological processes enough that it can cause you to make poor decisions you could regret, including harming people you care about. Alcohol Induced Aggravated Assault in St. Lucie County Joseph Warren Hill, 54, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. Hill picked up his son and his son’s girlfriend to give them a ride… […]

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Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Did you know that Medicaid paid for more than 49 million doses of oxycodone pills over two years? The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis of 1.7 million Florida prescription records but astoundingly, only 1.36 million adults are enrolled in Medicaid. There are no doubts that doctors in pill mills are continuing to peddle pills to addicts and drug dealers even as the state of Florida wars with the flow of prescription drug trafficking. The in-depth analysis breaks down the amount of prescriptions paid for by Medicaid in relation to the famous pill mill busts in 2010 and 2011. Oxycodone Trafficking in Florida The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis on the flow of oxycodone throughout the state of Florida and where the funding for drug continues to come from… […]

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Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Many times, when an arrest occurs and hits the media, the community has the ability to influence the outcome of the case. When community members believe that the arrest was wrongfully conducted, people band together online or even in public in an attempt to rectify the situation. In this case, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for shoplifting. The catch is that the boy has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a highly-functioning level of autism. The mother of the child used Facebook to garner support from the community of people who understand the difficulty of raising a child with autism. Wrongful Arrest in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach police this week arrested a boy with autism on shoplifting charges. A Spencer Gifts store employee called… […]

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How Common is Robbery in South Florida?

How Common is Robbery in South Florida?

Surprisingly, robbery has one of the lowest index of crimes that occur in South Florida in comparison to violent crimes like aggravated assault, and property crimes like theft and burglary. It may be a sign of the times however because the rate of robbery in South Florida is increasing since the year 2010. Robbery is a crime that unfortunately happens every day no matter what county you are in. Just today in WPTV News, there were two separate stories on robbery. One occurred at a Papa John’s, the other at a Burger King. Robbery in South Florida According to WPTV News, a Papa John’s was the recent victim of a robbery and authorities are still looking for the perpetrator. A man walked into the store, grabbed a pizza costume, put… […]

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Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

In February, there was a significant incident involving the Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor and the city of Port St. Lucie that resulted in the termination of her career. On February 24th, I had posted about Taylor and how she had completely avoided a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test after being pulled over on suspicions of drinking and driving. Instead of performing these tests which potentially could lead to an arrest, the officer on duty actually gave the attorney a ride home. The actions taken by law enforcement has caused an series of arguments and questions directed at city officials. Drinking and Driving in Port St. Lucie According to an article in WPTV News, Mayor JoAnn Faiella confirmed Thursday that Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor has been fired… […]

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8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

Animal cruelty is extremely sad and unfortunate, but at the same time it is very common, especially in South Florida counties like Miami-Dade county and Palm Beach County. Animal cruelty is a crime that is also difficult to detect because it is an ongoing process that often stays within the confines of the defendant’s home and unless law enforcement gets a tip from a suspicious neighbor, the animal continues to be a helpless victim and may even die. 18 horses and a severely injured dog were found in Miami-Dade County Sunday in deplorable condition and close to death. Animal Cruelty in Miami-Dade County According to an article in WPTV News, The South Florida Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip about potentially abandoned horses. When the… […]

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School Teachers and Sex Crimes

School Teachers and Sex Crimes

It seems that almost once a week, one Florida teacher or another is headlining news reports after being arrested for some sex crime against a child. Only recently, it was a teacher in Palm Beach County, this week it is an elementary school teacher in Mango, Fla. Sex crimes against children are extremely serious and have even more serious consequences. These crimes often involve a heavy investigation and no room for mercy for the defendants. If you have been accused of committing a sex crime against a minor, seek the guidance of a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Why Teachers Have Sex with Their Students In an effort to understand why there are so many teachers being featured in news articles for having had sexual relationships with their students, I conducted… […]

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Mortgage Fraud a Growing Problem in South Florida

Mortgage Fraud a Growing Problem in South Florida

Mortgage fraud is becoming a growing problem in South Florida. Law enforcement is cracking down and conducting thorough investigations around home buying. With today’s economic climate, people are more likely to commit mortgage fraud than ever. Unfortunately, innocent people get swept up in these fraudulent schemes without even realizing it. If you have been accused of committing mortgage fraud and you had no intention to do so, contact a criminal defense lawyer and you could even get your case dismissed. Palm Beach County Mortgage Fraud According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, four Palm Beach County residents and one Port Saint Lucie man were charged last week in a mortgage fraud scheme federal investigators said involved $8 million in loan proceeds and 17 homes. If they are convicted,… […]

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Assistant City Attorney Avoids Potential DUI Arrest

Assistant City Attorney Avoids Potential DUI Arrest

It is not illegal to drink and drive in the state of Florida. As long as your blood alcohol level (BAC) is below a .08 and your normal faculties are not impaired, you are not breaking the law if you get behind the wheel. However, even if you meet these requirements you could still be pulled over. A Port St. Lucie assistant city attorney was recently in this situation but was driven home by the police officer. Her blood alcohol level was not measured, nor was she asked to perform a field sobriety test. Driving While “Borderline” Intoxicated According to an article in WPTV News, Police Chief Brian Reuther stopped Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and said it appeared “she had difficulty driving.” The police chief… […]

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