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Sex Offenders Moving In Causes Eviction for Other Residents

When a person is convicted of a sex crime, after serving the sentence in prison, the defendant must register as a sex offender immediately after release. Sex offender registration is a public record. Anyone who requests this information as access to it including potential employers, landowners, fellow residents, or even school officials. Being a registered sex offender severely limits one’s freedom and ability to make independent choices. While this can be difficult for the offender, what happens to those people who co-exist in the communities with sex offenders? Sex Offender Migration in Pahokee Sex offenders that have been released after serving their sentences have an extremely difficult time setting up lives for themselves. Being a registered sex offender is public knowledge and can limit even the most basic freedoms including… […]

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Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed this week, the week of February 4-12 as the fourth annual “Florida Week for the Animals.” The awareness week is dedicated to promoting awareness for animals and to give recognition to the organizations throughout that fight for animal rights. There are events like pet adoption festivals, educational activities, and even a salute to working and search and rescue K-9’s. These events are put together to celebrate the animals within our community, and shine the light on people who work to prevent animal cruelty. Animal Cruelty Laws in Florida According to Florida Statute 828.12., the crime of Animal Cruelty can be charged when: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, is guilty of… […]

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Ponzi Scheme in South Florida

Ponzi Scheme in South Florida

Ponzi schemes are investment fraud schemes that generally show up on the news. These fraudulent investments attract an abundance of media attention because they generally involve very wealthy people or people commonly known to the general public. In this case, Scott Rothstein and his uncle were co-conspirators in a $1 billion Ponzi scheme that is now coming to a close. What is a Ponzi Scheme? The definition of a Ponzi scheme according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is an investment fraud that involves the payment of falsified returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi schemers find investors by promising exceptionally high returns with little or no risk. They use money from new investors to pay the previous ones, without engaging in any legitimate investment… […]

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Will the Super Bowl Lead to a Spike in Criminal Activity?

Will the Super Bowl Lead to a Spike in Criminal Activity?

Experts are saying where the demand is, that’s where the supply will be. Leading news reporters and experts on criminal trends are reporting that when large nationwide events occur, a spike in criminal activity is likely to happen. Law enforcement officers are turning their eyes away from Super Bowl XLVI this weekend in order to focus on potential criminal activity, likely to happen wherever large groups of people congregate for this special event. Super Bowl Leads to Crime in Palm Beach Dan Corcoran, a reporter for WPTV News Channel 5, wrote in his post yesterday: “While final preparations are being made ahead of Super Bowl XLVI, law enforcement from Florida and elsewhere is honing in on the potential for a spike in child sex trafficking. The federal government reports that… […]

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Officer Arrested for Illegal Arrest in Broward County

Officer Arrested for Illegal Arrest in Broward County

When officers of the law are arrested, the public usually sees the case on the news because officers generally always fight the charges. This is usually because if they are convicted, they will never again be able to be officers of the law. In Broward County, a Sheriff’s deputy is facing this dilemma after conducting a suspicious arrest while off duty. His accuser allegedly has a video recording of the incident. Road Rage in Broward County Paul Pletcher, 37, is a Broward Sheriff’s deputy has been under investigation for several months after a woman called 911 saying he had pulled her over, screamed profanity and racial slurs, restrained her then stole her cell phone. Pletcher has been charged with four criminal charges including burglary, battery, criminal mischief and petty theft.… […]

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Facebook Leads to Arrest of Mom Charged with Child Abuse

Facebook Leads to Arrest of Mom Charged with Child Abuse

Facebook has become a daily part of many people’s lives. Law enforcement is now using the social media site more often to catch criminals. Over a year ago, Facebook was used to track down a mother and daughter who repeatedly committed animal cruelty crimes against a pig, and posted a video of the act. Now, an Orange County mother has been arrested on charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor due to another video on Facebook. Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor The legal definition of contributing to the delinquency of a minor can include anything done by an adult that would allow or encourage illegal behavior by a person under the age of 18. It is also considered contributing to the delinquency of… […]

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Professional Golfer, Swim Coach, and 38 Others Arrested in Osceola Sex Sting

Professional Golfer, Swim Coach, and 38 Others Arrested in Osceola Sex Sting

When law enforcement comes together from multiple counties and pool their resources for a huge investigation, the resulting arrests usually make headlines. In this case, a professional golfer, a swim coach, and 38 other people have been arrested for attempting to seduce children to commit sex acts by engaging in conversations online. The defendants all believed they were speaking with the child or with the child’s parent when in reality, they were chatting with undercover police officers. The Charges There were 40 people arrested in the Osceola sex sting, and the suspects face a variety of charges, including: traveling to seduce a child to commit sex acts using a computer to solicit a child or parent and, for some, attempted lewd and lascivious battery of a child These charges are… […]

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DUI Manslaughter Laws in Florida

DUI Manslaughter Laws in Florida

A DUI Manslaughter charge results from when a person is arrested for a driving under the influence and has also caused an accident that resulted in the death of another person. There are different types of DUI manslaughter charges that you could be facing if arrested after causing a fatal accident. A DUI conviction by itself is extremely serious with fines anywhere from $500 to $2,000 depending on the circumstances. A DUI manslaughter conviction is exponentially more serious, and something you simply cannot afford. The penalties for DUI manslaughter are as follows according to Florida Statute 316.193: DUI/Manslaughter: Second Degree Felony (not more than $10,000 fine and/or 15 years imprisonment). DUI Manslaughter/Leaving the Scene: A driver convicted of DUI Manslaughter who knew/should have known accident occurred; and failed to give… […]

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Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Undercover police officers put their lives on the line to catch crimes in the act. Law enforcement use police officers to pose as buyers for drugs, weapons, and several other illegal activities. While these methods are often successful, the possibility of entrapment can be an issue. In Pompano Beach, a gun deal involving an undercover deputy went wrong, resulting in the death of the gun dealer. Weapons in Pompano Beach Johnny Wright, 23, of Pompano Beach was under serious investigation from a multi-agency illegal firearms task force operation. This case is an example of how weapons crimes are being watched very carefully by law enforcement throughout South Florida. The illegal gun deal occurred around 4 p.m. in Pompano Beach behind the San Isidro Catholic Church, according to WPTV News. Wright… […]

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Admitting Guilt to Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery with a Firearm

Many people have been following the case of the death of beloved grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan in Belle Glade. The 19-year-old accused of robbing, shooting, and killing McMillan confessed to his crimes Saturday. After appearing before the Judge briefly he is being held without bond and could possibly be facing the death penalty for aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and first-degree murder with a firearm. Aggravated assault charges can be extremely serious in the state of Florida, particularly if they involve a firearm. Aggravated assault involving pointing a gun at someone can result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. If the gun is fired, the minimum prison sentence changes to 20 years. If the victim of the aggravated assault with a… […]

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