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Arrested for Violating Probation

Arrested for Violating Probation

Probation is a sentence ordered by a judge that allows a convicted person to live in society under the supervision of a probation officer, instead of serving time in jail. Probation is different from parole. Parole is the conditional release of a prison inmate after serving part or all of his or her sentence. Violating probation is a serious charge with many repercussions. Your probation may be revoked.This is an action taken against a probationer who fails to comply with the terms of the probationary grant. A Palm Beach County prosecutor can use a probation violation against someone who has been charged with a new crime. When a formal probation revocation is filed in conjunction with a new case, a prosecutor has a tremendous advantage to force a plea bargain… […]

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Crackdown on Counterfeit Merchandise

Crackdown on Counterfeit Merchandise

Counterfeit consumer goods, commonly called knock-offs, are counterfeit or imitation products offered for sale. The spread of counterfeit goods has become global in recent years and the range of goods subject to infringement has increased significantly. According to estimates by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), counterfeit goods make up 5 to 7% of world trade.[1] A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that up to $200 billion of international trade could have been for counterfeit and pirated goods in 2005,[2] and around $250 billion in 2007.[3][4] Other estimates conclude that a more accurate figure is closer to $600 billion lost, since the OECD estimates do not include online sales or goods counterfeited and sold within the same country.[3]… […]

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Drunk Driving Charges in South Florida

Drunk Driving Charges in South Florida

Getting charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a serious offense and it could impact your life forever if you are convicted. Each year, states impose tougher DUI laws and more severe drunk driving penalties. Florida is no exception. This is what can happen to you for a first time DUI conviction in Florida: Jail – 6 Months Maximum – blood alcohol level (BAL) from .08 to less than .15 Jail – 9 Months Maximum – BAL above .15 Fine – From $500 to $1,000 – BAL from .08 to less than .15 Fine – From $1,000 to $2,000 – BAL above .15 or Minor in Vehicle License – Suspended from 180 Days to 1 Year Hardship Reinstatement – Complete DUI School Prior to Hardship Application Ignition Interlock… […]

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Ponzi Scheme in Fort Lauderdale

Ponzi Scheme in Fort Lauderdale

One of two Ponzi scheme suspects has been freed from jail on bond after he and his alleged accomplice were arrested on charges they defrauded more than a dozen investors out of more than $6 million, records show. Victor Brown, 54, of Hollywood, posted $150,000 bond for his release from Broward’s Main Jail on Thursday evening. On Friday morning, his business partner, Roger Green, 78, of Stuart, remained jailed on the same bond amount. Both men were taken into custody Wednesday on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit first-degree racketeering, authorities said. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating the men and their Fort Lauderdale company, Military Air Parts International, after people claiming to have been victimized stepped forward with complaints, a probable cause affidavit said. From 2004… […]

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Child Abduction in Boynton Beach

Child Abduction in Boynton Beach

Federal, state and local authorities are coordinating efforts to find a 3-year-old girl abducted in Boynton Beach by her father. The girl, abducted after her father picked her up for a weekend visit, was taken to Mexico, Boynton Beach police said Tuesday. Jazmin Lopez was picked up Saturday from her mother’s home for what was supposed to be one of her usual one- or two-day visits with her father, Feliz De La Cruz Lopez, 26, police said. But instead of bringing her home, Lopez took the girl somewhere near Tabasco, Mexico, according to police, reported by Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel. “He basically just stole his own daughter,” Sgt. Tom Wallace said. “He has no right to take her.” “The problem we face is … it’s a location in Mexico the… […]

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Florida Hotel Robbery Video Is Released

Florida Hotel Robbery Video Is Released

According to police, the two men, one of them armed with a handgun, walked into the Comfort Inn at 2520 Stirling Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. One man reached over the counter for the cash register but was unable to locate it. On the surveillance video he can then be seen approaching a man and snatching his wallet before running away. The video shows the gunman jumping over the counter where police said he demanded cash from an employee. The clerk told him that money was not kept at the front counter, at which point the man rummaged through a cabinet, then jumped back over the counter and fled. Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of… […]

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How the Fort Pierce Humane Society is Accused of Animal Cruelty

People are arrested on animal cruelty charges all the time. In Florida, animal cruelty can be charged as anything from a civil infraction up to a felony. Those charges, as well as fines, add up when a person is charged with cruelty or neglect to a group of animals. The Humane Society is under scrutiny as former employees are gathering to accuse the organization of abusing animals in their care. Being charged with animal cruelty is extremely serious and only an animal cruelty criminal defense lawyer with a successful track record can guide you through this situation. Humane Society in Fort Pierce Accused of Abuse According to WPTV News, the Humane Society in Fort Pierce was recently accused of animal cruelty by a former doctor, a new contract is being… […]

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How a Mother of an Obese Third-Grader was Charged with Child Neglect

How a Mother of an Obese Third-Grader was Charged with Child Neglect

Child abuse can come in many different forms. Some forms of child abuse include but are not limited to: child neglect, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation. As the obesity rate in America continues to increase, parents of severely overweight children are beginning to be questioned and even criminally charged with child neglect. If you are a parent of a child medically determined to be obese, you may need to consult a criminal defense lawyer because there is a possibility you could be charged with child neglect. Child Neglect According to Florida Law Child neglect is defined as: “When a child is deprived of, or is allowed to be deprived of, necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment or a child is permitted to live in an environment when such deprivation… […]

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How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, there is a holiday buzz in the air. Everyone is preparing to shop and spend greater amounts of money in the coming month than they do all year. South Florida store owners need to keep a sharp eye as counterfeit money is unfortunately extremely common in the area, and Secret Service is seeing a spike in the amount of counterfeit bills in circulation already. Counterfeit Money in South Florida According to WPTV News, South Florida is one of the top areas in the country for counterfeit money. Ron Remer with the Secret Service counterfeit division in Miami stated in an interview: “This week we’ve almost hit $85,000 in counterfeit currency, and we’re not even at Black Friday yet.” Counterfeiting money is a very serious type of… […]

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How a Fort Lauderdale Man was Arrested for $11 Million Fraud

How a Fort Lauderdale Man was Arrested for $11 Million Fraud

Fort Lauderdale is a premium area for investors. Unfortunately, with the amount of money flowing through the city in investments and ventures, there is a significant amount of crime that follows suit. Organized scheme to defraud is a crime that seems to be a common white-collar crime that makes South Florida headlines. Thursday, a Fort Lauderdale man was arrested for running an $11 Million fraud. Fraud and Grand Theft According to Florida Law, theft of more than $100,000 by fraud is a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years and a $10,000 fine. The sentencing also varies depending on the type of fraud committed such as mortgage fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud, tax evasion, or organized schemes to defraud. Fraud in Fort Lauderdale A Fort Lauderdale business man was… […]

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