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Andrew D. Stine Talks About His Client – Malachi A. Love-Robinson

Teen Who Allegedly Posed As a Doctor Says His Intentions Were Pure Did an 18-year old West Palm Beach resident practice medicine without a license? That’s the question we plan to discuss today with Andrew D. Stine, the defense attorney defending the young man accused. West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about what Florida law states with regard to owning a medical clinic and practicing medicine in the state of Florida. Read more

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How Are the New Animal Cruelty Laws Affecting You?

How Are the New Animal Cruelty Laws Affecting You?

The new tethering laws for animals have a lot of surprised people being visited by Animal Care and Control serving warnings. The new law prohibits people from leaving pets outside tied up without supervision. Neighbors are calling in at a much higher rate to report people who tie up their animals. The only problem is, many animals are not being mistreated but the owners are still receiving visits and warnings from Animal Care and Control. Not Animal Cruelty A Palm Beach County dog owner and her family received a surprising visit from Animal Care and Control. A concerned citizen had called to complain that Lisa Brown and her family had tied up their dog Sassy outside. “She’s good, she’s perfectly taken care of, she’s spoiled, and we love her to… […]

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Animal Cruelty and Abuse Charges in Florida

Animal Cruelty and Abuse Charges in Florida

Criminal charges of Animal Cruelty, in the State of Florida, can be brought as Misdemeanor or Felony crimes. There can also be local civil penalties associated with animal neglect or animal cruelty infractions. Law Enforcement Officers, like the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and other local municipality Police Officers, are responsibility for investigation all criminal animal cruelty cases in the State of Florida. On the other hand, local Animal Care and Control Offices, like Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, are responsible for investigating all ordinance infractions of the local county government. If the facts show that the actions of the animal owner fall into section 828.12 of the Florida Criminal Statutes, which in a nutshell hold that: A person who deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or kills… […]

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Hit and Run DUI Accidents and Consequences

Hit and Run DUI Accidents and Consequences

A Wellington woman is accused of a hit and run DUI accident that occurred on January 17, 2014. According to Palm Beach County Sherriff’s arrest report, Jennifer Sorgie, who was driving a black Dodge SUV with almost double the legal BAC limit, plowed down a person and kept driving. Authorities found the accused woman in a parking lot, sitting in a driver’s seat with the engine still running, with extensive front end damage and a blown front driver’s side tire. Lake Worth deputies later connected Dodge SUV to a pedestrian hit and run crash with serious injuries.  When questioned, Jennifer Sorgie reported the amount of alcohol she drank and said that she remembers hitting a vehicle but not a person. She was not able to explain why she left the… […]

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Battery Charges and Domestic Disputes

Battery Charges and Domestic Disputes

According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, Daniel Alan Spitz (former Anthrax guitarist) was arrested at his Lake Worth home after a 911 call. Spitz’s mother-in-law called 911 after an argument between Spitz and his wife turned violent. Wrapped hands around the neck, punching, tackling and scratching were all part of the fight and his wife’s account of it turned to out be accurate, as supported by photo of her injuries. Full story, source. Many states have enacted criminal law and family law statutes related to the prevention and prosecution of domestic violence incidents. In Florida, the state offers legal options through both the criminal and civil court systems. Domestic Violence Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to… […]

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West Palm Beach DUI Manslaughter Case

West Palm Beach DUI Manslaughter Case

Karmela Roy was already in Palm Beach County jail on charges related to a car crash when she had to appear in court today to face charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicle homicide in a November 7th crash that killed Thomas Conroy. Judge James Martz denied bond for Karmela Roy today as per Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Judy Arco’s request, due to her scheduled appearance in court this Thursday, December 5, 2013. Full story, source If an individual consumes alcohol or drugs, and then operates a motor vehicle, he or she can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). In situations when that same individual is involved in a car crash that results in the death of another, the impaired driver may be charged with DUI manslaughter.… […]

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Florida Case Of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

Florida Case Of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

A West Palm Beach resident, Kenneth Burroughs, is being held at Palm Beach county jail on weapons charges, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The incident reports Mr. Burroughs’ alleged confrontation with a bail bondsman occurred this past Friday. After being called to investigate the bondsman shooting, Sheriff’s detectives found three weapons — a shotgun, a .38-caliber pistol and a .38 special revolver — during a court-approved search of the North Haverhill Road residence of Kenneth Burroughs. According to Deputy Eric Davis, Mr. Burroughs admitted to sheriff’s officers that he owned the weapons. Burroughs was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, shooting within a dwelling, and child neglect. Criminal history revealed that he has been convicted of seven… […]

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Police Car Searches in Drug Cases

Police Car Searches in Drug Cases

Hernandez Falcon was arrested by Palm Beach County deputies for possessing a synthetic drug Methamphetamine and drug equipment. The arrest came as a response to a car crash at the 6000 block of Forest Hill Boulevard according to affidavit. Hernandez Falcon was found passed out in the passenger car seat and without pants. Mr. Falcon didn’t respond to deputy questions. When a car search was performed, deputies discovered a pair of blue shorts, a digital scale disguised as a digital camera, a glass pipe, and a camouflage-colored grinder in the shape of a grenade. Also found in the car’s center console wass a baggie containing methamphetamine. Hernandez Falcon, 27, is facing three counts of possession of drug equipment and one count of possessing a synthetic drug. The story was reported… […]

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Sexually Related Felony Offenses

Sexually Related Felony Offenses

Jury selection begins today for former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola, facing juvenile sex charges. In July 2012, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx set Lopicola’s bail at $130,000 and ordered he have no contact with the alleged victims in the case or anyone under the age of 18. She also ordered he have no access to the Internet or possess any device that allows him access to the Internet. The former WPTV Channel 5 weekend meteorologist faces charges including sexual activity with minors, lewd and lascivious battery, computer pornography and child exploitation. The charges stem from separate and multiple encounters Lopicola is accused of having with two teenagers between August 2010 and April 2011 after meeting them through Craigslist ads. Full story,  source Types Of Sex Crimes A number… […]

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Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

A 14-year-old boy facing multiple gun charges after he allegedly held up two people at gunpoint had his first appearance reset to today after no family members showed up for the court proceeding on Thursday. Edgar L. Sorto, of Lake Worth, remains in the Palm Beach County Jail and is facing charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. Sorto is a documented MS-13 gang member, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said According to the PBSO, Sorto was seen allegedly pointing a black semi automatic handgun at two people on Sept. 26 around 12:30 p.m. The witness contacted police. Dressed in blue shorts, blue shoes and red-checkered boxers with a white shirt wrapped around his neck, Sorto walked up to… […]

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