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Factors Contributing To Increased DUI Penalties in Florida

Factors Contributing To Increased DUI Penalties in Florida

Authorities have arrested a woman who they say was driving impaired and nearly hit another vehicle while in a student pickup line at a Miramar elementary school. According to a police report, an officer stopped Lisset Llauro, 39, of Pembroke Pines, in her 2010 Mercedes-Benz shortly before 2:40 p.m. Monday after observing her run over plastic lane markers in the pickup line outside Silver Lakes Elementary School at 2300 SW 173rd Ave. When the officer approached Llauro, she seemed slightly disoriented, had slurred speech and told police she didn’t know why she had driven over the lane markers, authorities said. Source, full story. Florida Drunk Driving Definition Drunk driving, known as driving under the influence or DUI in Florida, is governed by Fla. Stat. § 316.193. This statute defines the… […]

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Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Jupiter police officer Kevin Jacko appears in Palm Beach County court Thursday morning, September 12, 2013, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident in which a man said he was beaten. Jacko, 43, is accused of beating Cody Ross Blankenship on June 6 after the Jupiter man’s arrest on charges including resisting arrest with violence, battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, and trespassing. A judge today ordered a $5,000 bond for the Jupiter Police officer accused of excessively beating a 24-year-old Tequesta man in June. Kevin Jacko, 43, must also surrender his weapons and not have contact with the victim in the case, Judge James Martz said today. Jacko represented himself today as he did not qualify for a public defender. “I’m not a… […]

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Assault on a Law-Enforcement Officer

Assault on a Law-Enforcement Officer

West palm Beach-A woman warning Palm Beach Lakes High School students that “Jesus is coming soon” was arrested and is accused of disorderly conduct, simple assault on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. According to an arrest report, a school district police officer was called to the high school’s guidance office where Camele Sinclair, 37, was “distracting” students. Sinclair was told to go inside the guidance office, but responded by asking the officer if he believed in God. Despite another request to enter the guidance office, Sinclair refused and again repeated “Jesus is coming soon” when students walked by. When the officer tried to grab Sinclair’s arm to direct her into the office, she became “irate and combative” and said she wasn’t going anywhere. The report said Sinclair… […]

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Charges of DUI With Property Damage

Charges of DUI With Property Damage

Jessica Marksz needed a drink. That, she told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies, was why she had left her car and walked to a nearby Publix Super Market on Thursday after a crash in which she is alleged to have driven the wrong way down a one-way street and hit a car. Deputies weren’t impressed, especially when one caught up with her picking up a bottle of wine. They arrested her on charges of DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of an accident. She was released later that day from the Palm Beach County Jail after on $3,000 bond. Every year, impaired motorists cost U.S. taxpayers an estimated $51 billion dollars in drunk driving property damage. With such staggering statistics, it’s no surprise that lawmakers are under enormous… […]

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Crimes Of Assault And Battery

Crimes Of Assault And Battery

A judge has set a tentative trial date for the case against former tennis star Jennifer Capriati to be heard on Dec. 17. Capriati, who is charged with battery and stalking her ex-boyfriend in February, did not attend the brief hearing. Her attorney, Richard Lubin, was there and asked Judge August Bonavita for permission to depose the prosecution’s witnesses in the case. Capriati was charged in March with stalking and battery stemming from an alleged Valentine’s Day altercation with her ex-boyfriend at a North Palm Beach gym. The battery charge is connected to a Feb. 14 incident in which Capriati, 36, allegedly punched Ivan D. Brannan Jr. of Singer Island, at the Oxygen Health & Fitness Gym on U.S. 1. She began screaming at Brannan, then stuck her finger in… […]

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Palm Beach County New DUI Program For 1st Time Offenders

Palm Beach County New DUI Program For 1st Time Offenders

For years, local drivers facing a DUI charge for the first time had two options – take their case to trial and try to get acquitted, or take a plea and deal with the expensive consequences of having a DUI conviction permanently on their records. But now, thanks to a new program Palm Beach County prosecutors have instituted, some first-time DUI offenders are getting the chance to avoid the stigma of a DUI conviction through a 12-month monitoring program that is among the first of its kind in the state. Source The new diversion program– billed as a practical approach to these kinds of cases– was instituted for newly filed cases in early July. Prosecutors offered the program to parties in previously filed cases during the month of June. If… […]

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Palm Beach County Pain Clinic Overdoes Cases

Palm Beach County Pain Clinic Overdoes Cases

When Dr. Cynthia Cadet learned federal agents were raiding clinics where she had earned $1.2 million for 15 months of work, she called her boss to ask what was happening. “We were doing a service and we were paid to do it,” she told now imprisoned clinic owner Chris George in a conversation caught on tape by law enforcement officials. To her attorney, Cadet’s confusion about the March 2010 raids proves that she had no idea that her work, dispensing powerful narcotics to people who claimed they were in excruciating pain, was illegal. “She was doing a job,” attorney Michael Weinstein told a federal jury Thursday in closing statements. The prosecutor, Paul Schwartz, scoffed at the explanation. If Cadet was truly clueless, she would have been horrified, he said. He… […]

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Unlawful Prescription of a Controlled Substance

Unlawful Prescription of a Controlled Substance

A Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge ordered Barry Schultz can be released after posting $75,000 bond. ORIGINAL POST: A former Delray Beach-based doctor was arrested Tuesday on an allegation of overprescribing pain medication that resulted in the death of a patient, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Barry M. Schultz, 57, is facing charges of manslaughter and unlawful prescribing of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday evening and was being held without bail. Sheriff’s investigators alleged that Schultz overprescribed a lethal amount of the narcotic methadone to a patient. The patient, identified as David P. Tain, died in December 2010 after overdosing on pills that were provided by Schultz, the affidavit said. Schultz was arrested in March 2011 after deputies alleged… […]

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Illegal Search and Seizure in Drug Cases

Illegal Search and Seizure in Drug Cases

A deputy responded to a store in the 100 block of North Federal Highway to investigate a reported disturbance. When he asked a woman involved in the incident for identification, she opened her purse to get her license. In plain site was an open pill bottle containing crack cocaine and two white pills, which were identified as Percocet. She was arrested and taken to the county jail. Source Law enforcement officers are entrusted with the power to conduct investigations, make arrests, perform searches and seizures of persons and their belongings, and occasionally use lethal force in the line of duty. But this power must be exercised within the boundaries of the law, and when police officers exceed those boundaries they jeopardize the admissibility of any evidence collected for prosecution. By… […]

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Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Other Charges

Sex Crimes, Sexual Assault and Other Charges

A Lake Park man was arrested Saturday on charges he broke into a Riviera Beach home earlier in the week and sexually assaulted a woman. Police received reports that Clayton Phillips, 33, broke into the home Wednesday evening and attacked the woman, Riviera Beach police spokeswoman Rose Anne Brown said Sunday. U.S. marshals found him at another address Saturday and turned him over to detectives, she said. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail Saturday on multiple counts of sexual assault, home invasion with a weapon, kidnapping/false imprisonment, aggravated assault with a weapon and several other charges, according to the sheriff’s website. Source Sexual violence is any type of sex act performed or attempted without the victim’s consent. This can include intercourse or attempted intercourse, physical touching, or… […]

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