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Jury Called in for Questioning in Goodman DUI Manslaughter Case

Jury Called in for Questioning in Goodman DUI Manslaughter Case

The Judge residing over the Goodman vehicular manslaughter case may be calling in the jury for questioning. The circuit judge Jeffrey Colbath held a hearing Tuesday after Goodman’s attorneys filed a notice of intent to interview jurors of possible misconduct. Goodman was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide in March after slamming into Scott Wilson’s vehicle and sending it careening into a canal where Wilson, still strapped into the driver seat, drowned. John Goodman DUI Manslaughter In March, John Goodman, founder of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, was found guilty of DUI Manslaughter and Vehicular Homicide. Goodman crashed his Bentley into Wilson’s Hyundai and sent it into a nearby canal in Wellington, Fla., in February 2010. Wilson, a 23-year-old engineering graduate, was still strapped into the driver’s… […]

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First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida

First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida

For the first time since the rise of the popular “alternative” to marijuana – synthetic pot, an arrest has been made of a man accused of distributing the substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has dramatically shifted the movement against synthetic marijuana that has been freely available at gas stations and head shops throughout Florida. Florida legislators have been itching to act against the widely available psychoactive substance and now, this arrest in Palm Beach County marks the first ever federal charge for distributing a now controlled substance. Synthetic Marijuana in South Florida Forms of synthetic marijuana have been widely available in gas stations and head shops throughout South Florida, with popular names like “Spice,” “K2,” and “Mr. Nice Guy.” According to an article in WPTV News, an investigation was… […]

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Is Hoarding Considered Animal Cruelty?

Florida animal cruelty laws state very specifically that anyone who deprives necessary sustenance or shelter or treats any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner is guilty of a first-degree misdemeanor. So how does animal hoarding fit into this description? Charging an animal hoarder with animal cruelty can be tricky because people have the right to live the way they want. The issue is proving that the hoarder’s living conditions is a direct threat to the health or life of the animal(s) in question. Several cases have been surfacing recently after the show “Confessions: Animal Hoarding” on Animal Planet has gained the attention of the populous. Florida Animal Cruelty Laws According to Statute 828.12: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates,… […]

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Palm Beach County Cop Arrested for Stalking

Palm Beach County Cop Arrested for Stalking

Stalking is not a crime often reported in news headlines but in this case, it caught the attention of reporters because the accused is a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy. The accusations are that the officer used his law enforcement resources to aggressively stalk his ex-girlfriend. Crimes like these are disappointing for any South Florida resident to stomach because our community expects security and a sense of honor and duty from our local law enforcement. Seeing police officers abuse their power and their resources to manipulate other people causes a lack of faith in the justice system put in place to protect our community. PBC Police Officer Arrest Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Patrick Joseph Burt, 31, was ordered to be held at the Palm Beach County Jail on a… […]

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MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons

MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons

There have been a few mixed martial arts fighters making headlines in recent years for breaking the law. As the sport grows in popularity, so does the amount of media attention the athletes are forced to contend with. MMA Fighter Fernando Rodrigues was recently arrested and charged with several crimes after a road rage incident where he allegedly pistol-whipped another person in addition to punching and kicking him several times and putting him into a wrestling hold. Palm Beach Post covered the details of the confrontation after the victim spoke out to the public. Road Rage in South Florida Anyone with experience driving in South Florida understands how difficult it can be to navigate the roads in this area. There are careless drivers a plenty, and there are also impatient… […]

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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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Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

In the state of Florida, fraud is charged as a very serious crime. A person who commits fraud can be charged with anything from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony depending on the amount of money taken by fraudulent means. Unfortunately, fraud and theft commonly happen in all areas of life. A story about a Sun coast High School band leader made the news recently after he turned himself in for fraudulently using school funds for his personal expenses. Fraud in Palm Beach County According to an article in WPTV News, Ernest Brown, 51, turned himself into authorities yesterday evening. The high school band leader had been indicted on charges of fraud and misconduct for allegedly using school funds for himself, his family, and his friends to travel to… […]

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Metal Theft in Palm Beach County

Metal Theft in Palm Beach County

For the past several months, law enforcement has seen a rise in metal thefts all across the county. Because of the serious increase in this particular crime, officials are wanting to crack down on thieves who target homes, restaurants, and even abandoned buildings. Task forces have been created in order to battle the ever popular and lucrative crime of metal theft. There are several different kinds of crimes committed involving metal theft, not only could the thief be charged with theft, but the buyer could be charged with dealing in stolen property. Targeting Abandoned Buildings Thieves may think they are stealing property that is no longer wanted but the problem arises when the building owner wants to sell the building, which usually includes what’s inside. Thieves will take air conditioning… […]

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Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand what happens after you’re arrested. Domestic violence cases involve charges of assault and battery against a familial relation or a person who lives with you, such as a wife, child, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, or father. The long-term consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be very serious. Employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees and few would want to hire an employee who has a conviction for domestic violence. In Florida, landlords also conduct background checks because they could be liable for a civil lawsuit if they rent to a person with violent tendencies. As reported in Sun-Sentinel by By Peter… […]

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