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Category Archives: Traffic Crimes

Palm Beach County Defense Lawyer: Local Traffic Stops Are Often Based on Race

Palm Beach County has seen growing disparity between pulling over blacks and whites in traffic stops, reports criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine. The real motive for officers pulling over motorists throughout Palm Beach County, Fla. for not wearing their seat belts has nothing to do with the officers looking out for motorist safety. But the stop by the officers has everything to do with what other crimes they can manufacture after the stop has taken place, says criminal lawyer Andrew Stine. Recently, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a report that calls on the Florida Attorney General’s Office and the Palm Beach County Commissioners to take action because of the alarming rate at which black residents of Palm Beach County, Fla. are stopped by law enforcement officers for not wearing… […]

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Rise In Automobile Accidents Resulting In Homicide In Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County, FL has had a recent uptick of automobile crashes that have claimed the lives of area teenagers and young residents. Just recently, the Acreage, FL area had witnessed a horrible vehicular homicide, where a young person allegedly drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Tangerine Blvd. and 120th Avenue North, killing 18 year old Brittany Baxter. Additionally, authorities at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are reporting that all occupants of a 2014 Nissan driven by, Brian Gregg, 21, of Royal Palm Beach, FL were severely injured and one deceased passenger. Mr. Gregg lost control of his car just north of Okeechobee and Crestwood Boulevards and drove off the roadway, striking a palm tree, ejecting most of the occupants and the deceased. Florida law is very… […]

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Hit and Run Penalties After The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Hit and Run Penalties After The Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act

Recently making news in Palm Beach County, FL has been the increase in “hit and run” news stories. Because of the increase in hit and run cases throughout Palm Beach County, FL; the Florida Department of Highway Patrol is pushing a new campaign to educate drivers on the seriousness of hit and run criminal cases. Florida Highway Patrol has announced, in many local news conferences, that the new law regarding hit and run drivers, carries new stiffer sentences. As a matter of fact, if a hit and run driver kills someone in a crash and is later found guilty or pleads guilty to the hit and run causing death, the hit and run driver now faces a minimum mandatory prison sentence of four (4) years behind bars.  Florida’s new law… […]

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Responding to a Reckless Driving Arrest in Palm Beach County

Responding to a Reckless Driving Arrest in Palm Beach County

Reckless driving arrests in Palm Beach County, FL are on the uptick. Recent data from the Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts shows a rise in law enforcement officers ticketing drivers throughout Palm Beach County, FL for driving reckless. Things you must know about reckless driving and why you need a lawyer. First, reckless driving is a criminal offense. If you are facing a reckless driving charge you must take it very seriously as the law simply reads: “Upon a first conviction, by imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days.” Second, if the reckless driver causes “damage to the property or person of another” the driver in fact commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to one (1) year in the county jail. Third,… […]

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What is Florida’s Stop and Frisk Law?

In Florida, many drivers, pedestrians, and other occupants of Florida’s roadways and common areas are stopped by Law Enforcement Officers. What Florida laws prevail, when a police officer or law enforcement official stop a citizen of Florida whether driving an automobile, whether walking, or on any other common area of the State of Florida? The law that prevails is the Stop and Frisk law. The Stop and Frisk law of Florida has its history from the strict meaning of the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution, which Florida’s Constitutional principles laminate. The strict meaning of the 4th Amendment only allows Law Enforcement Officials to seize a person if there is probable cause to arrest the individual for a criminal act. This principle of law, that a citizen could only be… […]

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Criminal Traffic Violations

Criminal Traffic Violations

Traffic violations are generally divided into two categories: parking violations and moving violations. Moving violations are the more serious of the two, carry stiffer penalties, and occur while the vehicle is in motion. Among moving traffic violations, speeding is the most common. If the driver’s manner of speeding is also posing a threat to the lives of pedestrians or other traffic, he or she might also be charged with reckless endangerment. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are also illegal, as is driving a vehicle that is in unsafe condition — for instance a vehicle with a broken windshield. In some states, using a cell phone while driving is illegal unless it is a hands-free style. Other traffic violations include not using a child’s safety seat for small… […]

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Lying In Traffic Violations When Stopped By Police

Cop ‘Upset’ By Speeding Woman’s Dying Dad Lie, Arrests Her A New Hampshire cop was so miffed when he discovered an “emotional” woman had lied to him about speeding in her car to get to her dying father that he later went to the woman’s house and arrested her for driving with a suspended registration. “I’m pretty used to people trying to bend the truth to get out of speeding citations, but this woman preyed on my emotions as a human being,” Christopher J. Cummings, the state trooper who made the arrest, told ABC News today. “She told me her father had stage four cancer, that he was breathing only six breaths a minute, and that she was trying to make it to the hospital before he passed,” Cummings said.… […]

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When A Traffic Violation Becomes A Felony

When A Traffic Violation Becomes A Felony

Traffic violations are generally divided into two categories: parking violations and moving violations. Moving violations are the more serious of the two, carry stiffer penalties, and occur while the vehicle is in motion. Among moving traffic violations, speeding is the most common. If the driver’s manner of speeding is also posing a threat to the lives of pedestrians or other traffic, he or she might also be charged with reckless endangerment or DUI- driving under the influence. Traffic violations differ from state to state. The list below offers some of the most common infractions and misdemeanors: Parking illegally, e.g. in a red zone, taxi or bus zone, temporary zone, or in a disabled parking spot without a disabled sticker on your vehicle. Running a red light. Making an illegal turn… […]

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Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Let’s start with the positive. As of Jan. 1, it will be unlawful for drivers to type messages into a smart phone or other mobile devices as they attempt to navigate stop lights, pedestrians and fellow lane-changing drivers. At long last, Florida has banned texting while driving, the 41st state to do so. (Hawaii beat us by one week.) In part thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, Florida is finally doing something to make our roads safer. It’s unfortunate the ban has a gaping flaw. That is, if law enforcement officers catch people texting while driving, they can’t pull them over. The law defines texting as a secondary offense, which means that to be stopped, the offender first must be caught committing another type of… […]

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Move Over Law Or Traffic Ticket Entrapment Scheme

Move Over Law Or Traffic Ticket Entrapment Scheme

More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation’s roadsides (source). “Move Over, America” is a partnership originally founded in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. Most recently, the partnership has also received the full support of the American Association of State Troopers. The campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about “Move Over” laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their… […]

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