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Florida’s Bail and Pre-Trail Release Process

In Florida, most criminal defendants or those accused of a crime have a right to bail or pre-trial release as matter of law. See Florida General Statute 893. Those accused of crimes in Florida that do not have a right to bail or pre-trial release are those individuals facing crimes punishable by death or life imprisonment or those defendants that the state seeks to file a motion for pretrial detention. Overall, the vast majority of criminal defendants in Florida are released on bail or pre-trial release after being arrested. The conditions of the pretrial release or bail can differ greatly from accused to accused. The First Appearance Judge is the one who sets the conditions of bail or pretrial release for those facing criminal charges in Florida. The first purpose… […]

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Bond Questions, Posting Bond and When Bail Is Denied

Bond Questions, Posting Bond and When Bail Is Denied

A 31-year-old cab driver, accused in the Dec. 22 fatal shooting of a nanny who was riding her bicycle on South Olive Avenue in West Palm Beach, was denied bond this morning in court. Rupert O’Neil Harty, of suburban West Palm Beach, told investigators that he “heard a voice tell him to go kill someone” around noon on Dec. 22. He shot Amaria Grant around 20 minutes later, according to the arrest report released by city police. Harty will be charged with one count of first-degree murder. He was arrested late Thursday night and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail just after midnight. Making his first appearance in court around 9:45 a.m. today, Harty appeared in jeans and a white plaid shirt with his hair pulled back.. He spoke… […]

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What Happens After Arrest

There is a difference between being arrested and being detained. “Arrested” means you have been taken into custody and can’t leave. For example, if you’ve been handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser, you’ve probably been arrested, even though the officer didn’t say, “You’re under arrest.” This is because you can’t leave the car without getting into more trouble. You can be “detained” for a short period of time if a police officer believes you were involved in a crime or are about to commit a crime. Few people understand the criminal justice process. The following provides an overview of what you can expect if you are arrested in Florida. Posting Bond In most cases, you are entitled to a reasonable bond set by the court. Generally,… […]

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What To Do After Being Arrested in West Palm Beach

Have you been arrested in West Palm Beach? When you were arrested, you hopefully heard the arresting officer recite the Miranda rights. Take what he or she said seriously. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. According to the fifth amendment in the Constitution, you have the right to remain silent. You do not and should not need to make any statements about the case while you are being arrested. After you have been arrested in West Palm Beach, do not agree to speak with investigators until you have called and received advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Hold Your Ground After being arrested, many people fail to hold back what they want to say in order to defend themselves. The truth is, arresting… […]

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How New Legalization May be Passed Restricting Sex Offenders

How New Legalization May be Passed Restricting Sex Offenders

Even though there is already legislation to invoke consequences on sexual predators and sex offenders, many victims still feel as if they did not receive justice. A lot of times, sex offenders don’t complete their sentences and often end up reverting back to their behavior after serving their sentences. Brittany Carleo is a victim that not only never received justice for the crimes committed against her, but she lost her life during the process as well. In 2006, then 17, Carleo was involved with a 42-year-old Scott Uslan who sexually assaulted her after he supplied her with drugs and alcohol. “He was calling her on an obsessive basis and texting her incessantly,” Barbara Martin said, her legal guardian. According to WPTV News, Martin worked tirelessly to get a restraining order… […]

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