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How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

140 new state laws took effect yesterday today here in Florida. The laws range in a wide variety from the acquisition of prohibited animals, to running red lights, and even the regulation of smoke shops. Criminal defense lawyers will be stepping up their game to understand the new laws taken into effect yesterday, and the crimes that will be committed as a result. Conditional/Prohibited Animal Species Purchasing, selling, bringing into the state, or giving away Burmese pythons is now illegal, but if you currently own one and acquired it legally, you are allowed to keep it. 52 pythons were caught since the commission opened hunting last year. Whitney Ray of West Palm Beach News Channel 5 reported that there are only 350 people who hold permits to own or sell… […]

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What If I’m Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution?

What If I’m Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution?

West Palm Beach Police are cracking down on solicitation of prostitution. Stings are now targeting “Johns” instead of actual prostitutes. If you have been arrested for soliciting for prostitution, an aggressive and proactive criminal defense lawyer can help. According to West Palm Beach News: In Boynton Beach, Fla., Eight men were arrested for soliciting prostitution. The problem was that they were soliciting from undercover police officers. The undercover prostitution bust took place last Friday on South Federal Highway at the 2700 block. Police reported that the men ranged from 27 to 53 years old and were all charged with solicitation of prostitution. Two other men were also arrested after they sold the undercover officers Roxycodone. Solicitation of Prostitution Prostitution is defined as the act or practice of providing sexual services… […]

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What is a Closing Argument? Do Defense Lawyers Have an Advantage?

What is a Closing Argument? Do Defense Lawyers Have an Advantage?

According to Thalia Hayden for WPTV News, In West Palm Beach, Fla., the jury will be left to make a decision today, after closing arguments finalize the the first degree murder case against D’Andre Bannister. Bannister is on trial for beating his 4-year-old stepson to death nearly eight years ago, then not allowing the boy’s mother to leave their Riviera Beach home to get help. Bannister’s criminal defense lawyer claims the 4-year-old fell from a tree. Bannister has been in jail since 2002. Officials say trials do not normally take this long but there have been lots of procedural delays. Bannister is charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and two counts of kidnapping. If convicted, he will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison. What is a closing… […]

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What Does Recidivism Mean and Why is it Important?

What Does Recidivism Mean and Why is it Important?

The recidivism rates in this country are frighteningly high. This is a testament to whether or not our prison systems are effective, and if they actually “correct” rather than “punish.” The point of prison is to prevent criminals from reverting back to their criminal behavior after being released into society. However, the life of an inmate does not exactly prepare him or her for the normalcy of society. A criminal defense lawyer is well informed about the recidivism rates in the United States. That’s why a criminal defense lawyer will work so hard to prevent prison time and to get your case dismissed. What is recidivism? Recidivism is the act of a person repeating or relapsing into an undesirable behavior after they have experienced negative consequences, or punishment, of that… […]

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What are Gangs Like in Palm Beach County?

What are Gangs Like in Palm Beach County?

Gang activity in Palm Beach County has always been a serious issue. A significant percentage of homicides, thefts, and assaults are correlated with gang activity, much to the concern of Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who recently met with County Commissioners to discuss $25 million in budget cuts. By consulting an experienced criminal defense lawyer, you will be able to understand all of the ramifications of being involved in gang related crime. This includes homicide, theft, battery, assault, weapons possession, drug possession, drunk driving, you name it. What is a gang – really The technical definition of a gang according to Reference Encyclopedia, is “a group of people organized for a common purpose, often criminal…largely urban and highly organized…Most fighting gangs are organized intricately, with caste systems and with officers who arrange… […]

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How to Deal with Mortgage Fraud Charges

How to Deal with Mortgage Fraud Charges

According to the Financial Times, the FBI is starting to move and begin a nationwide sweep to crack down on mortgage fraud. This investigation has been spurred in an attempt to stall the lending practice that contributed so heavily to the housing collapse. They will be arresting hundreds of people all across the country. The Financial Times reported that the FBI is specifically targeting violations that include giving false information regarding foreclosure rescue programs and encouraging borrowers to provide misleading information on mortgage applications. There are 23 Mortgage Fraud Task Forces across the country. Their job is to slash the omission or misrepresentation of materials that are becoming increasingly present on mortgage applications. This tactic allowed brokers, banks, and lenders to issue loans to borrowers who don’t even qualify with… […]

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How to Dismiss Domestic Violence Charges

How to Dismiss Domestic Violence Charges

It is important to know your rights when faced with domestic violence charges. With a criminal defense lawyer on your side, you will have a better understanding of the process and potential ramifications of these charges. What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in a familial or intimate relationship. There are several types of domestic violence including: Physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, throwing objects) Threats of physical aggression Sexual abuse (forcing of undesired sexual behavior) Emotional abuse (subjecting a person to behavior that is psychologically harmful) Intimidation (intention to instill intense fear of injury or harm in another) Stalking (incessant unwanted attention by an individual) Neglect (failing to provide adequate care for a dependent) What happens… […]

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What happens if I Violate my Probation?

What happens if I Violate my Probation?

Ask an experienced criminal defense lawyer what exactly may happen if you have violated your probation. It is important to employ the knowledge of a skilled criminal defense lawyer or you might get trapped into something you don’t fully understand. What is probation? Probation is a sentence which may be imposed by a court in conjunction with prison time. If you have been convicted of a crime, you might be granted probation, when you only serve part of the sentence in prison, or maybe not at all, but you must follow specific regulations. You will be under the supervision of a probation officer. If you are on probation you may be required to: Refrain from possession of firearms Remain employed Abide to a curfew Live at a directed place Obey… […]

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How to Resolve a Weapons Case in West Palm Beach

How to Resolve a Weapons Case in West Palm Beach

Weapons charges are a serious offense in the state of Florida. A criminal defense lawyer understands how it is extremely common for people to illegally carry and improperly use weapons. Only this morning, a deadly shooting occurred in front of Jimmy’s Cafe, a local West Palm Beach night club. A teenage girl was killed. Weapons in West Palm Beach A deadly shooting occurred late Friday right in front of a local West Palm Beach night club. What has now been identified to be a stolen, blue SUV drove into the parking lot of Jimmy’s Café, 1999 S. Military Trail, and fired shots into the group of people leaving the club. A 17-year-old girl was killed. Police located the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Military Trail and 10th Avenue North.… […]

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Public Defender vs. Private Defense Lawyer

Public Defender vs. Private Defense Lawyer

The difference between a public defender and a criminal defense lawyer is important when considering your legal representation. Having an attorney on your side is imperative. You must be proactive after your arrest regardless of what kind of charges are filed against you. The Public Defender A public defender is a licensed attorney, assigned to represent people who are charged with a crime and who desire legal representation but who cannot afford to hire a privately retained attorney. Different jurisdictions use different approaches to providing legal counsel for criminal defendants too poor to hire a private attorney. Under the federal system and most common among the states is through a publicly funded public defender office. Typically, these offices function as an agency of the federal, state or local government and… […]

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