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Medical Marijuana Law Passes, Rendering Florida’s Criminal Marijuana Laws Unconstitutional

Florida Drug Laws made be out of touch with “new” science and the new law passed by Governor Scott as it pertains to Schedule I narcotics. Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Florida’s Medical Marijuana Bill into effect. The new law allows limited use of “charlotte’s web” Marijuana, a strain of Marijuana with low tetrahydrocannidinol or THC, the active ingredient responsible for the high in Marijuana. The purpose of the law is to allow patients who are suffering from diseases like: epilepsy, cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), known as Lou Gehrig’s disease to seek relief from pain, to allow for appetite and to provide reduction or elimination of tremors and seizures. So this new Florida Marijuana Law with the updated science shown through its passage arguable renders Florida’s Comprehensive… […]

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Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

A Broward County court bailiff was arrested Monday night in St. Lucie County and charged with armed kidnapping, two counts of sexual battery and aggravated assault with a firearm. Garrett Cunningham, 62, is assigned to the Broward courthouse and usually works in the courtroom of Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey Levenson. Bailiffs are unarmed civilian employees of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He has worked for the agency since 1999. Cunningham was booked into the Port St. Lucie jail at 2 a.m. Tuesday. The arrest was on a warrant issued by the Plantation Police Department. Source, full details From a legal standpoint, assault and battery often form one charge against a suspect. However, some suspects may merely be charged with assault. Anyone who is charged with battery, however, is essentially also guilty… […]

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Not Guilty Verdict In Pill Mill Case

Not Guilty Verdict In Pill Mill Case

Two doctors convicted of money laundering conspiracy at South Florida pill mills were ordered to forfeit $10,001 each as part of the penalty for their illegal activity. Dr. Joseph Castronuovo, 74, of Key Largo, and Dr. Cynthia Cadet, 43, of Parkland, were acquitted Tuesday of the most serious charges they were facing — conspiracy to distribute drugs. The doctors were accused of illegally prescribing pain medications to patients who didn’t need them. Nine of those patients died. But the federal jury in West Palm Beach found there was not enough evidence to convict the two doctors of taking part in the conspiracy, which resulted in 28 guilty pleas from other doctors and pain clinic owners. The clinics were in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Source, full details Pill Mill A… […]

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Purchasing Oxycodone Without Prescription

Purchasing Oxycodone Without Prescription

OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been arrested for possessing a controlled substance. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs and the Public Corruption Task Force arrested 45-year-old John Brindle on Friday on one count of possession of a controlled substance. A sheriff’s office statement says investigators received a tip that Brindle was purchasing oxycodone pills without a prescription in Oakland Park. Detectives conducted surveillance and later arrested him after he purchased the pills. He is currently suspended with pay pending prosecution by the State Attorney’s Office. Source, full story Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller belonging to the opiate family. As such, those taking the drug are at an increased risk of experiencing withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drug. Doctors typically prescribe this medication for those… […]

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Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax Fraud Take down in South Florida

Tax fraud is generally described as the avoidance of paying taxes owed by illegal means. Tax evasion can be committed by individuals, businesses or corporations in regards to federal, state or local taxes. The IRS and tax laws consider many actions tax fraud, from scams to deceitful bookkeeping. Individual Tax Fraud Tax fraud may be committed by individuals that purposefully use deceitful means to avoid paying income taxes. These tax crimes can take many forms. The following actions may constitute income tax evasion (source): Deliberately under-reporting, omitting or concealing incomes Overstating the amount of deductions False deductions Claiming non-existent dependents Deceptive record keeping Claiming personal expenses as business expenses Hiding or transferring assets or income Failure to file tax returns Using a false social security number Concealing or destroying records… […]

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Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Felony fraud is a type of criminal act. Essentially, fraud is using deceptive actions to harm another party or to benefit personally. For example, a person who uses the postal service to illegally obtain money from another party may be guilty of fraud. Felony fraud is the most serious type of fraud; it often involves government agencies, large sums of money, or very valuable assets and carries higher penalties than more minor fraud offenses. Minor fraud cases may be referred to as misdemeanor offenses. One of the types of fraud that many people are familiar with is check fraud. For example, a person may commit check fraud if he passes off a bad check to a merchant, creates a fake check, or forges someone else’s signature on a check. Different… […]

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Faulty Breathalyzer May Cause Hundreds of DUI Cases to be Thrown Out

Faulty Breathalyzer May Cause Hundreds of DUI Cases to be Thrown Out

One criminal defense lawyer is causing a bit of a tumult as he is aggressively challenging the accuracy of a particular breathalyzer used by the FDLE. If his challenge follows through in court when he addresses the judges that have dealt with cases involving the now famous Intoxilyzer 8000, then possibly hundreds of DUI cases in Palm Beach County may be thrown out due to inaccurate evidence. This could be an extremely significant event and thus the manufacturing company of the Inoxilyzer 8000 is conducting its own investigation into the machine’s reliability. DUI Evidence to be Called Inadmissible According to an article in WPTV News, South Florida defense lawyer Brian Gabriel has filed several motions claiming the DUI breath test used throughout the state is unreliable. This time, he says… […]

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How a Bachelor Star was arrested for a DUI

How a Bachelor Star was arrested for a DUI

According to WPTV News Channel 5, a former ‘Bachelor’ star was arrested in Tampa, FL, for driving under the influence. Maribel “Mary” Delgado, 42, had her claim to fame as a contestant on the ABC TV reality show ‘The Bachelor.’ She was pulled over around 12:45 a.m. Thursday and arrested for driving under the influence. She refused a blood alcohol test and was released on a $500 bond. Delgado was a contestant on ‘The Bachelor’ in 2003 and 2004. Byron Velvick, the bachelor of the show, proposed to her during the November finale, and she accepted. This incident is Delgado’s second arrest. She was arrested in 2007 in Seminole, and charged with battery for punching Velvick in the face. The couple never married and later separated, according to WPTV News… […]

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