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Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene

Investigator in Trayvon Martin Case Wanted Zimmerman Arrested at the Scene

The shooting of Trayvon Martin has been floodlighted with media attention with rallies happening in cities from coast to coast and Martin’s parents appearing at Capitol Hill. There has been much controversy and debate over the case where experts are questioning the defense of “self-defense,” or the stand your ground law. At the end of the day however, an unarmed 17-year-old boy was shot dead by the neighborhood watch crime captain. The debate over the case is likely to escalate as tension increases and supporters demand the arrest of George Zimmerman. What is Stand Your Ground Law? Florida Statute 776.032 states: “A person who uses force is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution and civil action for the use of such force, unless the person… […]

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First Arrest for Sex Trafficking in Key West

First Arrest for Sex Trafficking in Key West

According to the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Florida has been identified as a hub for this abhorrent illegal activity. Florida has been cited as having the one of the highest rates of human trafficking activity in the country. According to the FCAHT website, there are approximately 27 million people in the world enslaved by the human trafficking trade. About 2.5 million of those people live here in the United States. While Florida has a very high rate of trafficking activity, Key West has not been on the radar. Now, a Key West man has been arrested for sex trafficking, putting Key West in the spotlight. Sex Trafficking in Key West Key West brings a huge influx of tourism and vacationers to Florida throughout the year. With constant activity and… […]

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Aggravated Assault is Often Alcohol Induced

Aggravated Assault is Often Alcohol Induced

More often than not, domestic disputes and aggravataed assault cases between family members involve alcohol abuse. Abusing your alcohol tolerance can lead to several poor decisions, even decisions that can land you in jail. Even if you have consumed only one drink of alcohol, your judgment is already impaired even if it seems clear as day at the time, according to Florida Traffic School. Even one drink affects your biological processes enough that it can cause you to make poor decisions you could regret, including harming people you care about. Alcohol Induced Aggravated Assault in St. Lucie County Joseph Warren Hill, 54, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. Hill picked up his son and his son’s girlfriend to give them a ride… […]

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Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Are Your Tax Dollars Paying for Oxycodone Prescriptions in Pill Mills?

Did you know that Medicaid paid for more than 49 million doses of oxycodone pills over two years? The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis of 1.7 million Florida prescription records but astoundingly, only 1.36 million adults are enrolled in Medicaid. There are no doubts that doctors in pill mills are continuing to peddle pills to addicts and drug dealers even as the state of Florida wars with the flow of prescription drug trafficking. The in-depth analysis breaks down the amount of prescriptions paid for by Medicaid in relation to the famous pill mill busts in 2010 and 2011. Oxycodone Trafficking in Florida The Palm Beach Post conducted an analysis on the flow of oxycodone throughout the state of Florida and where the funding for drug continues to come from… […]

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Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Many times, when an arrest occurs and hits the media, the community has the ability to influence the outcome of the case. When community members believe that the arrest was wrongfully conducted, people band together online or even in public in an attempt to rectify the situation. In this case, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for shoplifting. The catch is that the boy has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a highly-functioning level of autism. The mother of the child used Facebook to garner support from the community of people who understand the difficulty of raising a child with autism. Wrongful Arrest in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach police this week arrested a boy with autism on shoplifting charges. A Spencer Gifts store employee called… […]

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Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

Assistant City Attorney Fired After Drinking and Driving Incident

In February, there was a significant incident involving the Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor and the city of Port St. Lucie that resulted in the termination of her career. On February 24th, I had posted about Taylor and how she had completely avoided a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test after being pulled over on suspicions of drinking and driving. Instead of performing these tests which potentially could lead to an arrest, the officer on duty actually gave the attorney a ride home. The actions taken by law enforcement has caused an series of arguments and questions directed at city officials. Drinking and Driving in Port St. Lucie According to an article in WPTV News, Mayor JoAnn Faiella confirmed Thursday that Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor has been fired… […]

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8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground

Animal cruelty is extremely sad and unfortunate, but at the same time it is very common, especially in South Florida counties like Miami-Dade county and Palm Beach County. Animal cruelty is a crime that is also difficult to detect because it is an ongoing process that often stays within the confines of the defendant’s home and unless law enforcement gets a tip from a suspicious neighbor, the animal continues to be a helpless victim and may even die. 18 horses and a severely injured dog were found in Miami-Dade County Sunday in deplorable condition and close to death. Animal Cruelty in Miami-Dade County According to an article in WPTV News, The South Florida Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip about potentially abandoned horses. When the… […]

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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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Assistant City Attorney Avoids Potential DUI Arrest

Assistant City Attorney Avoids Potential DUI Arrest

It is not illegal to drink and drive in the state of Florida. As long as your blood alcohol level (BAC) is below a .08 and your normal faculties are not impaired, you are not breaking the law if you get behind the wheel. However, even if you meet these requirements you could still be pulled over. A Port St. Lucie assistant city attorney was recently in this situation but was driven home by the police officer. Her blood alcohol level was not measured, nor was she asked to perform a field sobriety test. Driving While “Borderline” Intoxicated According to an article in WPTV News, Police Chief Brian Reuther stopped Assistant City Attorney Gabrielle Taylor around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and said it appeared “she had difficulty driving.” The police chief… […]

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Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Animal Cruelty Awareness in Florida

Governor Rick Scott has proclaimed this week, the week of February 4-12 as the fourth annual “Florida Week for the Animals.” The awareness week is dedicated to promoting awareness for animals and to give recognition to the organizations throughout that fight for animal rights. There are events like pet adoption festivals, educational activities, and even a salute to working and search and rescue K-9’s. These events are put together to celebrate the animals within our community, and shine the light on people who work to prevent animal cruelty. Animal Cruelty Laws in Florida According to Florida Statute 828.12., the crime of Animal Cruelty can be charged when: A person who unnecessarily overloads, overdrives, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance or shelter, or unnecessarily mutilates, or kills any animal, is guilty of… […]

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