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Is Carjacking a Felony?

Is Carjacking a Felony?

Carjacking is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Recent carjacking numbers have increased along with the new “bump and rob” type of robbery. Carjacking is a first degree felony and is defined as the forcible or violent taking of a motor vehicle from the owner with the intent of either permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of the said motor vehicle. While it is serious, it is unfortunately very common in South Florida. Carjacking in Riviera Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach city police officer said he was forced to shoot at an armed man. Robert Robinson, 19, is accused of fleeing on foot, evading police vehicles, and carjacking. The scene actually started out as a routine traffic stop but ended as an… […]

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Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

Update: Officer of the Year Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

As discussed in a previous blog post on July 8th, Boynton Beach Police Department’s ‘Officer of the Year’ for 2010, 28-year-old David Britto, was indicted earlier this month on charges of conspiring to possess and traffic 500 grams of methamphetamine. The indictment alleges that Britto has been drug dealing from June 2009 until March 4, 2011 when he was caught in a DEA Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation. If convicted, Britto is facing life in prison. On Monday, Britto pleaded not guilty before a U.S. Magistrate judge. He remains on paid administrative leave. According to WPTV News, Britto has faced a total of seven internal affairs investigations since he was hired in 2006, three of those allegations against him sustained. In 2008, he was suspended for cursing at… […]

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How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

In 2009, there were 30,911 reported robberies. That number continues to increase. Out of every state in the country, Florida ranks the 5th highest for the robbery rate as of 2009, according to The Disaster Center. There is generally a new robbery every day locally in West Palm Beach covered in the news. Robbery in St. Lucie County One young man has been captured and charged with robbery of the Fort Pierce city manager’s home, according to Fort Pierce Police and WPTV News Channel 5. He is one of three former high school football players, some of which played at Fort Pierce Westwood High School and the others at Fort Pierce Central High School, according to the article. The former athletes who were arrested Thursday are: Andre Townsend, 18; Cameron Toombs,… […]

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What can I do if I’m Facing Child Neglect Charges?

What can I do if I’m Facing Child Neglect Charges?

An 18-month-old’s future is in the hands of the law now after his father was arrested Saturday on child neglect charges. The case was so severe that an emergency hearing has been scheduled for today to determine who will receive custody of the child. It is highly unlikely that the father will be able to have the child in his care ever again. The following is an article from WPTV News Channel 5: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor called authorities after spotting an 18-month-old boy picking up beer cans and drinking out of them outside his Orlando home. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the child’s father Saturday night and an emergency hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at the Juvenile Justice Center in Orlando to determine who will take… […]

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Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

According to the Palm Beach Post, some local defense attorneys expressed their opinions on the Casey Anthony murder trial on Monday, July 4. Unsurprisingly, no verdict came after jurors in Orlando concluded their first day of deliberations Monday. Several local attorneys predict that we will not see a verdict until at least the end of the week; they believe the jurors will likely continue their debate for a couple of more days. Local Attorney Opinions One of our own local attorneys, Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer said, “I don’t think they’ll agree on a number of things, and I do think there will be some infighting.” Stine expressed that attorneys on both sides of the case presented their closing arguments well but the state’s circumstantial case… […]

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How Can I Avoid Multiple Criminal Charges?

How Can I Avoid Multiple Criminal Charges?

Criminal charges can’t be separated by categories because one criminal charge often results in residual charges. A great common example would be when a residence is busted for being a marijuana grow house and then the owner is also charged with weapons possession after weapons are found in the residence. Multiple criminal charges can often result in a very complicated sentence. Multiple Criminal Charges in Lantana According to a WPTV News article, Lantana police say they responded to a report of a robbery at the Shell gas station on the 1300 block of Hypoluxo Road, where the caller said he was trying to stop a “combative” man from leaving, after stealing items from the store. Police officers arrived and had a difficult time restraining Patrick Toole, 34. Toole is charged with… […]

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Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone Trafficking Doctor of the Week

Oxycodone trafficking is starting to outperform the cocaine boom of South Florida. Broward County, known as the pain pill capital of the U.S. has some of the most prominent painkiller trafficking cases to date. Another Doctor Trafficking Pain Killers According to an article in WPTV News, 54-year-old Dr. Barry Michael Schultz, a Delray Beach doctor, is accused of prescribing an extremely excess amount of painkillers to dozens of patients and requiring them to fill their prescriptions at his own office dispensary and pay cash. Authorities say the Schultz Medical Group/Barry Schultz M.D. was not registered with the Florida Department of Health to operate as a pain management clinic. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office was alerted when the pharmacist-owner of a Tru-Valu Drugs store called about a patient of Schultz’s… […]

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What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

What is the New Hot Crime in Palm Beach County?

Palm Beach Post reported that local law enforcement is seeing an increasing amount of a new crime called the “bump and rob.” This new crime victimizes drivers usually late at night. Police are issuing warnings to Palm Beach County residents saying if you are driving on the road between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. and another car bumps you from behind, do not get out of your car. The new crime From Palm Beach Gardens to Delray Beach, drivers are being robbed at gunpoint. The most recent incidents happened early Thursday. Around 3 a.m. in Delray Beach, a dark-colored Jeep brand SUV bumped another car traveling north on Military Trail near Atlantic Avenue. The victim reportedly got out of his car to check whether it was damaged. The… […]

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How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

Even police officers need criminal defense lawyers once in a while. When a police officer is arrested and is faced with criminal charges, it can easily be seen in news headlines. Law enforcement officers are supposed to be a symbol of protection and justice for the people. When a law enforcement officer abuses his or her power and it results in a criminal charge, the irony of the situation makes people pay close attention. How Even Officers need Criminal Defense Lawyers A Lantana police officer has been arrested and accused of stealing money from people he pulls over for routine traffic stops. The issue is growing complicated because Lantana police officer Mark Ott has a tendency to pull over Hispanic males, searching them, and stealing money right from their wallets.… […]

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How to Avoid Conviction of Improper Use of Firearms

It is always interesting to see how cases turn out when the defendant is a police officer. These cases are especially interesting when the incident involves a police officer improperly enforcing their power. In the case of a Boynton Beach Police officer, he has been arrested for improperly using a Taser. Again. The case According to an article in WPTV News, 30-year-old David L. Coffey has a history of using a Taser as his weapon of choice. He has been arrested for using a Taser improperly – yet again – this time near a fellow officer. He has been charged with improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm andculpable negligence. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay, effective immediately, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation,… […]

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