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First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida

First Arrest for Synthetic Marijuana in Florida

For the first time since the rise of the popular “alternative” to marijuana – synthetic pot, an arrest has been made of a man accused of distributing the substance. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has dramatically shifted the movement against synthetic marijuana that has been freely available at gas stations and head shops throughout Florida. Florida legislators have been itching to act against the widely available psychoactive substance and now, this arrest in Palm Beach County marks the first ever federal charge for distributing a now controlled substance. Synthetic Marijuana in South Florida Forms of synthetic marijuana have been widely available in gas stations and head shops throughout South Florida, with popular names like “Spice,” “K2,” and “Mr. Nice Guy.” According to an article in WPTV News, an investigation was… […]

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Palm Beach County Cop Arrested for Stalking

Palm Beach County Cop Arrested for Stalking

Stalking is not a crime often reported in news headlines but in this case, it caught the attention of reporters because the accused is a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy. The accusations are that the officer used his law enforcement resources to aggressively stalk his ex-girlfriend. Crimes like these are disappointing for any South Florida resident to stomach because our community expects security and a sense of honor and duty from our local law enforcement. Seeing police officers abuse their power and their resources to manipulate other people causes a lack of faith in the justice system put in place to protect our community. PBC Police Officer Arrest Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Patrick Joseph Burt, 31, was ordered to be held at the Palm Beach County Jail on a… […]

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Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

Fraud in Palm Beach County School District

In the state of Florida, fraud is charged as a very serious crime. A person who commits fraud can be charged with anything from a third-degree felony to a first-degree felony depending on the amount of money taken by fraudulent means. Unfortunately, fraud and theft commonly happen in all areas of life. A story about a Sun coast High School band leader made the news recently after he turned himself in for fraudulently using school funds for his personal expenses. Fraud in Palm Beach County According to an article in WPTV News, Ernest Brown, 51, turned himself into authorities yesterday evening. The high school band leader had been indicted on charges of fraud and misconduct for allegedly using school funds for himself, his family, and his friends to travel to… […]

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Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand what happens after you’re arrested. Domestic violence cases involve charges of assault and battery against a familial relation or a person who lives with you, such as a wife, child, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, or father. The long-term consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be very serious. Employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees and few would want to hire an employee who has a conviction for domestic violence. In Florida, landlords also conduct background checks because they could be liable for a civil lawsuit if they rent to a person with violent tendencies. As reported in Sun-Sentinel by By Peter… […]

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What is Predictive Policing?

What is Predictive Policing?

Palm Beach County Law Enforcement is looking into using a new form of technology that may actually decrease the crime rate. Several other counties across the nation are adopting the use of “predictive policing,” a technology that collects and analyzes statistical data that supposedly gives police the ability to predict a potential crime scene. The use of this technology may have a dramatic impact on arrests, but it may also cause problems because technology may not always be reliable. Predictive Policing According to WPTV News, “predictive policing” is software that collects crime-suspect and trend data, analyzes it and compiles a list of crimes that may occur. Predictive policing differs from technology most police agencies now use, which compiles data after the fact to plot crime patterns. “Right now we look… […]

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How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

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What is the Sentence for Crimes Against Elderly People?

What is the Sentence for Crimes Against Elderly People?

Crimes against elderly people often go unreported because the victim’s rarely contact authorities themselves. Usually, a witness or friend recognize something odd occurring and report the discrepancies to the authorities. Crimes against elderly people usually encompass fraud, burglary, theft, or any money-related crime. One Tequesta woman, 65, was young and nimble enough to escape a serious assault on her life. Assault on a Person 65 or Older According to WTPV News, a 33-year-old Tequesta woman with bipolar disorder was arrested on charges of assault on a person 65 years or older and committed for an involuntary mental health exam after she tried to kill her mother with a knife Saturday morning. According to a police report, Amy Kuryla swung a knife under her mother’s chin saying, “You are going to… […]

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What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

Happy 4th of July! Some people have not had such a good weekend so far. According to the Palm Beach Post, two men were carjacked and one was stuffed into the trunk late last night. Police are trying to figure out if this incident is part of the “bump and rob” trend that’s starting to become more commonplace in the West Palm Beach area lately. Grand Theft Auto According to the article, police are investigating an overnight carjacking that began in Palm Beach Gardens and ended in a crash near an ATM in West Palm Beach. Details are scant, but it appears that at 3:30 a.m. two men in a Hyundai Sonata in the area of Northlake Boulevard and Military Trail were approached by three men with guns, reports Palm… […]

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Can a Judge Overturn a Jury Verdict?

Can a Judge Overturn a Jury Verdict?

Have you ever wondered if a judge can overturn a guilty verdict, or even a not guilty verdict? The results of former West Palm Beach Firefighter Capt. Rick Curtis’s trial may leave people wondering – is a jury verdict the final word? DUI Conviction Overturned According to the Palm Beach Post, Rick Curtis is fighting to get his job back as a firefighter for West Palm Beach now that his DUI conviction has been overturned. The conviction was overturned after Curtis alleged that the judge had an “intimate relationship” with one of Curtis’ adversarial colleagues. Curtis claims he didn’t learn of the relationship until after the trial. City officials are refusing to let Curtis return to the department and are claiming that the conviction wasn’t the sole reason he was fired.… […]

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How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

Have you ever wondered what type of felony it is to steal from an elderly person? Because of their age, it is a very sensitive crime and depending on the amount, can be a first, second ,or third degree felony. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, two women employed by the state have been caught taking advantage of an elderly woman and stealing from her while she was hospitalized for dementia. Grand Theft of an Elderly Person The women were adult protective investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families. They were assigned to protect 85-year-old Jane Janssen and instead stole about $20,000 from her bank accounts. Palm Beach Police conducted an investigation and arrested the women, Mindi Marie Berry, 33, and her DCF supervisor, Greta… […]

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