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Rise In Automobile Accidents Resulting In Homicide In Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County, FL has had a recent uptick of automobile crashes that have claimed the lives of area teenagers and young residents. Just recently, the Acreage, FL area had witnessed a horrible vehicular homicide, where a young person allegedly drove through a stop sign at the intersection of Tangerine Blvd. and 120th Avenue North, killing 18 year old Brittany Baxter. Additionally, authorities at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office are reporting that all occupants of a 2014 Nissan driven by, Brian Gregg, 21, of Royal Palm Beach, FL were severely injured and one deceased passenger. Mr. Gregg lost control of his car just north of Okeechobee and Crestwood Boulevards and drove off the roadway, striking a palm tree, ejecting most of the occupants and the deceased. Florida law is very… […]

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West Palm Beach Violent Gun Defense

In Case # CF-00943A last year, Attorney Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach defense attorney, represented a man who was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm. The defendant was arrested for pointing a gun at an off-duty sheriff in a road rage incident and was facing a minimum sentence of three years in prison for the aggravated assault charge. Gun laws are different in every state. In Florida, no permit is required to possess or purchase a rifle, shotgun or handgun. However, pointing a gun at another person and placing them in fear has a mandatory minimum sentence of three years. But – as of 2005 – Florida also became a “Stand-your-ground” state. This is a self-defense and self-protection law which has four key components: 1) It establishes that… […]

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Lesser Sentences For Less Serious Offenders

Lesser Sentences For Less Serious Offenders

Crimes are usually categorized as felonies or misdemeanors based on their nature and the maximum punishment that can be imposed. A felony involves serious misconduct that is punishable by death or by imprisonment for more than one year. Most state criminal laws subdivide felonies into different classes with varying degrees of punishment. Crimes that do not amount to felonies are misdemeanors or violations. A misdemeanor is misconduct for which the law prescribes punishment of no more than one year in prison. Lesser offenses, such as traffic and parking infractions, are often called violations and are considered a part of criminal law. Laws passed by Congress or a state must define crimes with certainty. A citizen and the courts must have a clear understanding of a criminal law’s requirements and prohibitions.… […]

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Illegal Immigrants and Deportation Process

Illegal Immigrants and Deportation Process

Three Haitians and three Jamaicans are in custody this morning, suspected of trying to enter the country illegally coming ashore on the beach near Tequesta, reports U.S. Border Patrol officials. And reports from the scene indicate three more people are being questioned by authorities. So far those in custody include one Haitian woman, two Haitian men and three Jamaicans. The first reports of suspected illegal immigrants came in 2 a.m. But authorities have worked through the morning to find others who might be walking in the area. Their arrival comes a day after a teenage girl died and nine others, all Haitians, were taken into custody after authorities say they were smuggled to the waters off Palm Beach, likely from the Bahamas. Source Undocumented Immigrants Undocumented immigrants is a title… […]

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Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

A West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery charges after allegedly throwing a metal chair on a woman while she was sleeping and later shooting a gun in her bedroom. Freddie Lee Holmes, 47, was arrested by West Palm Beach Police on Monday afternoon. He remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday without bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, Holmes entered the home of an unidentified woman in December. The woman was sleeping in the master bedroom and woke up when Holmes allegedly threw the metal chair at her. Holmes, she said, was sitting at the edge of her bed. Afraid for her life, the woman tried to crawl out of her bed, but then heard gunshots and the sound of shattered glass from a ceiling… […]

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Marijuana Grow House Found In West Palm Beach

Marijuana Grow House Found In West Palm Beach

A 32-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man is being accused of turning his home into a marijuana-manufacturing plant after authorities found almost 30 plants growing in three separate rooms. Alexei Garcia was arrested Friday on charges of manufacturing cannabis, trafficking in cannabis and possession of a dwelling to manufacture controlled substances. He was released Saturday after posting a $13,000 bond. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s SWAT team executed a search warrant Friday at Garcia’s home in suburban West Palm Beach on Carambola Road north of Forest Hill Boulevard. Upon arriving at the home investigators noticed a “profuse odor or cannabis” outside, according to a sheriff’s probable cause affidavit. Investigators said that the home was “substantially and intentionally” modified into an indoor pot-manufacturing lab. Eighteen other plants and seven pounds of… […]

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Domestic Violence and Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

Domestic Violence and Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

A suburban West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery and child abuse charges after he allegedly struck his children’s mother with a belt and power cord, according to police. Investigators then went to Andrews’ home, where they found the children’s mother with a bandage on her left ear. The woman, who was not identified, appeared afraid of police and would speak only to the DCF worker. The woman said Andrews beat her in the back with a belt and a power cord. The woman showed investigators the marks on her back. As investigators were questioning the woman, Andrews walked into the house with the children. The children stayed with their mother while police questioned Andrews, who admitted to pushing the woman during an argument and then admitted he struck… […]

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Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the 13th most violent city in the country. There are many violent crimes committed in Palm Beach County and assault and battery are two of the most serious. Most people think “assault and battery” are the same offense but technically “assault” and “battery” are two distinct and separate crimes. A West Palm Beach man was arrested on Monday for aggravated battery, after his girlfriend accused him of beating her during an argument, reported by Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post Christopher Maurice Raphael, 24, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $26,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated battery, battery and criminal mischief. According to the probable cause affidavit, a West Palm Beach Police officer was dispatched to… […]

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Prison Terms for Animal Cruelty Charge

Prison Terms for Animal Cruelty Charge

Animal cruelty is a charge that umbrellas several different definitions of crimes within the state of Florida. Animal cruelty charges can include animal neglect, felony or misdemeanor animal cruelty, and even animal fighting. Lake Worth man gets prison term for poor treatment of dogs. After a two-hour hearing, judge Miller sentenced Kipp to six months in jail and five years of probation. While he can keep the five dogs a judge returned to him and a bird and a cat he owns, Miller said he can’t own any more animals for five years. Before trial, he rejected a plea deal that called for no jail time- reports Jane Musgrave, Palm Beach Post. Read excerpts from the story below: WEST PALM BEACH — Even though a jury in April convicted him… […]

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West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

West Palm Beach Smoke Shop Workers Arrested for Selling Synthetic Marijuana

The DEA deemed synthetic marijuana, or synthetic cannabinoids and stimulants into the Controlled Susbtances Act, making it very illegal to possess or sell any substance that is considered a synthetic alternative to marijuana. Spice and K2 are incenses created by a mixture of chemicals that people have been smoking, as it has a similar stimulating effect to that of marijuana. Selling any controlled substance is a felony and if you are accused of this crime, you need a criminal defense lawyer immediately. Synthetic Marijuana in West Palm Beach According to WPTV News, a three-month investigation into the suspected sale of illegal “synthetic marijuana” resulted in the arrests Thursday of a suburban West Palm Beach smoke shop owner and a shop employee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. Monica Lee,… […]

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