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How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

How 140 New Florida Laws are Changing the Game

140 new state laws took effect yesterday today here in Florida. The laws range in a wide variety from the acquisition of prohibited animals, to running red lights, and even the regulation of smoke shops. Criminal defense lawyers will be stepping up their game to understand the new laws taken into effect yesterday, and the crimes that will be committed as a result. Conditional/Prohibited Animal Species Purchasing, selling, bringing into the state, or giving away Burmese pythons is now illegal, but if you currently own one and acquired it legally, you are allowed to keep it. 52 pythons were caught since the commission opened hunting last year. Whitney Ray of West Palm Beach News Channel 5 reported that there are only 350 people who hold permits to own or sell… […]

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Child Neglect Case in West Palm Beach

Child Neglect Case in West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Post. The mentally disturbed mother of a young girl who was found walking alone in the Westgate neighborhood of surburban West Palm Beach has been charged with child neglect without bodily harm, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office affidavit. The sheriff’s affidavit states this isn’t the first time Gramson left her daughter alone. A neighbor told detectives Gramson walked off, leaving her daughter by herself two years ago. Child neglect is the most prevalent form of child maltreatment in the United States. According to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), of the approximately 899,000 children in the United States who were victims of abuse and neglect in 2005, 62.8 percent (564,765 children) suffered from neglect alone, including medical neglect (USDHHS, 2007). According to… […]

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West Palm Beach Police Protest SunFest

West Palm Beach Police Protest SunFest

WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The annual Sunfest musical festival begins today in downtown West Palm Beach and will run through Sunday May 2nd. The 2010 music lineup includes Weezer, Patti Labelle, ZZ Top, REO Speedwagon, Smashmouth, Sister Hazel, Sean Kingston, the B-52’s, and Ben Harper. Downtown traffic is always affected during the time of the famous Florida festival, only this time, plan on seeing many off-duty cops protesting. As announced earlier in April, West Palm Beach Police Officers planned to protest SunFest with about 100 officers holding the signs for the entire duration (5 Days) of the festival. The president of the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association, which represents the West Palm Beach officers, says he wants to make it clear they are refusing to “volunteer” to sign… […]

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Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

Cocaine Possession or Trafficking Charge – West Palm Beach

“There’s no happy ending to cocaine. You either die, you go to jail, or else you run out.” – Sam Kinison Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that comes from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a white crystalline powder that produces feelings of euphoria when it is consumed. It may also be dissolved in water and injected. Crack is a smokable form of cocaine that produces an immediate and more intense high. Both cocaine and crack can be combined with other drugs. Cocaine can be mixed with methcathinone (known as “cat,” which is similar to methamphetamine.) This makes a “wildcat.” A hollowed-out cigar filled with crack and marijuana called a “woolah.” Cocaine or crack mixed with heroin is called a “speedball.” But surprisingly, cocaine and alcohol make… […]

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Family Law in Palm Beach County

Family Law in Palm Beach County

Family law is an area of law that deals with family-related issues and domestic relations including marriage, divorce, adoption, property settlements, alimony, and parental responsibility orders like child custody, child support and alimony. This category of law has grown dramatically in recent years, as courts and legislators have redefined the definition of marriage, divorce, child custody and child support. It has been in the national spotlight many times lately. Despite changes made by federal and state lawmakers, family law remains an emotional issue that always evokes passionate feelings from everyone involved. Palm Beach County has several qualified attorneys who either specialize in family law or incorporate it as part of their practice. History of Family Law The concept of a “family” has changed over the years and the law has… […]

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Drug Trafficking Case # CF-016283 West Palm Beach

In a recent Palm Beach County felony drug trafficking case, criminal defense attorney Andrew D. Stine was able to gain an acquittal on all counts of a three count indictment -against seemingly insurmountable odds. Florida law states: “Any person who knowingly sells, purchases, manufactures, delivers, or brings into this state, or who is knowingly in actual or constructive possession of, 4 grams or more of any morphine, opium, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, or 4 grams or more of any mixture containing any such substance, but less than 30 kilograms of such substance or mixture, commits a felony of the first degree, which felony shall be known as “trafficking in illegal drugs”…and such person shall be sentenced to a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years, and the defendant shall be… […]

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Andrew Stine, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Defends Man In Delray Beach Sex Crime

A terrible teen sex crime occurred in Delray Beach, Florida, last week and two youths are now in custody. But Andrew Stine, a renowned criminal defense attorney from West Palm Beach, claims that one of the suspects is innocent. The crime occurred around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday. According to reports, 20-year-old Francisco Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other. Fingerprints were found at the crime scene and that led investigators to Britt. Britt, who has a criminal history including car theft and battery, was arrested and is being held at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Assessment… […]

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Resisting Arrest – Case # MM-016005, Delray Beach, Florida

On June 2 2008 at 2:49 PM, during a routine traffic stop, the Delray Police Department alleged that a man resisted arrest, and in doing so committed battery against a law enforcement officer. In Florida, a person may be accused of resisting arrest without or with violence. Resisting without violence is a First Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine or both. Resisting arrest with violence is a third degree Felony punishable by up to five years in state prison and a $5,000.00 fine or both. Resisting arrest in Florida is defined as: Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Parole Commission or any administrative… […]

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Assault and Battery 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. Assault – An intentional, unlawful threat to cause bodily injury to another by force. An assault can be completed even if there is no actual contact with a plaintiff, and even if the defendant had no actual ability to carry out the threat. For example – a defendant who points a realistic toy gun at a plaintiff may be liable for assault – even if he was 20 feet away and had no ability… […]

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How to Handle a DUI in Palm Beach County

Getting charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) is a serious offense and it could impact your life forever if you are convicted. Each year, states impose tougher DUI laws and more severe drunk driving penalties. Florida is no exception. This is what can happen to you for a first time DUI conviction in Florida: Jail – 6 Months Maximum – blood alcohol level (BAL) from .08 to less than .15 Jail – 9 Months Maximum – BAL above .15 Fine – From $500 to $1,000 – BAL from .08 to less than .15 Fine – From $1,000 to $2,000 – BAL above .15 or Minor in Vehicle License – Suspended from 180 Days to 1 Year Hardship Reinstatement – Complete DUI School Prior to Hardship Application Ignition Interlock… […]

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