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Broward County Mother Charged With Attemped Murder In Near-Drowning Of Infant

07/02/2014 06:36:00 AM

A Broward County mother is in custody, charged with attempted murder after her 3-month old baby boy was found unresponsive on her front lawn. Miramar Police say that a neighbor noticed a baby lying in the grass outside of a home. The baby did ...

Trial Begins In Miami-Dade County in "No Body" Homicide

06/30/2014 16:12:00 PM

The trial of a man who is accused of murdering his wife back in 1994 is set to begin in Miami-Dade County. The man was arrested back in 2012. He had been a suspect in his wife’s disappearance since she went missing back in 1994. The pro ...

Opa-locka Man Sentenced To State Prison For Stealing Lobster Traps

06/26/2014 15:17:00 PM

Really? Yup. Prison. A Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge has sentenced an Opa-locka man to 18 months in state prison for allegedly taking lobster traps. The 42 year-old man must also serve 3 years of probation following his sentence. Florida ...

Miami Man Sentenced In Drag Racing Deaths

06/24/2014 13:47:00 PM

A young man will spend the next 15 years of his life in a Florida state prison because of a drag racing accident back in 2011 that killed 3 people. A 22 year-old man, who was 19 at the time the offense was committed, was charged with reckless ...

Opa-locka Cop Found Guilty Of Felonies

06/20/2014 15:40:00 PM

In an update to a post from earlier this week, former Opa-locka police officer German Bosque was convicted last night of one count of false imprisonment, and one count of tampering with a witness. He was acquitted of the misdemeanor count of ...

Convictions On Your Record

06/18/2014 15:34:00 PM

With the proliferation of private background check companies, your personal information - including your criminal history - is available to anybody. This is especially true if you have a conviction on your record. A conviction is an adjudication ...

Trial Begins For Former Opa-locka Cop

06/16/2014 15:01:00 PM

A former Opa-locka police officer with a lengthy disciplinary record is facing trial on charges of battery, tampering with a witness, and false imprisonment. The former officer is accused of punching a man during a domestic violence call. When ...

Man Suspected Of Several Acts of Theft At Broward County Publix Stores

06/12/2014 14:45:00 PM

A Broward County man is suspected of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of beer and packaged steaks at Publix stores throughout West Broward County. Publix stores in Weston, Cooper City, Plantation, and Davie were known to have been targeted. ...

Miami Police Department To Implement Hundreds Of Surveillance Cameras

06/09/2014 07:47:00 AM

In an effort to fight crime in the City of Miami, the Miami Police Department announced that they will be installing hundreds of cameras throughout the city’s neighborhoods. The cameras will feed images to a command center where officers will ...

The Typical Process of a Public Assistance Fraud Investigation

06/08/2014 13:48:00 PM

Public assistance fraud is a big deal these days. This category of criminal charges occurs when a Florida agency, such as the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Division of Financial Services, of Office of Economic Opportunity, suspects ...

Expunging A Sealed Record

05/30/2014 09:13:00 AM

As you know there is a difference between sealing and expunging a record. You seal an arrest record when you have pleaded guilty or no contest to the charge, adjudication was withheld (no conviction imposed), and the charge is an eligible ...

Trial of Miami Beach Police Officer Charged With DUI Begins

05/27/2014 13:55:00 PM

A former Miami Beach police officer is on trial, accused of driving an all terrain vehicle (ATV) on the beach while in uniform and allegedly under the influence of alcohol. The former Miami Beach officer is accused of drinking at a Miami Beach ...

Keys Man Charged With 4th DUI Right After Being Charged With 3rd

05/22/2014 12:30:00 PM

A man who lives in Islamorada in the Florida Keys was arrested for his 3rd DUI. He went to court, posted bond, and was arrested for another DUI just hours later. In Florida, a third DUI that occurs within 10 years of the last DUI conviction ...

What To Consider When Deciding Whether To Take Your Case To Trial

05/19/2014 15:50:00 PM

If you were to go by what you see on television, you would think that every arrest is resolved by a jury trial. The truth is, over 95% of all criminal cases are resolved by plea or are dismissed before they ever go to trial. You are not required ...

FDLE Delays Greatly Reduced

05/16/2014 10:46:00 AM

For the past two years, FDLE processing times for applications to seal or expunge Florida criminal records have increased. On average, the wait time from start to finish used to be about 4-6 months. For the past two years, the wait time has ...

Miami Police Officer Killed In His Own House

05/13/2014 08:28:00 AM

A veteran City of Miami Police officer was found dead in his Pembroke Pines home over the weekend. The officer was dressed in his uniform as if he was on his way to work. He was found dead in the front entry of his home. The cause of death was ...

Multiple Grow House Busts In One Week Suggest The Work Of A Confidential Informant

05/09/2014 08:46:00 AM

Just this past week in Miami-Dade County, three major marijuana grow house operations were shut down by MDPD Narcotics officers serving search warrants on the properties. Three major search warrant executions and arrests in such a short ...

Cinco De Mayo 2014 Arrests

05/06/2014 14:11:00 PM

South Florida boasts an array of Cinco De Mayo activities. While driving through Miami yesterday afternoon, I saw about a dozen bars and restaurants setting up for the night’s events. There were giant inflatable Corona bottles, stages, Me ...

Broward Man Charged With Kidnapping Child

05/05/2014 08:33:00 AM

A Broward man was arrested and charged with kidnapping his 6-month old son. Parental kidnappings are not uncommon. A parent can commit the offense of kidnapping against a child when they violate a custody agreement or do not have custody of ...

Broward Sheriff's Contractor Sting Nets 30 Arrests

05/01/2014 13:59:00 PM

This past week, the Broward Sheriff’s Office set up a sting operating targeting suspected unlicensed contractors. Contracting without a license is a misdemeanor in the State of Florida punishable by up to 1 year in jail. If you are contr ...

The Felony Domestic Violence Pre-File Process

04/29/2014 13:23:00 PM

Florida is a “no drop” state. That means that if the police get called out on a domestic violence call, an arrest will be made. Long gone are the days when the cops would come to a house after receiving a call, calm everybody down, and ...

Lamborghini Driver Facing Manslaughter Charges For Miami Beach Crash

04/25/2014 10:34:00 AM

The driver of a Lamborghini that was reportedly driving in excess of 100 miles per hour may face DUI manslaughter charges if blood tests reveal that alcohol was involved. If no alcohol is found in the driver’s blood, vehicular manslaughter ...

Miami Man Who Represented Self In Month-Long Murder Trial Convicted In 2 Hours

04/23/2014 08:32:00 AM

They say that “he who represents himself has a fool for a client.” With a 2-hour guilty verdict in a trial that lasted 31 days, the old adage rings true. Michel Escoto, a Miami man accused of murdering his wife of 4 days so that he cou ...

Open Warrants

04/21/2014 13:37:00 PM

A warrant is issued by a judge either compelling a police department to arrest you for a crime (arrest warrant) or for failing to appear when required to attend court (a bench warrant or an alias capias). If you are under investigation for ...

When Can You Reasonably Expect Jail For A Misdemeanor

04/18/2014 08:57:00 AM

For most first-time offenders and even offenders with some arrests in their background, you are not likely going to go to jail for a misdemeanor offense. Diversion programs, such as the Pretrial Diversion in Miami-Dade County and the Misdemeanor ...

BSO Arrests Four Men Suspected Of Burglary Of An Unoccupied Conveyance

04/15/2014 14:53:00 PM

An 18 year-old and three juveniles were arrested by the Broward Sheriff’s Office and charged with multiple counts of burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, grand theft, and grand theft of a firearm. BSO was investigating a series of car b ...

"Wrong-Way" Sawgrass Expressway Driver Arrested For DUI Manslaughter

04/08/2014 09:00:00 AM

Back in November of 2013, a young woman drinking at a Coral Springs bar sent out a tweet that said “2 drunk 2 care.” An hour later, she was involved in a crash that claimed the lives of two people. It is alleged that the young woman was ...

Florida Legislature May Ease Up On Prescription Drug Trafficking Mandatory Sentences

04/07/2014 11:57:00 AM

Seven, eight years ago, Florida lawmakers couldn’t get enough mandatory minimums for prescription drug trafficking. Lawmakers up in Tallahassee believed that mandatory prison time was the only solution for those charged with trafficking in ...

Waiver of A DHSMV Formal Review

04/03/2014 10:59:00 AM

As you know, when you are arrested for DUI, your Florida driver’s license is suspended. 6 months for a breath reading of .08 or higher, 1 year for a refusal. If you have prior DUIs or have refused before, you could lose your license for even ...

Miami Police Search For Serial Gas Station Robbers

04/01/2014 09:25:00 AM

Miami Police believe that Marathon gas stations are being targeted by a group of armed robbers. In a period of 10 days, 3 Marathon gas stations in Miami were allegedly robbed by three men. One of them allegedly wore a mask and carried a shotgun. ...

Ultra Music Festival Future Uncertain Due To Violence And Arrests

03/31/2014 14:28:00 PM

The music festival that comes to Miami each year may be in jeopardy after numerous felony and misdemeanor arrests have occurred, as well as the trampling of a security guard when a crowd broke through a fence trying to get inside. City com ...

Fort Lauderdale Security Guard Arrested For Selling Marijuana For Undercover Cop

03/28/2014 14:03:00 PM

A security guard in Fort Lauderdale was arrested and charged with sale of cannabis. Police reports indicate that the accused encountered an undercover Fort Lauderdale Police officer. A conversation ensued and the accused allegedly sold a $20 ...

Broward Man Found Guilty In DUI Manslaughter Death Of Miami Heat Dancer

03/26/2014 15:48:00 PM

After deliberating for two days, a Broward County jury found the 46 year-old defendant guilty of DUI manslaughter. The alleged victim was a dancer for the Miami Heat. The evidence in the trial included video surveillance from the Galleria ...

Video Surveillance Records Multiple Broward Car Burglaries

03/19/2014 09:44:00 AM

Surveillance footage in a parking lot in Hollywood, Florida, captured at least 4 men breaking into a total of 52 cars. The video showed the men smashing windows and climbing into the cars to rummage around for valuables. A similar incident ...

Alleged Strong-Arm Robbery Suspect Taken Down By Passersby

03/17/2014 14:26:00 PM

A 21 year-old Miami man is facing a second-degree felony charge of strong-arm robbery after he allegedly snatched a purse from the hands of an elderly woman and then took off on foot. People passing by on the street saw this take place and ...

Broward Sex Crimes Case Gets Dropped Due To Entrapment

03/14/2014 14:00:00 PM

A Broward coach had his charges dismissed (no action) by the Broward State Attorney’s Office after a prosecutor reviewing the arrest determined that the accused was entrapped. The coach was charged with procuring a person under 18 for pr ...

2014 Record Sealing And Expungement Processing Update

03/12/2014 14:01:00 PM

In recent years, the expected turnaround time for an expungement or sealing application has been about 6-8 months. Things aren’t moving much quicker. According to FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement), applications received in December ...

Spring Break 2014 Arrests

03/10/2014 12:07:00 PM

Every year during the second week of March, I invariably start receiving calls from people - usually college students - arrested while on Spring Break in South Florida. Most of those arrested during Spring Break are law-abiding citizens with ...

Sarasota Police Mail Notices Regarding Prostitution

03/07/2014 11:22:00 AM

Sarasota, Florida, police have begun mailing letters to the homes of drivers allegedly seen in areas known for prostitution. The officers of the Sarasota Police Department have allegedly been watching as cars come into areas known to be frequented ...

Miami-Dade Police Officer Arrested For DUI In Broward

03/05/2014 10:11:00 AM

A veteran Miami-Dade Police officer has been arrested and charged with DUI for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol in Broward County, Florida. The off-duty 12-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department allegedly made an illegal ...

Closing Arguments In Miami DUI Manslaughter Case

03/03/2014 08:10:00 AM

In a follow-up to a post about a DUI manslaughter trial involving the death of a teenage girl, the case looks to be coming to a close today. After several days of testimony, both the state and the defense will deliver their closing arguments ...

Broward Mom Accused Of Child Neglect For Giving Kids Sleeping Pills

02/28/2014 13:28:00 PM

A 26 year-old Broward County is facing five counts of child neglect, each count a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison. The woman is accused of leaving her 5 children home alone while she went to work. The home apparently ...

Jury Trial Begins For Miami Man Charged In DUI Manslaughter Death

02/26/2014 10:28:00 AM

A jury has been selected and opening statements are slated to begin in the trial of a man accused of killing a 13-year old girl in a 2012 DUI manslaughter crash. The man is also charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death after ...

Fort Lauderdale Man Struck In Hit-And-Run Dies

02/24/2014 11:29:00 AM

A man who was left paralyzed in a hit-and-run crash that occurred on December 16, when the alleged victim was bicycling through Fort Lauderdale. The accused driver reportedly struck the victim. The victim then flew up onto the car and got stuck ...

Throwing A Deadly Missile

02/19/2014 11:20:00 AM

Since the Michael Dunn verdict was announced, people are curious about what constitutes the charge of throwing or shooting a deadly missile in the State of Florida. The statute specifically makes it a second-degree felony, a crime punishable ...

Michael Dunn Verdict Explained

02/17/2014 08:01:00 AM

Michael Dunn, a 47-year old software engineer from Brevard County, was convicted of 4 of 5 counts this past weekend related to firing his gun into a moving SUV. The SUV contained 4 teenagers, one of whom was killed in the gunfire. The jury hung ...

North Florida Man Takes The Witness Stand In Self-Defense Killing

02/11/2014 15:20:00 PM

A 47 year-old Jacksonville man is facing first-degree murder charges after he allegedly unloaded at least nine rounds into a car carrying several young men back in 2012. The shooting apparently happened in a parking lot. The alleged victim ...

Palm Beach Man Sentenced To Life For Felony Murder

02/08/2014 11:10:00 AM

A Palm Beach man was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison even though he didn’t physically kill anybody. A Palm Beach Circuit Court judge sentenced the accused after being convicted by a jury of burglary and felony ...

Palm Beach Man Sentenced To Life For Felony Murder

02/08/2014 11:10:00 AM

A Palm Beach man was convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison even though he didn’t physically kill anybody. A Palm Beach Circuit Court judge sentenced the accused after being convicted by a jury of burglary and felony ...

Three Marijuana Grow Houses Raided In Miami-Dade County

02/05/2014 14:09:00 PM

Over the course of one night, the Miami-Dade Police Department has seemingly put an end to a serious marijuana grow house operation. Police seized an estimated 1400 pounds of marijuana at the three separate grow house locations. This marijuana ...

Three Marijuana Grow Houses Raided In Miami-Dade County

02/05/2014 14:09:00 PM

Over the course of one night, the Miami-Dade Police Department has seemingly put an end to a serious marijuana grow house operation. Police seized an estimated 1400 pounds of marijuana at the three separate grow house locations. This marijuana ...

Sarasota Woman Could Face Grand Theft Auto Charges For Driving Off In Reporter's Car

02/03/2014 15:53:00 PM

A news reporter doing a story on a rental scam became the victim of a grand theft auto when the subject of his investigation became annoyed with the reporter’s persistence. The reporter was investigating a Sarasota woman suspected of running ...

Sarasota Woman Could Face Grand Theft Auto Charges For Driving Off In Reporter's Car

02/03/2014 15:53:00 PM

A news reporter doing a story on a rental scam became the victim of a grand theft auto when the subject of his investigation became annoyed with the reporter’s persistence. The reporter was investigating a Sarasota woman suspected of running ...

What is A Drug Recognition Expert?

02/01/2014 10:31:00 AM

Florida’s DUI statute is not limited to alcohol. You do not have to be impaired by alcohol to be charged with DUI. Florida’s DUI statute permits the arrest and prosecution of an individual suspected of driving while under the influence ...

What is A Drug Recognition Expert?

02/01/2014 10:31:00 AM

Florida’s DUI statute is not limited to alcohol. You do not have to be impaired by alcohol to be charged with DUI. Florida’s DUI statute permits the arrest and prosecution of an individual suspected of driving while under the influence ...

Medical Marijuana In Florida Clears Hurdle

01/28/2014 11:58:00 AM

Could medical marijuana become legal in Florida? Possibly. The Florida Supreme Court has approved a ballot initiative that will let the people of Florida decide whether marijuana will become legal for medicinal purposes only. If ever made a ...

Medical Marijuana In Florida Clears Hurdle

01/28/2014 11:58:00 AM

Could medical marijuana become legal in Florida? Possibly. The Florida Supreme Court has approved a ballot initiative that will let the people of Florida decide whether marijuana will become legal for medicinal purposes only. If ever made a ...

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Justin Bieber DUI Arrest

01/24/2014 06:10:00 AM

I never thought the day would come where I would have to address Justin Bieber in this forum. But I am a DUI lawyer and, for whatever reason, this 19 year-old’s misdemeanor arrest is international news. So here it is. Justin Bieber was a ...

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Justin Bieber DUI Arrest

01/24/2014 06:10:00 AM

I never thought the day would come where I would have to address Justin Bieber in this forum. But I am a DUI lawyer and, for whatever reason, this 19 year-old’s misdemeanor arrest is international news. So here it is. Justin Bieber was a ...

Self-Defense: The Differences Between George Zimmerman And Curtis Reeves

01/22/2014 07:53:00 AM

By now you’ve all heard about the shooting in a Tampa area movie theater. 71 year-old Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa Police Officer, got into an argument with a younger man who was allegedly texting during the movie previews. The younger man ...

Self-Defense: The Differences Between George Zimmerman And Curtis Reeves

01/22/2014 07:53:00 AM

By now you’ve all heard about the shooting in a Tampa area movie theater. 71 year-old Curtis Reeves, a retired Tampa Police Officer, got into an argument with a younger man who was allegedly texting during the movie previews. The younger man ...

Sentencing Enhancements For Violent Career Criminals, Three Time Felony Offenders, and Prison Releasee Reoffenders (PRRPs)

01/20/2014 07:55:00 AM

The Violent Career Criminal (VCC), Three Time Felony Offender, and Prison Releasee Reoffender (PRRP) are some of the harshest "career criminal" enhancements in the State of Florida. All three sentencing enhancements are based on the offender's ...

Sentencing Enhancements For Violent Career Criminals, Three Time Felony Offenders, and Prison Releasee Reoffenders (PRRPs)

01/20/2014 07:55:00 AM

The Violent Career Criminal (VCC), Three Time Felony Offender, and Prison Releasee Reoffender (PRRP) are some of the harshest "career criminal" enhancements in the State of Florida. All three sentencing enhancements are based on the offender's ...

Two Teenagers Charged With Grand Theft At Broward Victoria's Secret

01/17/2014 11:57:00 AM

Two teenage boys are accused of stealing over $11,000 worth of garments from a Victoria’s Secret at Sawgrass Mills. One of the two teens is 18, so he will be charged with grand theft in the 3rd degree in Circuit Court as an adult. The co ...

Two Teenagers Charged With Grand Theft At Broward Victoria's Secret

01/17/2014 11:57:00 AM

Two teenage boys are accused of stealing over $11,000 worth of garments from a Victoria’s Secret at Sawgrass Mills. One of the two teens is 18, so he will be charged with grand theft in the 3rd degree in Circuit Court as an adult. The co ...

Vacating Pleas In DWLS Cases

01/15/2014 07:38:00 AM

As you know, Florida has a Habitual Traffic Offender statute that results in the loss of your driving privilege for 5 years if the Department of Highway Safety and Motor deems that you are an HTO. There are many ways that you can become an ...

Vacating Pleas In DWLS Cases

01/15/2014 07:38:00 AM

As you know, Florida has a Habitual Traffic Offender statute that results in the loss of your driving privilege for 5 years if the Department of Highway Safety and Motor deems that you are an HTO. There are many ways that you can become an ...

The Misdemeanor Domestic Violence Case Process

01/13/2014 14:29:00 PM

Misdemeanors are misdemeanors, felonies are felonies. Right? Most people assume that felonies are serious and misdemeanors are not so serious. While that is somewhat true, misdemeanor domestic violence charges, such as simple battery, violation ...

Disclosing Sealed Or Expunged Records: Teachers And Medical Professionals

01/10/2014 13:08:00 PM

The benefit to having your Florida criminal record sealed or expunged is that you may legally deny your arrest to a prospective employer. However, there are situations in which certain government agencies or even entire industries are permitted ...

Search Warrant Reveals That Broward County Wrong-Way Driver Was Impaired

01/08/2014 14:48:00 PM

A young woman accused of driving the wrong way on the Sawgrass Expressway, resulting in an accident that killed two people, was allegedly impaired by alcohol at the time of the crash. A search warrant obtained by investigators revealed that ...

Recent Changes to Miami-Dade's Back On Track DUI Program

01/06/2014 11:00:00 AM

I have just learned that Miami-Dade’s DUI Diversion program, known as “Back On Track” has implemented a few new changes. For Level 1 participants, which means that a breath sample was given and that sample was under .15, there is n

Misdemeanor Probation Violation Warrants

01/03/2014 14:42:00 PM

When you are facing a probation violation for a misdemeanor case in Miami-Dade or Broward County Court, your probation officer will submit an probation violation affidavit to the court. If the court finds that a violation of the terms and conditions ...

The Most Common Misdemeanor Bench Warrants

01/01/2014 17:14:00 PM

In Miami-Dade and Broward County, it is common to get a bench warrant or alias capias if you have been issued a PTA (promise to appear) or any type of written notice to appear and you do not appear for your first court date. Your first court ...

A Typical Marijuana Grow House Investigation

12/30/2013 12:28:00 PM

Marijuana grow houses are common throughout South Florida. What most people don’t understand, however, is how police find marijuana grow houses. In all of the cases I have been involved in as both a Miami-Dade prosecutor and a criminal ...

Sun Sentinel Reports On Several Unsolved Broward County Crimes

12/27/2013 10:00:00 AM

While 2013 may be coming to an end, several high-profile crimes that occurred this year in Broward County have not yet been solved. The Sun Sentinel has published an article highlighting several of the notable crimes that occurred in 2013 that ...

Palm Beach County To Give Cash Rewards For Reporting DUIs

12/26/2013 10:27:00 AM

Palm Beach County authorities have announced a plan to give $100 rewards to anybody who reports an impaired driver. The program is aimed at getting the public to report DUI drivers. If the DUI driver is stopped and an arrest is made, the caller ...

Common Holiday Season Arrests

12/23/2013 09:19:00 AM

As Christmas and New Years approach, it is important to know what crimes police officers will be specifically targeting. Obviously, anytime there are holiday parties and people out celebrating, officers will be going after alcohol-related crimes. ...

Bond Increased For Miami Woman Charged In Hit And Run

12/19/2013 09:41:00 AM

A Miami woman who has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident had her bond raised to $25,000 for one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury, a third-degree felony punishable by 5 years in prison. The ...