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Meth Lab drug charges

An odd, suspicious looking house gets busted for being a "meth lab". I guess we shouldn't be surprised. It's been a growing problem in Florida for some time now. Police are searching very closely for any clues that lead them to discovering a house cooking meth. They're looking for matchbooks with strike plates removed, or collections of discarded striker plates. Discarded vinyl or rubber tubing, to go along with glass jars and containers are a dead giveaway.

Barber Shop turns Strip Club

Talk about a close shave! The owner of a Pine Hills barber shop turned his establishment into an illegal strip club, which included some dancers who were minors. Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation agents raided the business early Sunday morning, arresting the owner and a 17-year old girl "working" there as a stripper. Arrest warrants have also been issued for two other girls accused of being strippers. Authorities are checking out their ages as well.

Ponzi Schemes

Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. When we think of the term "Ponzi scheme" those are the two names that pop into our heads. We also know the term implies a financial con of some sort, but it isn't always so clear cut. You would be surprised at what passes as a charge involving a Ponzi scheme. 

Trespassing Charges Can Be Out Of Bounds

Take a wrong turn? Walk in the wrong backyard? Sometimes we just step into a bad situation. Trespassing occurs when someone sets foot onto someone else's land, home, car, etc. Basically entering a property that the owner didn't give you permission to enter. A very common example of a "trespass charge" is when a person enters a bar or a nightclub after being refused entry by a bouncer or security guard. 

Exploring the process for DUI expungement in Florida

After going through the process of a trial for driving under the influence, some mark will turn up on an individual's criminal record regardless of the verdict. Even though it may seem counterintuitive, an adult who is acquitted of drunk driving will still have the arrest and charges show up on their permanent record. The only thing that obviously won't appear is a conviction.

Reckless Driving clarification

You'd be surprised at what is considered to be "reckless driving" in the state of Florida. Your average citizen might believe that this is just a civil offense. Think again! Reckless driving is a criminal charge. Getting caught speed is usually the reason why drivers are charged with reckless driving. Other ways to get busted include weaving across lanes, cutting off another driver without using a signal and driving so aggressively that you may possibly cause an accident. Reckless driving tickets may also be issued to other violations like speeding or running a red light. What about texting or falling asleep at the wheel? That usually follows under "careless driving".

DUI not the end of your driving life

I would say a large percentage of us have had one too many to drink at some point in our lives. The wise thing to do is never get behind the wheel of a car when you are intoxicated, and instead hand off the keys to a trusted family member or friend. Sounds easy, right? Then why are there so many DUIs?

First Degree Murder Charge for killing grandma

Over in Sumter County, FL, a man was arrested and charged with first degree murder for the death of his grandmother. This took place Saturday when deputies were called to the home 82-year-old grandmother. They found her dead in a bedroom with a towel covering her and bandages on her chest. After his arrest, deputies say that the grandson admitted to entering his grandmother's bedroom stabbing her in the chest with a knife. During the search at the home, deputies discovered a large broken kitchen knife in a trash can. He admitted to killing her on Wednesday night, leaving her dead body

Speed Traps No Longer A Secret

Florida has become the go-to state for "speed traps". In case you didn't know, speed traps are done in an area of the road where police can remain hidden in order to detect vehicles going over the speed limit. The police typically use radar for detection.

Law enforcement may rely on aggressive tactics in DUI cases

There are a variety of legal protections that could be considered cornerstones of the American legal system. For example, individuals cannot be subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures made by law enforcement officials, according to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. As a result of this, police must have probable cause or obtain a warrant before obtaining evidence from a suspect.

Burglaries committed by teens

As adults, we can look back on our lives and think of all the stupid things we did as teenagers. When you are a minor, it doesn't mean that everything you do will go unpunished. If there is a positive to being arrested as a minor, it's that juveniles have the same rights to a legal defense as adults do.

Armed robbery suspect arrested

Armed robbery is a first degree felony in the state of Florida and it carries a statutory maximum of 30 years in prison. Of course, the sentence depends on a few different things. Now comes a story where an armed robbery charge leads to something larger for the police.

Different Faces of Stalking

When you are charged with "stalking" it is usually because someone believes you have willfully and repeatedly harassed them. This doesn't only mean the old fashioned view of it either. We are long since past the days and nights of people being accused of parking a car outside a house. While there are two sides to every story, especially when it comes to a romantic couple, when you are accused of stalking it may feel like your voice isn't being heard. 

Lewd and Lascivious embarrassment

There are embarrassing acts to be arrested for, and then there is being charged for Lewd and Lascivious behavior. The words "lewd" and "lascivious" are synonymous with wicked behavior. But just how wicked depends on different cases.

Red Light Cameras illegal before 2010

Red light camera tickets are an epidemic. People are unclear about the whole process and with good reason. Not helping with the confusion is the fact that the machines have a history of malfunction. Turning right on red seems to confuse drivers, and the machines, the most. When a driver makes the turn in a slow and cautious manner the turn shouldn't result in a violation. But there have been machines catching drivers making this legal maneuver, as well as the camera going off sometimes during a yellow light, and even "catching" parked cars.

Drug Paraphernalia Problems

You could walk into almost any college dorm right now and find "drug paraphernalia". But how is it illegal, even if you are not using it? What if you didn't even know it was in the room? Or if it was a friend's paraphernalia. 

Helping ex-cons find work

It's bad enough you lose your freedom when you are sentenced to some lengthy jail time, but losing all hope when it comes to finding work, after prison, is just as awful. When you have a criminal record it is not easy to find a job. Even if the charges are dropped or dismissed, the arrest can still show up. 

How do Florida's DUI laws apply to underage Florida drivers?

It's generally known that law enforcement officers take drunk driving very seriously. However, in Florida, the laws are even more stringent for drivers under the age of 21, the legal age for alcohol consumption. Specifically, younger motorists have an even lower threshold to face certain penalties that drivers that are of a legal age.

Arrest ruins vacation

Coming to the "Sunshine State" means a vacation full of fun. Of course, nothing ruins a FL vacation like being arrested. Forget about having to spend your free time dealing with the police and making bail, you also have to worry about taking additional time off from work to return to Florida to attend a criminal hearing. That's worse than laying out in the sun for too long!

Arrested for BB gun

We live in a very gun-aware society. So while this story doesn't sound too serious, you must remember the kind of world we live in today.

Bond Hearings Protocol

People hear the term "bond hearing" and they usually don't quite understand the process. A bond hearing is set within a certain amount of time after a defendant's arrest. In the state of Florida, a defendant is entitled to a bond hearing within the first 24 hours after their arrest. As you might expect, bond hearings are held all day, every day. 

Measuring the scope of Florida's implied consent law

As we have previously discussed on this blog, drivers in Florida consent to take a breath test for intoxication by virtue of operating a vehicle within the state. Motorists have the option to refuse a breath test, but that decision has weighty legal consequences. As such, it may not seem like people really have a choice in the matter -- with knowledge of the consequences for breath test refusal.

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