Back in June, Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez was arrested in Miami Lakes on money laundering and marijuana trafficking charges. Investigators recorded Hernandez-Gonzalez on a phone call via a wiretap with marijuana growers from Miami who were arrested in Tennessee. He allegedly gave the individuals marijuana growing advice during the phone call. The conversation led investigators to his home where they found $22 million hidden in Home Depot buckets.
When it comes to smuggling illegal items into, or out of, the United States, smugglers can get pretty creative. Such is the case with a shipment from Maracaibo, Venezuela, which was seized by custom agents at Miami International Airport this past April.
The state of Florida had revamped its death penalty law a mere seven months ago, only to have the Florida Supreme Court declare the newly revised statute unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court has also suggested that there was a significant deal of uncertainty surrounding the death penalty, as the state is one of the leading practitioners of capital punishment in the nation. The recently revised death penalty was challenged due to the fact that it did not require a unanimous decision from the jurors in order to draw the sentence. Nearly 400 inmates are on Florida's death row and due to the fluctuations surrounding the death penalty uncertainty have arisen as to their outcome.
In 2010 John Goodman, founder of International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, was convicted of the DUI manslaughter of a University of Central Florida student named Scott Patrick Wilson. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison upon conviction, but has filed to have his case appealed based on the evidence of his blood alcohol level.
In criminal cases defense attorneys are charged with protecting the rights of their clients. Among those rights is the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects, among other things, against unlawful search and seizures.
The scope of social media is reaching further and further as more ways to communicate are introduced. One of the most popular features of late is live video. From Facebook Live to Periscope, live broadcasting is becoming the new normal. And because every user has access to it, anyone can now broadcast his or her own live event in a matter of seconds.
Cases of fraud are always unnerving as it usually includes an individual accruing large sums of money at the expense of other individuals. In a recent case of housing fraud, a developer by the name of Lloyd Boggio was charged with multimillion dollar fraud in Miami that impacted low-income families. Rather than face a jury of his peers, Boggio pled guilty in his case.
On Friday, August 19, Palm Beach County Court Judge, Jeffery Colbath amended the previous punishment of Ramon Rosario. Rosario was sentenced to over 200 years of prison time after being convicted of leading a band of young individuals into people's homes, kidnapping, and robbing them. He was also the participant in a standoff with a Boca Raton officer. The adjusted sentencing is in line with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision where states should avoid giving life sentences to juvenile offenders who had not committed murder.
Cyberbullying among children is becoming more and more popular given the overwhelming access to technology. Things like body shaming and harassment have become commonplace in schools and on the internet. There has been such a huge influx that online support groups have been created where children can share their bullying experiences.
When facing criminal accusations, it is wise to protect yourself and seek a good criminal defense attorney. However, when awaiting trial and sentencing it is important to tread carefully and with caution as to your actions. Some individuals have made grave mistakes in giving themselves away to authorities by use of social media.