The decision to allow police officers to use the state's "stand your ground" law as a defense in certain situations may be heading to the Florida Supreme Court. The law, originally enacted in 2005, was created as a way to allow residents to defend themselves with deadly force without fear of arrest or trial. Since its inception, the law has remained controversial, and it is even more so when law enforcement uses it as a defense in cases when deadly force is used.
It's well known that Florida is one of the tougher states for minimum mandatory sentencing for drug offenses. The fact is that many first-time offenders and legitimate addicts end up in prison serving lengthy sentences due to the minimum sentencing that is required for crimes categorized as trafficking. The opioid crisis and pill mills in the state have only added to the large number of people who are sent to prison every year for drug-related crimes.
The Florida Supreme Court may have to decide in the near future whether a car is considered a deadly weapon when used to harm or kill someone in the state of Florida. The lower appellate courts in the state are divided on this issue, forcing the state's Supreme Court to become the deciding factor.
A Miami man is attempting to use Florida's controversial "stand-your-ground" statute as a way to seek immunity for child abuse charges brought against him. The cases involves a 30-year-old Miami tennis instructor who is accused of hitting a five-year-old boy with a tennis racket, causing bruising on the boy's right arm and a lump on his eyebrow. The man is charged with child abuse, but feels that he acted in self-defense.
With the holidays upon us, many folks are getting ready to travel to visit family or friends, and filling their calendars with festive parties and opportunities for holiday cheer. Unfortunately for many, the holidays also signal a time when crime rates go up. Just as shopping, decorations, and parties can be distracting, they can also be dangerous and prime breeding grounds for crimes. A simple unintentional mistake, can not only ruin your holiday spirit, but can also result in criminal charges. Here are some common crimes to pay attention to and avoid this holiday season.
If a judge decides to call a mistrial in a case, it means that the trial cannot and will not be successfully completed. The trial is terminated and declared void before the jury or judge renders a verdict or decision. However, it does not mean that there will not be a future trial. In most cases, the trial is reset for a different time with a different jury.
Recently in South Florida, a Boca Raton U.S. Postal Service worker was charged with accepting a bribe in order to deliver boxes of drugs on her route. Postal worker, Evelyn Price, admitted to receiving around $500 from a man she only knew as "Steve" in order to deliver boxes to him in parking lots instead of to the addresses listed on the packages.
In an effort to further decrease the incidents of gun violence in the city of Miami, city commissioners included funds in the recently approved 2018 city budget to expand the current gunfire detection technology in the city. Many residents may not be aware, but the city has been using gunfire detection technology in certain neighborhoods since 2014. $325,000 in the proposed 2018 budget is allocated to triple the current zone where the technology is utilized.
A former prosecutor and judge in Texas will go to jail for his role in the wrongful conviction of a man. The prosecutor has pled guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence in a case that sent an innocent man to prison for the murder of his wife. The prosecutor turned judge, possessed evidence at the time of the trial that may have cleared the accused man of the crime.
Health care fraud crackdowns initiated to catch those who defraud within the health care industry are common, but a couple of the most recent crackdowns have targeted one segment of the industry in particular that some may argue Florida desperately needs to be clean and honest. The drug and addiction treatment industry exists to support recovering drug and alcohol addicts who come to the facilities ideally to seek treatment and rid themselves of a dangerous addiction in order to live a healthier life. However, through evidence collected during one local and one national crackdown, a dark picture of the operation of these facilities has emerged.