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December 2011 Archives

Clewiston teen allegedly confesses to murdering grandfather

Authorities say that a 19-year-old Clewiston man killed his 84-year-old grandfather by beating him with a hammer. The teen was arrested in Cape Coral after allegedly running from the car where the murder took place. A motive has not been released.

Naples man accused of sexual assault on an infant

One of the most disturbing things possible is to be accused of sexual assault of a child in Florida. Sex crimes are serious offenses that can result in lengthy prison sentences. Sex crimes perpetrated against children are even more serious and can result in even lengthier prison sentences.

Florida college arrests: a case of discretion?

In our last post we discussed arrests for violent crimes on Florida campuses. Campus arrests are relatively common but the rules are not applied evenly to everyone. Campus cops are usually fully sworn police officers who report directly to university administration and not to the public. These officers have broad discretion in deciding which students are sent to their dorms and which students are sent to jail. While some students may be subject to quiet, under-the-radar disciplinary proceedings, other students are subjected to prosecution by district attorneys.

Violent crimes on Florida college campuses

It is not uncommon for a Florida college student to be charged with a violent crime such as assault or battery. Assault and battery charges can be the result of arguments with roommates or fraternity brothers. Assaults also often happen in the context of bar fights. Many of these charges are not prosecuted but occasionally an overzealous prosecutor will decide to go after a college student for a youthful indiscretion.

Ex-Miss USA arrested for drunken driving

In our last post we discussed an appeal of an application of Florida's drunk driving law to a driver who was subjected to a breathalyzer test. Breath tests are known to vary in accuracy and there was recently a scandal involving the application of breath tests which were known to be faulty. Courts continue to be hostile to breath test challenges despite the controversy surrounding breathalyzers. This is why it is important to contact an experienced Florida DUI attorney if you are charged with drunk driving based on the results of a breath test.

Appeal of Florida's drunk driving law denied

An appeal of Florida's DUI law as unconstitutional was denied recently by a Collier County judge. The 36-year-old man filing the appeal - who pled not guilty in his drunk driving case - asserts that without knowledge of how breath-test machines operate, the drunk driving law should be thrown out.

Lee County woman sentenced for child pornography

A 31-year-old Lee County woman was recently sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges. Child pornography is one of the most serious things that a Florida resident can be accused of and even the possession of a single explicit photo of a person under 18 on one's computer can lead to a child pornography conviction. Each image of a child engaged in a suggestive or explicit act can result in a 5-year prison sentence. State and federal authorities aggressively pursue child pornography cases so it is important to obtain the best legal representation possible.

Collier County "Stand Your Ground" defense case continues

Bullying has been a mainstay of schoolyard arguments for centuries but the recent intensification of bullying incidents has begun to grab national headlines. One Collier County teen faces manslaughter charges after an alleged bullying incident got out of control and resulted in the stabbing of a classmate from Palmetto Ridge High School.

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