Tag Archives: arrest

Meth Makes Millions

It is no surprise that making the illegal drug methamphetamine (aka meth), a drug known by at least 45 different names, makes some individuals and groups very rich. It is a multi-billion dollar business that maims, kills and takes no prisoners.The chalky ... Read more

Polk county DUI arrest for driving the wrong way on I-4.

The Florida Highway Patrol arrested a Winter Haven man in Polk County early this morning for DUI after he was allegedly stopped driving the wrong way on I-4.  FHP has dash cams on most of their patrol cars so part of the traffic stop was captured on video.  ... Read more

Another Christmas Prostitution sting in Polk County results in 61 arrests.

Sheriff Grady Judd will hold a press conference today to announce the results of the latest Polk Prostitution sting from last week.  The sting was part of a  undercover operation targeting individuals who respond to online advertisements on Backpage.com. ... Read more

How do you get your mugshot off the internet websites? Feds may be helping defendants.

As a criminal record sealing and expunging lawyer, many people call me because they need to get their mugshot off the internet because they can not find a job or obtain housing because of their criminal background.  For now, you must seal or expunge your reco... Read more

Tampa firefighter’s 3rd DUI arrest in Pasco County could result in a 10 year driver’s license suspension, felony conviction, and 5 years in Florida State Prison.

Over the weekend, a Tampa Fire Rescue firefighter was arrested for DUI in Holiday, Pasco County.  This was allegedly his 3rd DUI arrest with priors in 2001 and 2012.  If that is true, if convicted of DUI, there would be a 10 year driver’s license suspensio... Read more

Important information to know about DUI’s, DUI officers, and much more

DUI - IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW! You have 10 DAYS, from the date of your arrest, to request a Formal Review or, for 1st time DUI offenders, waive the Formal Review and obtain a hardship license for the entire administrative suspension time, The Nation... Read more

NFL player arrested for DUI over the July 4th holiday weekend. DUI arrest is possibly driving under the influence of drugs case (DUID).

NFL player Josh Gordon arrested for DUI over 4th of July weekend.  He also was ticketed for speeding for allegedly going 50 mph in a 35 mph zone.  There was no other information about the reason for the stop such as whether he was swerving, weaving, or had a... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court rules cell phones cannot be searched by police without first obtaining a search warrant.

A major victory for citizens’ privacy interests today as the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled law enforcement cannot search an arrested person’s cell phone without first obtaining a search warrant.  While the court recognized the need to investigate c... Read more

What Does Federal Criminal Law Ensure for Every Jurisdiction?

Every state and the District of Columbia has its own criminal procedure codes. However, each of these jurisdictions must act in compliance with the U.S. Constitution.Each state's rules and regulations on criminal procedure codes are predicated on the Feder... Read more

Brevard County Judge John Murphy allegedly gets into a fistfight with assistant public defender, but why?

The story about Brevard County Judge John Murphy is all over social media recently.  The judge allegedly got into an argument with an assistant public defender during court proceedings which resulted in the judge punching the PD off camera.  The video can be... Read more

Judge Sheehan of Hillsborough County Reprimanded by Florida Supreme Court for DUI arrest.

The Tampa Tribune was reporting today that Judge Sheehan of Hillsborough County will be reprimanded for her DUI arrest last year.  This will probably be in the form of a written public reprimand.  I had blogged about the arrest when it first happened.  The ... Read more

Three Florida Men Arrested for Promoting Obscenity at Polk County Nightclub

Where is the line when promoting live obscene shows in a bar? Three Florida men were arrested for promoting obscenity at a Polk County nightclub.The arrests were made because law enforcement described the bar’s activities as a “violent public nuisance.... Read more

Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death arrest made in weekend Tampa accident. How serious is this 1st degree felony? Very!

On Friday a fatal hit and run accident occurred in Tampa.  All police reports refer to "accidents" as "crashes" to inflate the public and eventually jury's attitude in these tragic cases.  While there are cases where someone leaves on purpose, many times the... Read more

Tampa Bay Lightning player Ryan Malone arrested for DUI and felony possession of cocaine.

Tampa Bay Lightning hockey player Ryan Malone was arrested for DUI and possession of cocaine early this morning.  The incident allegedly happened in South Tampa.These are very serious charges as a DUI carries a number of penalties and can affect your empl... Read more

Driver arrested in Florida “tailgating” viral video caught on cell phone video camera that resulted in an accident.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers made an arrest in the Florida driving case that went viral this week.  News stations, morning news shows, and Facebook were all showing the video of a driver allegedly tailgating another vehicle.  The driver of the vehicle in ... Read more

Aggravated felony Domestic Violence arrest warrant issued for NFL Buccaneer Mike Williams’ brother for allegedly stabbing the wide receiver.

Another day, another criminal story about an NFL football player.  This time the Buc's Mike Williams is allegedly the victim of a domestic violence dispute at his home.  There are multiple witnesses to the incident, but it allegedly involved horseplay betwee... Read more

Family Physician Arrested for Alleged Underage Sexual Crimes

Dr. Brian Lee, an Escambia, Florida family physician, has been arrested for employing a two-way device to expedite the commission of a felony and for traveling to meet a juvenile for sex.Lee's arrest followed a long investigation into his online life and p... Read more

In Florida, Domestic Violence Charges Cannot Be Sealed or Expunged

Anyone with domestic violence charges on record may not have his or her criminal record expunged or sealed in Florida. In Florida, the working definition of domestic violence refers to any criminal offense that causes physical injury to, or the death of, a fa... Read more

Justin Bieber’s Florida DUI arrest in the news again

Justin Bieber's attorney, Roy Black, has filed a motion to block the release of the jail video after his arrest for DUI and drag racing.  Various newspaper organizations have been making Public Record Requests for the video.  The video in Bieber's case would... Read more

Tampa Bay Buc player arrested for possession of cannabis

Akeem Spence of the Tampa Bay Bucs was arrested in Alabama for possession of marijuana.  He was allegedly pulled over for speeding and eventually the troopers conducted a canine (K-9) search of the vehicle.  The drug sniffing dogs allegedly alerted to the pr... Read more

DUI with 0.19 blow goes to jury trial in Winter Haven

I recently tried a DUI case where my client was alleged to have a breath alcohol level of 0.192 and 0.192. The legal limit in Florida is only 0.08 so that is almost 2 1/2 times the legal limit.  To learn the jury's verdict click here:http://www.flcrimedef... Read more

Is it Legal for Police to Lure Drug Dealers Into Buying Drugs?

Usually, people think it is fine to do whatever is needed to catch “the bad guys”. However, lest we forget, those bad guys have rights.Sunrise, Florida is the scene of a recent story about the nearly unprecedented lengths to which police will go to cat... Read more

Lakeland Police DUI unit in the news again. Arrest outside LPD’s jurisdiction.

Today, another story was brought out in the Lakeland Ledger.  Sgt. Lloyd resigned today.  He was involved with my DUI case where I discovered blank DUI reports being sworn to as a regular practice at LPD.  This resulted in over 40 Lakeland DUI cases being d... Read more

Florida criminal statute 843.19 Offenses against police dogs, fire dogs, SAR dogs, or police horses

Florida Gator football player Antonio Morrison was arrested this weekend for "harassing" a police dog and resisting arrest without violence.  This was his second arrest in a month.  The other was for battery, which is a crime of violence, and he was allowed ... Read more

Refusing to submit to a breath test can be a separate criminal offense in Florida

Many Floridians do not realize that refusing to take a breathalyzer test is considered a separate criminal offense. It is not a DUI defense.It may come as a shock to Florida drivers who are stopped for suspicion of driving while under the influence (DUI), ... Read more

Difference Between Adjudicated Guilty and Withhold Adjudication for Sealing and Expunging Arrest

Adjudicated Guilt in Florida Explained General Adjudication of Guilt vs. Withholding GuiltDuring the sentencing phase of a criminal trial the judge has the option of adjudicating a person guilty or withholding adjudication (withholding guilt).  This tran... Read more

Criminal Attorney Polk County teaches at Bail Bond Education Providers of Florida

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of teaching future bail bondsmen about the criminal court process.  In order to become a licensed bondsman in the State of Florida, you must undergo an education process on all facets of the bonding business.  Bail Bond Educatio... Read more

Expunge your Domestic Violence arrest for background checks

Problems finding a job or renting a place to live? Need to get an arrest off your record because you are licensed by the State of Florida? Nurses, teachers, attorneys, dentists, LPNs, etc. need to expunge their arrests.  Retain a lawyer to expunge or seal y... Read more

Man’s Behaviors Causes Attorneys to Seek Release from Case

A man traveling ninety miles an hour on his motorcycle was apprehended by deputies and charged with driving under the influence. His blood-alcohol content was .167, according to reports. Upon being apprehended, the man allegedly resisted officers, cursed and e... Read more