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Broward County aims to reduce teenager arrests


For too many kids, a juvenile arrest is the first step toward becoming a repeat offender and eventually encountering the adult criminal justice system. Now Broward County law enforcement agencies are taking concrete steps to reverse that trend. The County has initiated a civil citation system for juveniles that will eliminate arrests for a number of nonviolent misdemeanors.

Broward County aims to reduce teenager arrests

For too many kids, a juvenile arrest is the first step toward becoming a repeat offender and eventually encountering the adult criminal justice system. Now Broward County law enforcement agencies are taking concrete steps to reverse that trend. The County has initiated a civil citation system for juveniles that will eliminate arrests for a number of nonviolent misdemeanors.

Prosecutors' math error leads to dismissal of theft charges


In Florida, a theft charge conviction can result in a prison sentence, fines and restitution. In addition, the collateral consequences can include loss of employment, a criminal record and serious damage to one's reputation. These far reaching consequences were a possibility for a physician in neighboring Alabama recently. But fortunately for him, the prosecution voluntarily moved to dismiss the case - due to a mathematical error.

Prosecutors' math error leads to dismissal of theft charges

In Florida, a theft charge conviction can result in a prison sentence, fines and restitution. In addition, the collateral consequences can include loss of employment, a criminal record and serious damage to one's reputation. These far reaching consequences were a possibility for a physician in neighboring Alabama recently. But fortunately for him, the prosecution voluntarily moved to dismiss the case - due to a mathematical error.

Jupiter man found not guilty in retrial for manslaughter


Sometimes justice is delayed. But thanks to some tenacious defense lawyers, in the end justice was not denied to a 25-year-old Jupiter, Florida man who was recently released from prison after serving six years of a 25-year sentence for manslaughter and burglary with battery. The man's defense team was successful in getting his convictions reversed on appeal, and getting him a retrial. At the retrial, which lasted two weeks in a Palm Beach County courtroom, the jury deliberated for only two hours before finding him not guilty.

Jupiter man found not guilty in retrial for manslaughter

Sometimes justice is delayed. But thanks to some tenacious defense lawyers, in the end justice was not denied to a 25-year-old Jupiter, Florida man who was recently released from prison after serving six years of a 25-year sentence for manslaughter and burglary with battery. The man's defense team was successful in getting his convictions reversed on appeal, and getting him a retrial. At the retrial, which lasted two weeks in a Palm Beach County courtroom, the jury deliberated for only two hours before finding him not guilty.

Florida trooper accused of theft


A conviction on theft charges can have far reaching consequences. In addition to a possible prison sentence and restitution, the person convicted stands to lose their employment and any professional licenses. These are the serious consequences that could be in store for a Florida state trooper who was recently arrested on theft charges in Palm Beach County, if he is convicted. In fact, even though he is currently free on bail and is presumed innocent until proven guilty, he has already been dismissed from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Florida trooper accused of theft

A conviction on theft charges can have far reaching consequences. In addition to a possible prison sentence and restitution, the person convicted stands to lose their employment and any professional licenses. These are the serious consequences that could be in store for a Florida state trooper who was recently arrested on theft charges in Palm Beach County, if he is convicted. In fact, even though he is currently free on bail and is presumed innocent until proven guilty, he has already been dismissed from the Florida Highway Patrol.

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