Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Last February in Florida, a case of a robbery involving BB guns seemed to be an easy win for the prosecutors. However, according to The Washington Post, “[B]efore trial, his defense team detected investigators’ use of a secret surveillance tool, one that raises significant privacy concerns.” This led to the state judge offering the accused a plea bargain and ended up serving six months’ probation instead of two years. An experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney can do the same thing for their clients. The secret surveillance tool in question is a cell-tower simulator sometimes called a StingRay. It is used to pinpoint a suspect’s location by gathering signals from their cellphone and works by forcing cellphones in its area to register with it, then transmits the phone numbers and unique electronic serial numbers to the StingRay. The phone does not even have to be in use for this to work.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Advances in technology have allowed improvements to your quality of life. On the contrary though, it may lead to devices that impinge upon your constitutional right to privacy, such as deployment of the StingRay cellphone triangulation system. You must have an experienced Fort Lauderdale criminal attorney in your corner.
In legal terms, invasion of privacy is the intrusion into the personal life of another without just cause. In the case of the surveillance tool StingRay, if it used without the sanction by law enforcement, then whoever is using it can be charged with an invasion of privacy offense.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Two Louisiana high school teachers were sent to jail last October 2014 after being charged with felony charges of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, and indecent behavior with a juvenile. According to Jefferson Parish authorities, the two teachers—Shelley S. Dufresne and Rachel Respess—met with a Destrehan High School student after a September 12th football game, then drove to Respess’ apartment where the three had sex until the early morning hours of the next day. The attorney representing Respess says that she maintains her innocence throughout the proceedings.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Work with a Fort Lauderdale Lawyer for Representation Regarding Charges with Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Marissa Alexander is a mother of three. In July 2010, Marissa fired a “warning shot” at her estranged husband, Rico Gray, who had a history of domestic violence. Despite causing no injuries and having no criminal record, Marissa was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. During the trial, Marissa pleaded self-defense and rejected a three-year plea bargain. The jury in her case convicted her of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with no intent to harm. Due to Florida’s mandatory minimum sentence law, Marissa’s sentence was set at 20 years.
The home is often seen as a place of love and caring; however, some differences and certain circumstances become the precursor of things spinning out of control.
In the state of Florida, domestic violence is defined as any criminal offense that resulted in injury or death, committed by one household member against another. The term “household or family member” may refer to persons with blood relations or related by marriage, current or former spouses, people residing together as a family, and couples with a common child. To protect victims from the abuser, temporary injunctions or restraining orders are issued by the judge even without the presence of the liable party.