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October 8, 2014

Magnate del Polo a la espera de nuevo juicio

El multimillonario de Texas, John B. Goodman, se encuentra todavía en las primeras fases de su segundo juicio, pautado para el 3 de Marzo, por la muerte en Febrero de 2010 de Scott Williams, un estudiante universitario de 23 años. Goodman fue declarado culpable de homicidio involuntario por DUI y homicidio vehicular en el 2012 y sentenciado a 16 años de prisión y una multa de $ 10.000. Sin embargo, la sentencia fue posteriormente revocada por el Juez Colbath debido a que un miembro del jurado no dio a conocer a la corte que su ex mujer había sido detenida en una oportunidad por conducir bajo la influencia (DUI) – mala conducta del jurado. Goodman fue puesto en libertad con una fianza de $ 7 millones y ha estado desde entonces bajo arresto domiciliario.

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Los fiscales afirman que el día del accidente, Goodman estaba conduciendo su Bentley ebrio y procedió a ignorar la señal de Pare, lo que causo una colisión contra el auto de Scott Williams, empujando el mismo hacia un canal, donde el estudiante murió ahogado. De acuerdo con la policía, Goodman huyó de la escena del crimen.

El proceso de selección del jurado comenzó el lunes en Tampa. Una vez seleccionado el nuevo jurado, viajarán a Palm Beach para el nuevo juicio.

“Estamos listos para el juicio”, dijo el Fiscal General Asistente del Estado Alan Johnson después de la audiencia del viernes. “Queremos concluir este asunto. ”

El Juez Colbath también anunció durante una de las audiencias que el jurado tendrá la oportunidad de escuchar la evidencia acerca de la sangre extraída de Goodman dos horas después del accidente. Según los investigadores, su nivel de alcohol en la sangre estaba muy por encima del límite legal en la Florida. Los abogados defensores de Goodman inicialmente trataron de que esta pieza de evidencia fuese retirada alegando que violaba su cuarta enmienda por falta de una orden de registro, sin embargo, el juez lo rechazo.

La fiscalía está buscando una segunda condena, mientras que el equipo de la defensa está buscando que el Juez Colbath sobresee el caso debido a cuestiones relacionadas con la evidencia.

En Florida, si una persona que conducía bajo la influencia del alcohol o cualquier otra sustancia controlada provoca un accidente que causa la muerte de un individuo, la persona conduciendo puede ser acusada de homicidio involuntario por DUI. Este es un delito muy grave en la Florida, y puede acarrear una condena de hasta 15 años de prisión y/o una multa de $ 10,000. Más aún, si la persona que provocó el accidente huye de la escena del crimen sin reportarlo a las autoridades correspondientes o no trata ofrecer algún tipo de ayuda, se convierte en un delito grave de 1er grado, punible con una multa de hasta $ 10,000 y / o 30 años de prisión.

Este no es un cargo que debe ser tomado a la ligera, ya que tiene el potencial de cambiar su vida en un abrir y cerrar de ojos. Usted quiere contratar el mejor equipo legal que hay que evaluará las circunstancias de sus cargos y el accidente y le dará el mejor asesoramiento jurídico y opciones de defensa disponibles. En Finebloom, Haenel y Higgins, nuestros abogados calificados están listos para luchar por su caso. Si usted o alguien cercano a usted ha sido acusado de homicidio involuntario vehicular u homicidio vehicular por DUI, llámenos hoy para una consulta gratis. ¡No espere ni un minuto más!

October 8, 2014

Polo tycoon on to round two on DUI manslaughter charges

untitledTexas billionaire, John B. Goodman, is still in the early stages of his second trial, which is set for March 3, for the death of 23 year old college student, Scott Williams on February 2010. Goodman was convicted of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide back in 2012, and sentenced on May 3 to 16 years in prison and a fine of $10,000. However, the sentence was later overturned by Judge Colbath because a juror failed to notify the court that his ex-wife had once been arrested for a DUI – juror misconduct. Goodman was released on a $7 million bail and has since been on house arrest.

Prosecutors state that Goodman was driving his Bentley while intoxicated and proceeded to ran a stop sign, crashing into Scott Williams’s car and pushing it towards a canal, where shortly after he drowned. According to police reports, Goodman fled the scene of the crime.

Jury selection began on Monday in Tampa. Once the selection process has concluded, jurors will travel to Palm Beach for the retrial.

Judge Colbath also announced during one of the hearings that the jury will get to hear evidence about blood drawn from Goodman after the crash. According to investigators, the level of alcohol in his blood was well above the legal limit in Florida. Goodman’s defense attorneys initially tried to get this piece of evidence thrown out alleging it violated his Fourth Amendment for lack of a search warrant, but were unsuccessful.

Prosecutors are seeking a second conviction after two years from the first sentencing, while the defense team is looking for Judge Colbath to throw out the case before trial based on evidence-related issues.

In Florida, if a person driving under the influence of alcohol or any other controlled substances causes an accident in which another individual (s) is killed, the person driving can be charged with DUI Manslaughter. This is a very serious crime that can be punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Additionally, if the individual leaves the scene of the crime without reporting it to the proper authorities or does not try to render any help, it becomes a 1st degree felony, punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or 30 years in prison.

This is not a charge that should be taken lightly because it has the potential to change your life in a blink of an eye. You want to hire the best legal team out there that will evaluate the circumstances of your charges and the accident and give you the best legal advice and defense options available. At Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, our qualified attorneys are ready to fight for your case. If you or someone close to you has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, DUI manslaughter or vehicular homicide, call us today for a free consult! Don’t wait another minute!

October 7, 2014

Michael Phelps turns to professional help

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Our favorite Olympic swimmer, who was caught doing 84 MPH in a 45 MPH zone last week, has announced to his fans that he will be entering a six-week treatment program as a result of his recent DUI charge in Baltimore. In his statement he elaborated on the fact that focusing on himself is his top priority and that this program will allow him to do just that. Phelps agent, however, did not specify as to whether he would receive treatment for alcohol abuse. Phelps is still scheduled to appear in Baltimore District Court for trial on November 19.

His actions have already caught up to him after just a week from the incident. USA Swimming has suspended Phelps for six months for violations of their code of conduct. This is his second suspension – the first one was in 2009 for three months after being photographed with a marijuana pipe. The suspension does not take him out of the mayor meets; however, the most detrimental news to his career so far is that he is unable to compete at next summer´s FINA World Championship in Russia, the preparatory meet for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Supporters and friends of Phelps are proud and pleased that he is addressing the problem and taking the proper steps, like seeking professional help, in order to effectively take care of it once and for all.

“We fully support Michael’s decision to place his health and well-being as the number one priority,” USA Swimming Executive Director Chuck Wielgus said in a statement. “His self-recognition and commitment to get help exhibit how serious he is to learn from this experience.”

Getting charged with a DUI in Florida or in any other state can be a frightening situation if you are not sure what to expect or how serious the charges and/or the penalties are. If you are ever arrested, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible and find a lawyer that will give you the best defense options and will fight for your case.

A first DUI offense in Florida is considered a misdemeanor and can result in a term of probation; a fine ranging from $500 – $1000 (depending on the facts and the level of the breath sample); community service hours; a vehicle impound; DUI School/Alcohol Evaluation and Treatment; court costs; possible jail time (depending on the severity of the offense); possibility of installment of an Ignition Interlock device, and a Driver’s License Revocation (depending on the level of breath sample) – minimum 180 days revocation, maximum 1 year (must complete DUI school before hardship reinstatement.)

A second DUI offense is still considered a misdemeanor in Florida, unless it resulted in serious bodily injury to another, in which case it would be charged as a felony. Penalties for a second DUI include a fine, no less than $1,000, or more than $2,000; jail time; court costs; DUI School. If the second conviction is within 5 years, mandatory imprisonment of at least 10 days; installation of an Ignition Interlock device (mandatory), and a 5 year Driver’s License Revocation (eligible for hardship reinstatement after 1 year – must complete DUI school). A third, fourth, fifth or more DUI conviction will result in harsher penalties.

If you, a friend or a loved one is ever charged with an alcohol- related offense, call Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins and talk to one of our highly experienced DUI Defense Attorneys. They are available all day and are ready to give you the best advice as to your options and help you cope with this difficult situation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 3, 2014

Celebrities are not exempt from the law

This week, disappointing news reached Michael Phelps’ fans and the rest of the world as media stations began broadcasting the Olympic swimmer’s most recent run in with the law. Phelps, 29, who is no stranger to the legal system, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed (84/45), and crossing double-lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore on Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

phelps“Earlier this morning, I was arrested and charged with DUI, excessive speeding and crossing double lane lines,” Phelps said in the statement. “I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”- Michael Phelps, 2014

He was right about not meaning much right now considering this is his second DUI charge within 10 years, his first one was back in 2004, and from the looks of it one time just wasn’t enough for him. I have a friend and she loves to say that you can never make the same mistake twice, because the second time you make it, it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice. If that’s the case, Phelps definitely made the wrong choice of driving his 2014 Land Rover under unfavorable circumstances on that Tuesday morning, and could now be facing harsher penalties, both legal (administrative and criminal) and professional, than in the past.

Let us hope something positive rises from all this. It is something that our most loved family, friends and colleagues can go through because after all, we are not perfect, just human.

If you ever find yourself in trouble with a similar charge or other, count on us, Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins to help you resolve your legal issue(s). We are available at all hours of the day and we are ready to fight your case and get you through this!

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October 3, 2014

DUI Arrests In Orlando On The Rise

Sergeant Brad Roberts of the DUI unit complains of nonstop DUI arrests plaguing central Florida night after night. As DUI supervisor he claims his crew of arresting officials is overloaded with battling sobriety behind the wheel, or rather a dui arrests in orlando florida on the riselack thereof. It isn’t just driving under the influence that has caught Roberts’ undivided attention. Since last year, he claims traffic violations in general have increased by approximately 20%. With public safety being at the heart of his concern, Roberts is manning a campaign against driving under the influence and the main target appears to be the University of Central Florida.

Do Students Need More Driving Education?

UCF Police Chief Richard Beary, a law enforcement official who has already made approximately 70 arrests related to DUI claims students need to educate themselves on staying sober or they will be forced to learn the lesson the hard way. He made it a point to mention the numerous consequences that can occur as a result of a DUI. Consequences that heavily outweigh being convicted of a crime or having a criminal record that could follow you around for years. He explained the risks a driver under the influence is taking when they crank the ignition and cited the casualties and injuries that can happen as a result. He went on to urge parents to educate their college aged children about the importance of obeying the laws of traffic, specifically as they relate to DUI.

Sergeant Brad Roberts chimed in, agreeing whole heartedly with his coworker and making a statement that truly paints a picture of the horrors DUI officers face on a daily basis. “When you roll up and see these dead college kids, those drivers responsible are not the ones having to tell these parents your baby’s dead. It’s us at law enforcement.”

What the Numbers Say about DUI’s in Florida

Mothers Against Drunk Driving released statistics from 2011 depicting a whopping 716 DUI deaths in Florida. This number falls just below California and Texas who rank highest with Texas sustaining approximately 1,213 deaths and California coming in second with 774 approximated DUI deaths. Interestingly enough, Florida numbers increased between 2010 and 2011, spiking up from 678 DUI deaths in 2010 to the number listed above. On the other hand, the nation as a whole witnessed a marginal drop during that time frame just a few years back.

In sheer numbers alone, Florida fairs poorly when compared to other states, with Orange County holding the record for most DUI arrests in 2013 and Brevard County holding the record for most DUI arrests when compared to population. While the arrests continue to increase, the DUI fatalities appear to do the same, making the job of a DUI officer disheartening at best, especially considering the fact that DUI officers aren’t offered bonuses for making such arrests. Their incentive is simply to clear the road of drunk drivers but maybe an alternative education would  be a better utilization of their available resources.

Is It Possible to be Falsely Accused of DUI?

Absolutely. Even in this day and age, mistakes happen all the time. Faulty DUI testing equipment and/or incorrect field test results can make an innocent driver appear guilty of taking the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is particularly true for college students who are already in an area that is being heavily patrolled. Faulty DUI results could occur because a driver is jetlagged, fatigued or simply nervous. While the possibility of endangering lives is terrifying in and of itself, the possibility of being falsely convicted of a DUI is nothing to be taken lightly either. A DUI conviction can lead to debt as a result of lost wages or missed employment opportunities. From this perspective, college students should take the time to educate themselves both on driving responsibly and understanding their rights on the road.

September 29, 2014

Sarasota County Bus Driver Arrested in Prostitution Sting While On Duty

In Sarasota, Florida, a public bus driver is picking up a lot more than passengers. 43 year old Rodrigue Macharie was caught in a police sting operation at 9:45 Thursday morning. Macharie was driving the county SCAT vehicle, a transport forlawyer for soliciting a prostitute in sarasota fl special needs passengers, and solicited a young women, who turned out to be an undercover officer, running a prostitution sting operation. Macharie was arrested at U.S 41 and 42nd street, resulting in administrative leave pending investigations.

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According to Sgt. Demetri Konstantopoulos, of the Sarasota Police Department, said Macherie showed up in the county vehicle and in his county uniform. While on duty, Macherie engaged the undercover, a deal was made — $20 U.S.– and Macharie was popped for illegal solicitation of a prostitute. Showing some respect for the uniform, Macherie was not carrying passengers at the time of of the transaction. His bosses would not appear on camera, but they will be closely watching the investigation. Macharie had a spotless record before his arrest.

Police efforts to crack down on prostitution.

The police department has been cracking down on prostitution in this area. Jay Patel owns a hotel just feet away from where the sting took place. Patel has been working with the city for years to try and straighten up the area. Patel sees the future, he sees the opportunity for redevelopment, and is glad the police department is doing things to restore this city.

Two other men were arrested during the operation, 39 year old Robert Ware and 42 year old Fernando Vidal-Cabrera, both for solicitation for prostitution; Ware was also arrested for Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Paraphernalia. This is an ongoing effort between police officers and locals to get their city back on track.

What is the Florida law on prostitution?

Florida defines prostitution as “the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” There is a wide variety of acts which fall under this category. Participating in prostitution itself is unlawful, Florida also prosecutes, setting up meetings or appointments for the purpose of prostitution; along with solicitation, acts to persuade or convince another to participate in prostitution, to include the purchase of prostitution services.

There are only two defenses to prostitution; sexual activity was not conducted for hire or entrapment by an undercover police officer. Florida state laws increase the penalty for prostitution offense when there were prior offenses. The first offense is typically charged as a second degree misdemeanor, which can result in sitting in prison for up to sixty days, and possibly, a $500 fine. A third offense can result in a third degree felony and you will potentially face up to five years in prison and a the fine may increase to $5000. Now, if the person you are soliciting is under the age of 18, then there you’re looking at a second degree felony, which can result in a 15 years prison sentence and a possible fine of up to $10000. Be sure to check Florida statutes Sections 796.03-796.09

Where can one find legal help?

A little loneliness can turn into years of isolation. We all make mistakes, and this one could cost you fifteen years of your life. If you were involved in a prostitution sting, or just got caught with a prostitute, our attorneys have experience helping clients fight their charges. If you are facing serious jail time because of an arrest for a prostitution related crime, give us a call so we can discuss your case and see what potential defenses may be available to you.

August 12, 2014

To Catch a Predator Sting – Operation Guardian Angel in North Port FL

North Port Police Operation Guardian Angel – The North Port Police department working in conjunction with several other agencies arrested 11 people who were willing to and did travel to have sexual relations with a minor. internet sex crimes and traveling to meet a minor charges in sarasotaThese operations have been heavily supported but a recent investigation by News 10 revealed that some of the tactics previously employed were questionable.

The investigation revealed that many of the persons arrested were minding their own business and specifically looking for adults when they were contacted by law enforcement. The story alleges that law enforcement performs a bait and switch by advertising in adult sites then once they hook the person they switch the bait. 10 investigates found that law enforcement is now routinely making the intial contac t with men who believe they are conversing with adults only to change the age they state to be by being in an adult site.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for soliciting a minor for sexual relations or travelling to meet the minor please contact Darren Finebloom at Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins. Their are defenses available to you if these types of tactics were used. I was part of the defense team that won an acquital in Sarasota County on these exact accusations just last year. I can be reached at 941-953-2622.

November 20, 2013

George Zimmerman Arrested for Aggravated Assualt

Orlando resident George Zimmerman is in trouble once again – only months after being acquitted for the second degree murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in a gated compound near Orlando. This time, Zimmerman is accused of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief. The charge relates to an alleged attack against his girlfriend earlier this month. The aggravated assault charge is a third degree felony while the other charges are misdemeanors.

Zimmerman’s brushes with the law have been headline news most of the year, particularly the high profile trial of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman insisted that he shot the teenager in self-defense. His acquittal in July this year was met with strong public criticism from many in the black community who felt that Zimmerman had profiled the teenager by race and that his acquittal was an attack against the black community in general.

Zimmerman’s problems did not stop with the decision in his favor. His wife, who had apparently been loyal to him throughout the lead up to the murder trial, filed for divorce and then accused her husband of punching her father on the nose, destroying her iPad with a knife and attempting to threaten her and her father with a weapon. She rang 911 after the incident, but has not pressed any charges against Zimmerman. The incident is still being investigated by police.

When interviewed by the NBC during a “Today” program, Shellie Zimmerman said that despite still believing George’s innocence in the killing of Martin, she was not as convinced as before and felt that the incident earlier this month was an eye opener.

The current allegations against Zimmerman have been made by his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe. She has claimed that he locked her out of her own house after a fight. Scheibe rang 911 to say that Zimmerman had pulled a gun on her and smashed a coffee table before forcing her out of the house. Zimmerman was also reported to have rung 911 himself saying that his girlfriend was “acting crazy” and that he did not point a gun at her.

When police arrived on the scene, they were able to enter Scheibe’s rented house with a key which she provided and push past a series of blockades, after which they arrested Zimmerman who apparently did not resist.

The latest incident follows an alleged attempt to choke Samantha Scheibe by Zimmerman a week or so ago. The alleged choking was not reported to the police at the time, but was brought up by the prosecution in Zimmerman’s first court appearance this week.

Zimmerman was released on a $9,000 bail under the condition that he did not carry firearms, did not go anywhere near his girlfriend’s residence and wear a monitoring device. His next court appearance is in January next year.

The murder trial and current violence charges are not George Zimmerman’s only dealings with the law. He has apparently been in trouble in the past for a number of traffic offenses as well as having to take anger management classes after allegedly attacking an undercover police officer who was in the process of arresting his friend.

According to the judge who made the decision to release Zimmerman on bail this week, Judge Fred Schott, none of the other allegations or charges laid against him affected the decision.

Zimmerman’s defense attorneys believe that he will be acquitted of the current charges when the trial takes place next year.

One of the difficulties faced in defending George Zimmerman will be the fact that his previous trial was so controversial and his actions and personality were discussed in the media constantly in the months that led up to the trial. In Zimmerman’s favor will be the fact that domestic violence accusations like the current ones are particularly hard to prove. They often rely heavily on events that go on behind closed doors. Both the accusations by his ex wife and his girlfriend follow acrimonious arguments about separation and with emotions so highly charged it is difficult to separate fact from fiction.

December 31, 2012

How to Avoid a DUI this Holiday

With the holidays come the parties – work events, friendly gatherings, and family functions. These events naturally lend themselves to drinking, and it can be easy to lose track of consumption during such events. That’s why this time of year also poses an increased risk for DUIs (not to mention the possible need for a DUI lawyer).

Traditionally, in some states, DUI arrests double during the month of December. Those numbers exacerbate an already frightening problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that in 2010, adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times, which amounts to almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day.

And each year, about 16,000 people are killed in alcohol-related crashes. Thankfully, this number is lower than it was a couple of decades ago. However, DUIs are still a glaring concern. Not only do they indicate a significant safety risk, they hit your pocketbook hard and cause other collateral damage such as job loss.

That will quickly ruin a holiday.

Bypass the holiday ticket

So how do you keep a DUI charge at bay? The answer is simple – don’t drive when you drink. But we know the answer is not always that easy. Here are a few additional suggestions that might help.

  1. Drink within walking distance to your home. If you can, choose outings that are nearby. Or save your drinking for a neighbor’s gathering. If you don’t have to get into a car, you have no chance of a DUI.
  2. Arrive with cab money. You can always go home in a taxi if you accidentally overindulge. Place a wad of cash in your pocket or wallet that you won’t touch until it is time to go home. When you need it, you won’t need to think twice about placing the call.
  3. Choose a safe driver. Going out with friends? Have a non-drinker claim driving for the night. To show your appreciation, pay for their meal or buy them a soda or coffee at your location. Swap nights for the next time you go out or attend a party.
  4. Pair your alcoholic drinks with water. Have a drink, and then have a glass of water. Each glass of water will help slow your alcohol consumption and prepare you for a safe drive home.
  5. Make it a one-and-done night. Have one drink and switch to a non-alcoholic option after that. Plan this in advance. In the holiday season there are always great drink options to consider – non-alcoholic eggnog, spiced cider, and flavored hot chocolate are good choices.
  6. Give your keys to a trusted friend. The moment you walk into the party, pass you keys to someone who you trust to keep them from you if you don’t appear able to drive. It’s important to choose the right person for this task.
  7. Take it to the next level. If you are concerned about drinking and driving, purchase a portable breathalyzer. It’s one way to determine if you’ve crossed a line before you step foot in your vehicle.
  8. Just stay home. Bring the party to you. Offer to host the family gathering. Invite your friends to your place for the night. Just remember to take their keys if they appear to drunk to drive.

Drinking and driving is one time when it’s much better to be safe, not sorry. Simply don’t get behind the wheel. You won’t regret it. However, if you find yourself with a DUI charge, hire a good DUI lawyer quickly to determine your next steps.

November 6, 2012

Hillsborough & Orange County Sheriff’s Departments Take Part in Operation Felon Sweep

962 felons with outstanding warrants were arrested in Orange County. 806 were arrested in Polk County.  And another 30 were arrested in Hillsborough County. These numbers serve to contribute to the almost 12,000 individuals that were arrested across the state of Florida as part of the three-week,  Operation “Felon Sweep”. Comprised of 43 sheriffs’ offices across the state, the operation was an attempt to round up as many violent felons with outstanding warrants as possible.

In both Orange and Hillsborough counties, police got creative in tracking down individuals as some arrests occurred in the early morning hours at homes and apartment buildings, when an individual was exiting public transportation and even at a local bar. Of course, once the police arrested their target, they often found additional contraband. Statewide, police seized more than $400,000 in illegal cash proceeds, 30 pounds of cocaine, 900 pounds of marijuana, 6,000 prescription pills and 400 guns.

Commenting specifically on the Hillsborough County Operation Felon Sweep efforts in this operation, Col. Donna Lusczyniskyi made this statement to 10 News: “All of them in our minds are considered dangerous. One, they’ve committed felonies in the past and two, most of them don’t want to go back to jail.” In an effort to bring greater awareness to the campaign to clean up the streets, the Tampa police department allowed cameras to follow them one morning as they followed their own research to catch various local felons.

One of the obstacles the Tampa police mentioned to cameras was the difficulty in not being discovered as they moved from one address to another. Here’s a look at some more numbers from Hillsborough County:

  • 30 arrests
  • 37 warrants served
  • 50 charges

Of course, just because the operation ended does not mean that those individuals with outstanding warrants are in the clear. Especially when it comes to felonies (the most serious category of crime an individual can commit), police will continue to actively search. Even if the individuals apprehended in the sweep are ultimately found innocent of the charges alleged in the warrant, he or she will still face legal consequences for missing their court appearance or other commands issued in the warrant. Additionally, because many of the individuals are repeat offenders, they will likely deal with additional issues attached to their probation.

Operation Felon Sweep has received a considerable amount of press following the release of the numbers. That being said, law enforcement agencies often come together in small and large-scale operations to try to make a dent in specific types of crime. Perhaps it’s working. The statewide crime rate in Florida is at a 40-year low.

Getting charged with a felony offense is a very serious charge. If you have been charged with one, it is in your best interest to speak with a reputable Florida criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Finebloom & Haenel P.A. can help inform you of the options available to you. Call today for a consultation!

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