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April 2012 Archives

Underage Drunk Driver finds Drive-Thru to Be Front Entrance of Steak 'n Shake

The late night workers at a Winter Park, FL Steak 'n Shake were startled when an SUV operated by 20 year-old Brittany Christian came crashing through the front door of the restaurant. The accident happened at 1:21 a.m. on April 26, 2012 when, According to police, Brittany lost control of her vehicle. 

Hand Sanitizer Becoming Teenage Party Drink of Choice

Six teens have recently appeared in two different Los Angeles emergency roomsbottle of hand sanitizer for drinking in the past few months after they got alcohol poisoning from drinking distilled hand sanitizer. Public health officers are worried about the cases and fear a growing trend in the use of hand sanitizer to get drunk. The teens are using innovative methods to distill the hand sanitizer. Adding salt will separate the alcohol and create a drink that is over 100 proof. So far there have only been a few isolated occurrences of teens arriving in the emergency room after drinking hand sanitizer, but officials are worried that it could become part of a larger problem. Hand sanitizers are cheap and relatively easy for teens to access. The Internet has plenty of distillation instructions that be used to create a toxic brew. 

Can You Legally Celebrate 4/20 in Florida?

Cannabis culture observes the dates April 20 as a countercultural holiday. This holiday revolves around celebrating with the consumption of cannabis. Most of the celebration is "officially" done in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, which is located near the Haight-Ashbury district. Another very popular site for cannabis culture followers is the University of Colorado's Boulder campus. Cannabis culture originated from a group of teenagers in San Rafael, California in 1971. Their mission was to find cannabis plants that had been abandoned in the area. A plan was set out meeting acts a specific statue which was located on the property of San Rafael High School at approximately 4:20 PM. The teenagers never found the abandoned cannabis plants, even though they made many attempts. Ultimately their plan was shortened to being called simply 4/20. Eventually this evolved into a secret word that teenagers continue to use which referred to the acts of pot-smoking. Unfortunately, individuals that choose to observe this cannabis culture holiday fail to understand that trafficking, intent to sell, and use of marijuana in Orlando is illegal, even on 4/20.

Pros and Cons of a DUI Checkpoint

Individuals that are facing criminal charges that are the result of a sobriety checkpoint should understand that you may still have a case. Not all law enforcement administered checkpoints are set up in a manner that is in keeping with your constitutional rights.  What are the Pros of a Sobriety Checkpoint?
In an effort of fairness, sobriety checkpoints do serve a purpose. Many Americans have sustained major injuries or, worse yet, death resulting from DUI related motor vehicle accidents. Many people will argue that the arrests that result from checkpoints serve as a deterrent to drunk drivers and justify the intrusiveness of the stops. In addition, the money that is used for sobriety checkpoints often comes from grants, instead of tax dollars.

George Zimmerman in Custody

George Zimmerman has been taken into custody and now faces charges ofzahra umansky on cnnsecond-degree murder for the shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin. Criminal charges were announced on Wednesday, April 11. Zimmerman is now being represented by Mark O'Mara, an Orlando criminal defense attorney, after the resignation of his two former Orlando lawyers the previous day. Zimmerman claims he was acting in self defense when he shot the unarmed teenager, citing the Stand your Ground law that asserts one may act in self defense when in adequate danger. Our own Zahra Umansky has been speaking about the event on many different news stations.

How Many DUIs Are Actually Alcohol-Related?

When people think of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), drunk driving is what usually comes to mind. In fact, a DUI charge can happen anytime a person's ability to drive a vehicle (automobiles, boats, aircraft, motorcycles) is impaired due to consumption of prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs as well. 

Former Lightweight Boxing Champion Charged with Child Abuse

Hector "Macho" Camacho, 49, a former lightweight boxing champion from the 1980s, camacho poses outsideturned himself into the police on Monday, April 2, 2012. He was charged with child abuse by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office out of Orlando, Florida. 

Erving Walker Resists Arrest After Stealing $3.00 Taco

Erving Walker has been well known for his career as a guard for the Florida picture of delicious tacoBasketball team, the Gators. However, he has made a new name for himself, one not in such a positive light with a criminal record. Walker has been charged with petty theft and for resisting arrest for stealing a $3.00 taco from a street vender. In a foolish prank, according to Walker, where he was just playing around, he may have serious fines and penalties.

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