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Month: June 2012

Not All Criminal Arrests Go Down This Way

(Picture from Volusia County Sheriff’s Department) Kelsey Smith knows all about blood, spit, toil, and tears. Who is Kelsey Smith? Kelsey Smith is and shall forever be the stuff of DUI legend, and not in a good way. There are many opinions and ideas about the best way to conduct one’s self if you have …

What If Florida Decriminalized DUI?

On Thursday, June 14th 2012, the California State Senate voted in favor of a measure that would allow people convicted of low level misdemeanors to reduce their jail time through more alternative methods than previously allowed, according to the LA Times. Image Source: www.yumaaz.gov The law, officially labeled AB 2127, passed 21-14, with opposition by Republicans …

Only 7.5 Percent of Orlando Squad Cars Will Have Cameras

Eyewitness testimony is not always available when a person is stopped for a DUI. When the person charged with the DUI appears in court, the arresting officer’s testimony is given more credence than theirs. Without corroborating evidence, such as a video tape of the incident, the charged often faces hefty fines or jail time. Installing …

Orange County Red Light Expansion Through Skepticism

A few months ago, we explored the possibility that red light cameras were being questioned for their constitutional merit. Lawyers in central Florida have been aggressively fighting, and winning, red light camera violations consistently since they were first commissioned. Most of these cameras were snapping pictures of cars supposedly passing through red lights, regardless of legitimate right …

Major Drug Ring Intercepted By DEA

Anyone who lives in Orlando, Florida knows the community shares strong ties with Puerto Rico. Maybe those ties are too strong. On June 6th, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it broke up a drug ring headquartered in Puerto Rico that distributed out of San Juan’s Luis Munoz Marin airport into the mainland United States. …

Task Force Focuses on Brevard County Safety

The task force, “Game Over Task Force,” consists of city, state and federal agencies working together to promote the safety of Central Florida residents. As of June 1, 2012, they had initiated the arrests of more than 700 violent and dangerous criminals. A typical day for task force members might include the surveillance of residential …

Cocoa Beach Recruits New Part-time Law Enforcement on Beaches

Brevard County has recently adopted a new program within their law enforcement of their beaches, which may or may not be indicative of how other beaches around America could handle minor law infractions. To handle the huge crowds that go to Cocoa Beach, the county has hired eight part-timers to enforce minor infractions like drinking …

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