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September 2013 Archives

Parents Beware of Your Kids on Halloween Horror Nights

Halloween Horror Nights LogoHalloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is an amazing experience for parents and kids alike. Between September and November, Universal transforms itself at night into a land of haunted houses, crazy street experiences and some excellent shows. Tons of teenagers and young college kids love going to this event and it truly is a unique experience. On the other hand, over the years some kids and young adults have gotten out of control or have broken laws and have been arrested for theft, or trespass without warning.

Congress Contemplates Reform of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing

We have previously discussed why lengthy incarceration terms for low-level offenders do not generally benefit either public safety or the pocketbooks of the nation's taxpayers. Especially for first-time offenders of low-level and non-violent crimes, lengthy terms of incarceration can do individuals, families and society as a whole far more ill than good.

Sex Crime or Misconstrued Intentions?

On September 17, 2013 two 17-year-old boys were charged with off-campus sex crimes against female students in California just outside of Los Angeles. All of the female victims were minors younger than the age of 17 and attend the same high school as the two boys. One boy appeared in Juvenile Court on Tuesday September 16, 2013 and faced sex-related charges with six female victims. Authorities would not disclose any information about his charges other than at least one charge is classified as a serious or violent felony. The other boy faced two counts of rape by force of fear, two counts of lewd acts on a child under age 14, three counts of false imprisonment, and one count of dissuading a witness, who was one of the alleged rape victims. The allegations against the clients are that each boy had consensual sex with another minor.

George Zimmerman's Domestic Incident Warrants no Charge

After a domestic incident at George Zimmerman's home in Lake Mary, Florida, no charges have been filed against him. The domestic incident in questions is in regards to an event that took place with his wife and her dad. The primary reason that there are no charges is that his wife has states that she does not want to prosecute her husband; the decision came after she discussed the issue with her attorney. The domestic incident that took place has George Zimmerman's wife claiming he threatened her and her dad with a firearm. After the incident, she called 911 and police were quick to arrive at the scene. Once there, the police did not arrest George. Instead, they asked him a few questions about what had just transpired. As of right now, it is undetermined as to whether or not George actually threatened his wife and father-in-law with a gun. However, even George's attorney has stated that he believes a gun was in his possession at the time. 

Florida Gambling Laws Set to Renovation

casino chipsLately, there has been discussions about reforming the gambling laws in Florida. In fact, it is only a matter of time that new policies will be implemented regarding how racetracks and jai alai frontons are operated. As they stand right now, the current laws are hard to understand and do not contain clear definitions on standards. Thus, the upcoming rewriting process will help to bring clarification to those laws. This announcement comes on the heels of the discussions that will take place next year about gambling issues. The topics expected to be debated include the proliferation of slot machines and passing laws that make it acceptable for high-end resort casinos to be built in the state; particularly South Florida. Before those debates take place, there will be several workshops where anyone can come in and talks about their concerns for these issues. They are expected to take place between the months of October and November. 

Speeding at a Glance

Citizens of Florida are not allowed to operate their motor vehicles at a speed that is greater than what is reasonable, given the current and potential conditions and hazards. There are statutory speed limits for specific roads: 70 MPH for highways, 55 MPH in all other instances, and 30 MPH for business and residence districts. Doing so is a violation of Florida's traffic law, and will resolve in a speeding ticket and a fine. The amount of the fine in a non-adjudicated case, ranging from $25 to $250 is dependent on the extent of the violation, i.e. how much you were going over the speed limit. In an adjudicated case, where you are likely challenging the speeding ticket, the fine cannot be more than $500, unless you were caught speeding in a school or construction zone.

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