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The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor

If you or your child have been charged with a juvenile crime in Florida, you may be wondering what exactly the charges mean. Confusing terms can make a stressful situation worse when you are trying to understand what will happen in the future. We at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey not only work to fight for your rights in court, but also to enlighten you about the complex legal terms that may be used in your case.

 

Police: Body cam shows former cop stealing as he makes arrests

Fort Myers racing fans have for years made the nearly 5-hour trek northeast to visit the Daytona International Speedway in Volusia County. A former county sheriff's deputy there is hoping to pull away from allegations that his own body camera shows him stealing money from men he arrested.

The former Volusia County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with multiple felonies, including grand theft and official misconduct. Each of the 5 felonies he faces is punishable by up to 5 years in a Florida prison. John Braman, 34, is also charged with two counts of petty theft.

Another Tiger Woods DUI video released

He stands there as those without his global fame, his millions of dollars and his golf titles have stood there before him. A video of golf icon Tiger Woods was recently released, showing him handcuffed and humbled, taking a breathalyzer test in a county jail about two hours east of Fort Myers.

The legend had been found asleep at the wheel of his luxury auto earlier this week, law enforcement officials said. He was arrested for driving under the influence.

Hundreds of pounds of seized Spice, pot means dozens of arrests

It is about a two-hour drive straight north of Fort Myers to Hillsborough County. That is where law enforcement officials recently announced the conclusion of an investigation into alleged drug trafficking in the Tampa area.

“Operation Fall Harvest” resulted in dozens of arrests and the seizure of what an area TV station described as hundreds of pounds of marijuana, as well as synthetic marijuana known as Spice.

Florida teacher caught in alleged back-seat tryst with teen

It is about a two-hour drive east of Fort Myers to Broward County. That is where a middle school teacher was recently found in the back seat of her car with a 15-year-old former student at 2 in the morning.

The 33-year-old drama teacher was charged with sexual assault on a minor and lewd and lascivious activity on a minor. According to law enforcement officials, county deputies happened upon her vehicle just minutes after she and the teen allegedly had sex.

Florida man happily asks to be arrested for DUI

Some suspects are easier to identify than others and some arrests are easier for police officers to make than others. You can put the arrest of a 43-year-old Florida man about three hours east of Fort Myers in the easy category.

The man recently pulled his car up behind a police patrol car, got out and asked the officer if he would like to make an arrest for driving under the influence. The man was blunt with the officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation: "I'm drunk," he told the cop.

Measure calling for criminal penalties for condo violations advances to Gov. Scott

At this time last year, two news agencies published an eye-opening report detailing the findings of a joint investigation into various condominium board scandals across the Sunshine State. What was discovered -- evidence of everything from electoral fraud to misappropriation of funds -- served to ignite something of a firestorm.

Indeed, a grand jury in Miami-Dade County published a report this past February confirming these findings and making a number of significant recommendations, including making changes to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which is tasked with enforcement of condo violations, and amendments to Chapter 718 of the Florida Statues, which addresses condo regulation.

Florida drug crimes suspects arrested in predawn raids

According to Fort Myers law enforcement officials and others, police often serve warrants early in the morning because most people are asleep then. It makes it easier for officers to make arrests when suspects are sleepy. Officials find that in predawn raids, there is typically less resistance than in operations carried out later in the day.

That might well be why authorities recently carried out a predawn operation far north of us. Officials in the Jacksonville area said that the purpose of Operation Gator Bait was to arrest 16 Putnam County people suspected of drug trafficking crimes.

What to do if your child has been arrested

No parent wants to receive that dreaded phone call from the police informing them that their child has been arrested. It seems like the end of the world. Moreover, you may conclude that your child has ruined their life, and that all of your hard work in raising them has been for naught.

So cry, get angry, vent. That’s normal. However, after you have collected yourself, there are some definite things you can do to help your child and work toward a positive outcome of what is, admittedly, an unpleasant situation for everyone. What can you do?

Former Florida State Park Director facing DUI

The former Florida State Park Director is keeping a rapid pace. Lisa Edgar resigned her job as head of the state’s park service less than two months after taking the position, and now, less than two months after her resignation, has found herself charged with drinking and driving.

The former director also served as a Public Service Commission member and deputy secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She is charged with DUI and property damage after her recent arrest far north of Fort Myers in Leon County.

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