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Charges on drug crimes and other offenses follow crosswalk crash

Investigators are puzzled by the actions of a Florida driver after a pedestrian was struck in a crosswalk in Broward County last month. The driver now faces several charges for drug crimes and other offenses. Officials say the incident was recorded on surveillance cameras, and this led to the driver's surrender to authorities.

Based on the surveillance footage, the 36-year-old driver of an SUV came up to a crosswalk and noticed a pedestrian who was about to cross the street. The driver allegedly stopped to allow the pedestrian to pass, but then proceeded to do what seems not only reckless and cruel behavior but also bizarre. Officers say footage indicates that he pulled off and struck the pedestrian as he crossed in front of the vehicle.

Florida man charged with drunk driving of a golf cart

A 45-year-old man in Florida recently learned that driving while impaired is against the law regardless of the type of vehicle used. A passerby noticed a driver who appeared to be falling asleep at a red light and alerted deputies. They responded to the scene and located the driver who was suspected of drunk driving of a golf cart.

According to deputies, they received the call shortly before 8 p.m. on a recent Thursday. They allege the golf cart operator had trouble answering routine questions, such as his name, and he became defensive when questioned about his birth date and address. Furthermore, a strong smell of alcohol was detected, and deputies claim his eyes were bloodshot and watery.

How does a DUI affect your driving privileges?

The ability to drive is a convenience that impacts your life every day. Whether you commute to work in Cape Coral or need to run errands in Fort Myers, your car is the thing that gets you there. When the police charge you with a DUI, you may have to find alternate ways of getting around.

The state of Florida imposes different restrictions on first-time and repeat offenders. The leniency you face depends on your history of driving under the influence.

Google and Facebook lose millions -- wire fraud charges follow

Readers in Florida who thought scams threaten only the uninformed might be surprised to learn that even companies like Facebook and Google can be deceived by scammers -- from anywhere in the world. A man from a Baltic state was recently indicted on wire fraud charges in federal court. He pleaded guilty to defrauding the internet giants and other tech companies out of more than $100 million.

According to court documents, the defendant established a fraudulent business behind an email scheme. Contracts, invoices and other documents were reportedly doctored in a way that deceived the corporate victims. From 2013 through 2015, the defendant sent emails for payment to various companies. Millions of dollars were then fulfilled by companies who wired the funds to the fraudulent creditor.

High-speed chase in Florida leads to drug charges

A high-speed chase in Florida ended when the stolen car crashed and rolled over. The occupants were medically cleared at the scene, and a search of the vehicle led to several drug charges. The incident occurred on a recent Tuesday when deputies in Polk County noticed a suspected stolen car as it pulled into McDonald's. Reportedly, the driver of the stolen vehicle backed up and rammed into the patrol car when he saw the flashing emergency lights behind him.

Deputies report that the driver smashed into an unoccupied parked car to clear an escape route before speeding away. A chase at speeds allegedly exceeding 100 mph ensued. The vehicle crashed and landed on its roof, and after removing an 18-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man, deputies claim to have found methamphetamine paraphernalia in the car. The woman already had an outstanding arrest warrant,

How to talk to your teenager about interacting with police

It is no secret that raising a teenager can be challenging and exhausting. Many teens feel a strong urge to explore and rebel, which can get them in trouble with the law. If this happens to your child, you are not alone. In 2017, there were approximately 809,700 juvenile arrests in the United States.

As a parent, few things are more dreadful than getting a call from the police station informing you that your child is in jail or police custody. You can teach your child a few tips for how to handle this situation so you are both ready if it ever happens. Here are some lessons to instill in your teen. 

What to know about first-time drunk driving charges

No one in Florida intends to go out and be arrested for driving under the influence. Many times, drivers are not sure how much alcohol they can consume and still be able to drive lawfully. Most know what the legal blood alcohol limit is, but it is not unusual for drivers to get behind the wheel because they feel fine and think they are below the limit. Regardless, being pulled over and charged with drunk driving for the first time can leave a driver with many questions.

The best thing to do would be to get criminal defense counsel to protect one's legal rights. First-time DUIs are often misdemeanors, but legal counsel is still a valuable asset. An experienced DUI defense attorney who is present during questioning and interviews with the police can help a client avoid incriminating statements. The lawyer can also scrutinize the methods used by law enforcement with a view toward presenting a strong defense in court.

Driver faces drug charges after alleged battery on police officer

A 41-year-old Florida woman was taken to Charlotte County Jail after an incident on a recent Thursday morning. Court documents indicate that law enforcement pulled the driver over for various traffic violations, and ultimately filed drug charges. When she pulled over, she allegedly left the engine running, but a male passenger turned it off. The officer reports that the driver argued and when he realized she was about to pull off, he reached for the door to stop her.

The driver is accused of dragging the officer along for some distance, and when he managed to free himself, a high-speed chase ensued. This continued until the driver found herself in a dead end street, where she drove up a driveway and smashed into a pole. Law enforcement caught up and proceeded to arrest her.

5 common spring break crimes

Spring break is a fun time to get away from lectures, assignments and exams. Some Florida students use this welcome downtime to vacation and party. In fact, some of the most popular spots for spring breakers are in Florida, including Miami Beach, Panama City Beach and Key West.

But spring break is not always fun and games. These destinations often see an uptick in criminal activity during this time. Here is an analysis of some of the most common spring break crimes. 

3 ways insurance companies try to cheat you

Thanks to upbeat, charming commercials, you may believe insurance companies are your friends. After all, if they fail to keep customers happy, then they will fail to keep customers at all. It should be in their best interest to help you, right?

Wrong. It is in their best interest to help their profits, even at your expense. You may experience one of these ways in which your insurance provider tries to cheat you after you get into a car accident.

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