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December 2014 Archives

Authorities locate, charge man with murder in Florida case

According to news sources, a third person has now been taken into custody in connection with the stabbing death of a Ft. Lauderdale resident in August 2014. Sources report that BSO's Fugitive Squad successfully tracked the at-large 24-year-old man to an undisclosed location, and he was apprehended on Dec. 22. Previously, a 23-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were each served warrants on Nov. 17 for the role investigators believe that they played in the murder.

Ferguson grand jury illustrative for Florida as well

Florida residents may have experienced some of the controversy that came with a high-profile murder in August. The grand jury's decision in November not to indict a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., over the killing of an unarmed teenager has demonstrated several important concepts within the American justice system. Legal observers agree that the method in which the grand jury phase of the police officer's trial was administered appeared unusual.

Could you start seeing marijuana breath tests at traffic stops?

Even though you may not be able to cite the specific state law, most people know that it is illegal here in Florida to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  This form of impaired driving is considered reckless in the eyes of the law, which not only increases your risk of getting into an accident for which you may face civil litigation, but it increases your chances of a traffic stop that could lead to serious criminal charges and even more litigation.

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