Lauderdale Lakes Teenager Accused of Murder Over $5

January 21st, 2010

Reports from Lauderdale Lakes are coming out that a teenage allegedy killed a 62 year old neighbor by stabbing her more than 60 times because she would not give him $5.00 to buy weed.   The boy was allegedly seen leaving the scene and the police are claiming that he confessed to the crime. 

Juvenile confessions are often times subject to heightened scrutiny by the courts.  Police must take care to make sure that a confession they obtain from an accused is both knowing and voluntary.  Normally, for adults this is done by reading and recording Miranda Rights.  For juveniles, the issue of comprehension becomes more important and can lead to strong legal challenges against the admissability of alleged confessions.

If you have a child who is accused of a crime, you need an experienced defense attorney to protect all of his rights.  Convictions of any kind, even juvenile convictions can remain on a child’s record permanently.  The Criminal Law Group will fight for you or child in Dade and Broward.  759-9169.  You have rights the police can be wrong!

Anna Kournikova’s Mother Arrested for Child Neglect

January 20th, 2010

Reporting out of Palm Beach County, the mother of ex tennis star Anna Kournikova was arrested for child neglect.  Preliminarily, it is alleged that the mom left her five year old son at home while she went out shopping.  That’s right it is the mother’s kid and the mom is only 46 years old.  I guess when you gotta shop, you gotta shop!

Child neglect is a misdemeanor as opposed to child abuse which is a felony per Floria.  The Criminal Law Group defends people charged with crime’s against children.  The jury instruction for child neglect states that the following must be proved:  the accused willfully or by culpable negligence failed or omitted to provide child with care, supervision, and services necessary to maintain child’s physical or mental health. Accused was the caregiver for the child.  Child was under age of 18. 

In most cases, wherein there is no bodily harm and this is a person’s first offense a good lawyer could get that person into a program thereby allowing them to avoid formal conviction.  If you are someone you know is charged with child abuse or child neglect contact one our experienced attorneys at the Criminal Law Group.  Remember you have rights, the police can be wrong.

Woman Arrested for Driving into Crowd at Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Hallandale Beach

January 19th, 2010

Latricia Samuel of Hollywood was arrested on multiple counts of Aggravated Assault and Battery with a deadly weapon after alleging driving through the Martin Luther King Jr. day parade in Hallandale Beach.  Preliminary reports allege that Samuel ran over police and children as she went through the parade.  There is some back story to the case wherein it is alleged that Samuel had a dispute over parking which may have led to her driving into the parade.

Aggravated Assault is a third degree felony and aggravated battery is a second degree felony punishable by up to 5 and 15 years in prison respectively.  The Criminal Law Group represents people charged with all kinds of assaults in batteries including people charged aggravated assault with a firearm which carries with a 3 year minimum mandatory.  If Samuel is charged with Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer that can be punishable by up to 30 years in prison and subject also to a minimum mandatory.  When facing such serious criminal charges, a person accused with the crime needs someone on their side to protect their rights and fight for their freedom.  The Criminal Law Group does just that.  Call 759-9169 in Dade or Broward.

Former Hollywood Commissioner Keith Wasserstorm begins 60 day sentence

January 19th, 2010

First elected Hollywood commissioner in 2000 and then reelected in 2004, Keith Wasserstorm’s political career is likely over as he now begins serving a 60 day sentence for a felony conviction of official misconduct.  Wasserstorm was prosecuted due to his alleged role in helping a sludge firm win an 18 million contract.  Wasserstrom took an appeal from the conviction but was the conviction was ultimately upheld. 

A criminal prosecution can be life changing.  Often times those being prosecuted can lose their jobs, their assets and ultimately their freedom.  Having an experienced attorney on your side who can protect your rights is essential to making sure your rights are protected.  The Criminal Law Group will work with you and your family to keep you informed about your case.  We will build a strategy to defend your case and if necessary we will fight for you at trial.  Remember you have rights and the police can be wrong.  Call 759-9169 in Dade or Broward.

Police Charge Carlos Bertonatti with DUI Manslaughter and Other Charges

January 19th, 2010

After allegedly killing a biker, Miami Dade Police have charged Carlos Bertonatti with a variety of charges including DUI Manslaughter, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death and several misdemeanors.  Bertonatti is alleged to have struck a biker on Key Biscayne and then fled the scene thereafter.  That biker, Christopher Lecanne, later died from the injuries he sustained. 

 Bertonatti, who is a local songwriter, is going to be subject to heavy media scrutiny as a result of being charged with these crimes.  Comments at the bottom of news websites are reading like a lynch mob as every person forgets that someone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.  If you are a public figure and charged with a crime let one of the Criminal Law Group’s experienced attorneys fight for you.  We know the sensitivity of a criminal prosecution and our experienced team knows how to deal with media scrutiny our clients may face.  Let the Criminal Law Group be your voice.  Call 759-9169 in Dade and Broward and remember you have rights, the police can be wrong!

Cyclist Killed in Hit and Run on Key Biscayne

January 18th, 2010

According to the Key Biscayne Police Department a car allegedly driven by Carlos Bertonatti, a Key Biscayne resident struck and killed a cyclist.  Witness accounts say that early Sunday morning a silver Volkswagon Jetta hit the biker and then continuned driving even with the bicycle being lodged under the car.  Several cars followed the Jetta for over a mile and Bertonatti was identified by some witnesses as the driver.  Some preliminary reports are that Bertonatti was alleged to be impaired at the time of the collision.

Cyclists from the community are up in arms about the incident.  Especially in light of the fact, that the cycling community recently rode in honor of a Miami Shores teenager Rodolfo Rojo who was killed last year while cycling from Miami Shores to North Miami.  Bertonatti, who is innocent until proven guilty, will likely have to deal with the added scrutiny of this being a highly publicized case in the media.

The Criminal Law Group handles all kinds of traffic cases.  Our experienced attorneys have worked on both DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide cases.  In addition to that, some times traffic cases are charged as 2nd and 1st degree murder depending on the circumstances.  When facing such serious charges, with your freedom and life sometimes at stake, it is imperative that you have a dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.  The Criminal Law Group will work to protect your rights and secure your liberty.  759-9169 in Dade and Broward!

Hollywood Police Department Fires 6 Police Officers

January 14th, 2010

It is official.  Hollywood Police Department fired 6 officers, 5 of whom allegedly played a role in doctoring a police report that made national news.  Chief Chad Wagner terminated Officer Joel Francisco, Officer Dewey Pressley, Community Service Officer Karim Thomas, Sgt. Andrew Diaz and crime scene technician Andrea Tomassi.  The union of which those officers belonged vowed to fight the firings.  ”What did you expect the union to say?” is my response to the union’s response.  The criminal prosecutions of those alleged to have participated in the official misconduct is ongoing.  Most reports have quoted the officers or the officers’ representatives as saying that the firing was politically motivated.  Although at this juncture, almost  a year to the day that these officers allegedly committed these crimes one must wonder what took the HPD so long?

At the Criminal Law Group, we will fight the police on your behalf because we know this kind of law enforcement action happens all the time.  The police are just like any other group of people some good ones and some bad ones.  When you come across a bad one you will know it.  The Criminal Law Group has a skilled team of litigators who know how to ask the right questions so that the truth will come out.  If you have been arrested or are under investigation you need an attorney on your side now.  Call The Criminal Law Group 759-9169 in Broward and Dade.  You have rights, the police can be wrong!

Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner Expected to Fire 6 Dirty Officers

January 13th, 2010

Remember this case from the Hollywood Police Department:  In February of last year Ofc. Joel Francisco of the HPD rear ended Alexandra Torrens-Vilas.  Then we saw how thick the thieves of the HPD really were.  Not realizing they were being recorded on one of the officers’ cars, the proceeded to talk about how it was they were going to shift blame to Torrens-Vilas for the accident.  Shifting blame came to mean doctoring police reports, lying under oath and ultimately arresting Torrens-Vilas for a DUI.  All the public servants who were involved Officer Joel Francisco, Officer Dewey Pressley, Community Service Officer Karim Thomas, Sgt. Andrew Diaz and crime scene technician Andrea Tomassi are expected to be fired this week.  According to reports, they have already received their termination letters and have one final appeal remaining.

The Criminal Law Group knows that police can be wrong in and in some cases can be outright corrupt.  Like any other person on this planet there are good police and there are bad police.  If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, you need someone on your side.  Someone who will fight to protect your rights and to seek out the truth.  Nowadays you need someone who has the experience to tell that something just isn’t right about your particular case.  Let our experienced attorneys help you 759-9169 in Dade and Broward.  You have rights, the police can be wrong!

Broward Public Defenders and Broward Courts let 78 year old woman rot for 15 days in jail

January 12th, 2010

For this one I had to start the category ‘you gotta be kidding me’.  According to the Miami Herald, a 78 year old grandmother Gabrielle Shaink Trudeau arrested for driving with a suspended license spent 15 days, that’s right 15 days!, in jail because neither the courts nor her PUBLIC DEFENDERS recognized she was entitled to release. Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein said, “we fell down and we fell down badly”.  Yeah, I’ll say!  A 78 year old woman, who is entitled to see a judge within 24 hours of arrest,who is entitled to a reasonable non-monetary bond within 24 hours if she is no danger to the community per Florida statute, sits for 15 days, maybe you guys should ’stay down’.   According to the report, the Broward PD’s failed to represent her at her initial appearance hearing!  They failed to represent her???  Wow.   Here is the link to the story if you don’t believe us:

What is even more scary is that this kind of things happens all the time in Dade and Broward.  The Criminal Law Group will works so that our clients feel like their case is the only one we handle.  The Criminal Law Group serves to protect your rights.  If you are arrested, our top priority as your defense attorney is getting you released from custody.  Imagine spending 2 weeks in jail for some petty offense or for something you didn’t do.  You need to talk with an experienced attorney right away.  Call 759-9169 in Dade and Broward.  You have rights, the police can be wrong!

Wesley Bernard Henton Charged with People’s Storage Murder

January 11th, 2010

The Miami Herald reports that Wesley Bernard Henton was charged with 1st Degree Murder by the police for allegedly shooting Josline Augustin at the People’s Storage located at 200 NW 79th St. in Miami-Dade County.  The police have stated that Henton confessed to robbing and shooting Augustin who was just about to turn 56.

Whether or not Henton actually ‘confessed’ as the police said he did, or whether Henton was coerced, forced or even tricked into the alleged confession will surely become the centerpiece of the defense to this prosecution.  The Criminal Law Group has successfully litigated the suppression of confessions on both constitutional and legal grounds.  When being investigated for the a crime or after being arrested for a crime, a person has an absolute right not to talk to the police.  You should let attorney do the talking for you.  If you are being investigated or under arrest for a crime the Criminal Law Group can protect your rights.  Call 759-9169 in Broward in Dade.