Posted on August 8th, 2011
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision says that juveniles cannot be sentenced to life for juvenile crime convictions other than murder — even if the juvenile is charged as an adult. For this reason, a West Palm Beach man was was re-sentenced for an assault crime he committed as a 16-year old.
The man, two other juveniles, and an adult were convicted of the rape of a 35-year old woman at a housing project in West Palm Beach in 2007. A 35-year old woman was said to have been sexually assaulted and her 12-year old son tortured by a group of boys.
The man was sentenced to life for the crime despite being a juvenile. Last Wednesday, his sentence was reduced to 60 years.
To discuss defending juvenile assault or battery charges with an experienced and compassionate attorney, contact the West Palm Beach juvenile assault defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. by calling 561-353-2800 today.
Posted on August 3rd, 2011
Federal law enforcement agencies are working to get warrants for firearms and drugs in Palm Beach County. Last week, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officers by serving search warrants all over the county.
The search warrants are being issued after a year-long investigation by federal officers into drug and gun possession in the county. Together, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Boynton Beach Police Department, and the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office began working together on the investigation, which they called “Operation Smoking Gun Two” in June 2010.
Last Wednesday alone, officers made almost 100 arrests. With the search warrants, officers were able to seize 331 guns.
If you have been charged with a firearm offense in West Palm Beach, contact the West Palm Beach unlawful possession of firearm attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on July 25th, 2011
A recent report released by the Florida Department of Justice revealed many Florida school districts’ referral rates to the Department of Juvenile Justice. A referral occurs when a judge or law enforcement officer sends a student to the Department of Juvenile Justice.
In the 2009-2010 school year, Putnam County had the highest referral rate with 50 out of every 1,000 6th-12th grade students receiving referrals to the Department of Juvenile Justice. Statewide, the referral rate was only 13 out of every 1,000 middle school and high school students.
The majority of the referrals involved incidents that occurred before school, after school, or during another time when students were not in class.
If your child has been charged with a juvenile offense, contact the West Palm Beach juvenile defense attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 and set up an appointment to meet with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers.
Posted on July 18th, 2011
Earlier this month, a woman staying at the Plaza Hotel in Boca Raton entered her hotel room to find a man going through her belongings.
The woman says that she and her family were going back and forth between the hotel room and hotel pool all night. The woman had left the room’s sliding glass door unlocked.
At around 10:45 p.m., the woman says she entered her room and saw the suspect holding her laptop bag and looking through her luggage. After asking him to stop, the suspect pointed a silver and black handgun at the woman and left the hotel room.
If you or someone you know has been accused of armed robbery, contact the West Palm Beach armed robbery defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 to discuss your situation.
Posted on July 11th, 2011
After a DUI conviction from a biased judge, former West Palm Beach Fire Department Captain Rick Curtis is fighting the charge to return to his job. According to Curtis, the judge in his DUI case had an “intimate relationship” with a rival firefighter.
Curtis says he did not learn of the relationship between the other firefighter and the judge until after his trial ended. Curtis’s attorney filed a motion to overturn the DUI conviction and a new trial was ordered.
The judge removed herself from the case but neither party admitted to having a relationship. Curtis pointed out several questionable decisions from the judge as evidence of her bias.
Now, with the DUI conviction, Curtis is fighting to have his position reinstated at the fire department.
Contact the West Palm Beach driver’s license hearing lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 today, if you or someone you know has questions about DUI hearings in West Palm Beach.
Posted on July 5th, 2011
Four employees of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority were recently arrested on suspicion of fraud. An assistant director with the Housing Authority is accused of providing false information to get a discounted apartment and conspiring to get benefits for co-workers and their families.
The four employees were arrested last month. Police believe that the workers were able to receive $97,860 in fraudulent Housing Authority benefits.
Police have charged the four workers with public assistance fraud, grand theft, white collar crime, and official misconduct. The Housing Authority employees are being held on bails of $5,000 each.
If you or someone you know has been charged with fraud or theft, contact the West Palm Beach civil damages in theft & fraud cases lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 to discuss your case.
Posted on June 27th, 2011
Police recently arrested a West Palm Beach man after responding to reports of shots being fired at the 1300 block of 8th Street. After arriving at the location, police found a man in a vehicle who said that another man had run out of a house on the road and began firing at his car.
Officers spoke with a 25-year old man living at the home. The man admitted to police that he owned a Glock 27 and that he had been convicted on previous felony charges. The man says he shot at the car after arriving home to find it had been broken into.
Police charged the 25-year old with unlawful possession of a firearm because of his previous felony conviction. In addition, the man was charged with aggravated assault and firing a missile into a vehicle.
To discuss defending an unlawful possession of a firearm charge with an experienced criminal defense attorney, contact the West Palm Beach unlawful possession of a firearm lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 today.
Posted on June 20th, 2011
Yesterday, a West Palm Beach driver and father was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and child neglect. Police pulled over the man’s green Honda sedan at around 7:40 P.M. after noticing the vehicle swerving. The man was traveling in the middle lane of the eastbound lanes of Okeechobee Boulevard.
Furthermore, police reports state that the Honda was seen abruptly stopping and accelerating. After pulling the vehicle over, officers noticed the smell of alcohol on the driver’s breath and a 4-year old in the back seat.
Police were able to get in touch with the child’s mother who told them that she and the man were in the middle of a divorce, and that she let her husband spend time with their son on Sunday for Father’s Day.
If you or someone you know has been accused of driving under the influence, contact the West Palm Beach DUI defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on June 14th, 2011
Two women who recently met at the Drug Abuse Foundation in Delray Beach were arrested last week and charged with four counts of fraud, two counts of larceny, a count of drug equipment possession, and a count of cocaine possession.
The women are suspected of stealing a 69-year old woman’s purse at a Winn-Dixie store in West Palm Beach. The woman’s credit cards were later used at a gas station and to purchase two drills costing over $200 each at a Home Depot. After Boynton Beach police officers went to the Home Depot store to investigate the fraud reports, they saw a car that they believed fit a description given by the 69-year old woman.
An officer pulled over the vehicle and questioned the two women. One of the women admitted to having drugs and needles in the vehicle. Police arrested both women and charged one with drug crimes and both with fraud and larceny.
If you have been charged with theft or fraud you will need experienced legal representation to defend you against theses charges. Contact the West Palm Beach theft & fraud attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 and set up an appointment to discuss your situation with one of our criminal lawyers today.
Posted on June 6th, 2011
A 19-year old West Palm Beach man was recently charged with robbery with a weapon and grand theft of a motor vehicle. The juvenile was arrested last month after police were called to a Denny’s restaurant in West Palm Beach on Okeechobee about a robbery.
Two hours before the call about a robbery at Denny’s, West Palm Beach police officers received reports of a stolen Dodge Stratus. After arriving at the restaurant, the officers saw the stolen vehicle speeding east down Okeechobee away from the restaurant.
Police followed the Stratus until it lost control near Australian Avenue. Two suspects got out of the car and took off running. The 19-year old was found by a K-9 team and later booked at the Palm Beach County Jail. In the car, officers recovered money, a mask, and a gun.
If you or someone you know has been charged with juvenile robbery, contact the West Palm Beach juvenile robbery defense lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. at 561-353-2800 and set up an appointment to meet with an experienced defense attorney.