Uber driver faces felony charges for alleged theft from passenger

The majority of Uber rides end after the passenger arrives at his or her destination and exits the vehicle. As several news outlets recently reported, this was not the case for a Florida man who unfortunately became the victim of theft when his Uber driver asked to came inside his home after arriving at the destination. That driver now faces serious criminal charges. Mark Taiclet, 48, told police he allowed the driver, 33-year-old Brandi Begerow, into his home to use the bathroom. Taiclet claimed he had no recollection of what happened afterwards. He believed Begerow drugged him before allegedly stealing...

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When police violate departmental policies, chases can lead to wrongful death cases

Losing a loved one due to wrongful death can be devastating. While wrongful deaths can happen through a number of different circumstances, they can be even more shocking when they occur at the hands of law enforcement. For example, an innocent bystander may be hit by a driver speeding to get away from a police car in a high-speed chase. There are even cases in which the chased suspect ends up being killed in pursuit. The Miami-Dade Police Department is making efforts to reduce the number of car chases by ensuring police officers follow departmental policy. According to statistics from...

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New bill seeks to reduce driver’s license suspensions in Florida

Dealing with a suspended driver’s license can be inconvenient and frustrating, especially if the offense that led to the suspension is unrelated to driving (i.e. failing to pay for insurance or child support). A new law could soon make life easier for Florida motorists. The Senate Transportation Committee recently passed legislation to cut down the number of driver’s license suspensions in the state for offenses unrelated to driving. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 1.7 million license-related penalties were incurred for offenses both related to driving and unrelated to driving in the fiscal year 2015-2016. Senators...

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What a repeal of no-fault insurance could mean for Florida drivers

Florida’s no-fault auto insurance system could soon come to an end after over four decades of existence. Proposed legislation has been filed in the House and Senate to eliminate the state requirement for all motorists to purchase at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP). PIP insurance was initially designed to provide individuals injured in car accidents basic medical coverage, regardless of who is to blame for the accident. But Florida motorists pay some of the country’s highest insurance premiums for these otherwise low amounts of coverage. Currently, Florida is one of just 12 that retain a no-fault system. Proponents...

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How a Miami kidnapping suspect walked free after being charged with attempted abductions

A recent Florida kidnapping case highlights the importance of having a knowledgeable and aggressive attorney on your side. When faced with criminal charges, it is important to seek help from someone who can stand up to prosecutors who are willing to go to great lengths to obtain a criminal conviction. Marshawn Andrews, 25, walked out of the Miami-Dade courthouse a free man on January 13. The authorities dropped multiple charges against him, including aggravated battery, attempted sexual battery on a minor, and lewd and lascivious conduct. Andrews was accused of attempting to kidnap several teenage girls in Miami last year....

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New bills aim to make texting while driving a primary offense

People who are used to texting while driving could face stricter penalties if two proposed pieces of legislation are passed. Florida lawmakers recently filed two new bills that target drivers who use their cellphones while behind the steering wheel. Florida is among five states that do not classify texting and driving as a primary offense. Right now, texting while driving is a secondary offense in the state. As a result, police officers can only stop a car if they see a driver committing a primary offense — in other words, doing something else that is illegal. However, the proposed bills...

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Florida woman jailed for DUI after hit-and-run crashes

A Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, woman was arrested for driving under the influence after being involved in a string of multi-county hit-and-run crashes. She drove an SUV from Northeast Florida into Southeast Georgia with two children as passengers. Georgia State Patrol arrested Brandy Stroud Gleaton, 33, soon after she hit a deputy patrol’s car during a traffic stop on Interstate 95 in Georgia. Gleaton is facing three DUI charges. She was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, a seat belt violation and endangering a child under 14 years of age. The Florida Highway Patrol estimated up to eight...

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Police lieutenant with spotless record charged with domestic violence

A Hollywood, Florida, police lieutenant was arrested after his wife accused him of hitting and kicking her. He was charged with one count of domestic violence-related battery. As the charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, he could be jailed for up to one year. Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at Lt. Michael David McKinney’s home, where he lives with his wife of one year. According to a police report, a verbal argument between the couple turned physical. McKinney, 49, allegedly hit his wife twice on her head and kicked her left rib area. Police noted swelling and bruises on her...

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Idaho’s sex offender registry is constitutionally challenged; potential impact for Florida’s?

Sex crimes evoke some of the deepest and strongest feelings from people about how offenders should be punished, and understandably so. But guilt or innocence aside, and forgetting for a moment that offenders often face decades in prison, there is one aspect of sex crimes sentencing that often gets overlooked: the post-incarceration registration process, which is a modern day scarlet letter that is more burdensome than you can imagine. According to the Idaho Statesman, the sex offender registry laws of Idaho are facing a constitutional challenge. A new federal lawsuit filed by 104 sex offenders alleges that the offenders were...

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