Posted On: September 7, 2008

Mortgage Fraud Arrests in Miami

The US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach) arrested Magile Cruz. Cruz is alleged to have participated in $24,000,000 of allegedly fraudulent mortgages.
There has been a lot of political pressure on prosecutors in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach to arrest and prosecute mortgage brokers.
The Law Offices of Ralph Behr has defended mortgage brokers and realtors as far back as the 1980's when there was a rush to prosecute. Many innocents went to prison, and it is happening again.
If you need a criminal defense attorney in Broward, Fort Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach, contact attorney Behr.
The press release from the US Attorney is available for viewing. Attorney Behr's credentials appear on his website. Call now the phones are answered 24/7.


Posted On: September 6, 2008

HOW CAN A LICENSED NASD ARBITRATOR & ATTORNEY HELP YOU?

SECURITIES LAW VIOLATIONS IN FLORIDA

Criminal defense attorneys who are familiar with securities law prosecutions, and white collar crime are often certified Arbitrators for the National Association of Security Dealers (The NASD).

Knowing securities law is essential if a lawyer is defending someone for a white collar crime, money laundering or mortgage fraud arrest.

If you have been accused of a white collar crime or with a securities iviolation call Attorney Behr for a consultation.

The NASD is the agency that supervises and enforces securities laws affecting the NY Stock Exchange, Stock Brokerages firms, dealers, and "associated persons".

Posted On: September 5, 2008

BAIL, BOND AND BONDAGENTS IN FLORIDA

SHOULD I POST BAIL FIRST? CALL A LAWYER? CALL A BONSMAN?

Call a lawyer first, why?

First: a local lawyer knows the local bondagents, your lawyer can get a good bond and control the bondsman: use the lawyer as a problem solver.

Second: the lawyer may be able to get a quick bond hearing and reduce the bond amount.

When a good local lawyer and a good local bondsman are in front of a local judge you benefit all around. The judge is confident you are well repersented and may be inclined to lower the bond.

If you or a family member or friend has been arrested in South Florida, Miami, Fort Lauderale or West Palm Beach contact a south Florida criminal defense attorney. Ask about bond. Ask about the judge. Ask about how an arrest and a trial work.

Information is the cure for agitation and aggravation. Let a local professional guide you through the criminal process. Call Attorney Ralph Behr at 1-800-761-3446.

Posted On: September 4, 2008

HOW TO HANDLE A VIOLATION OF PROBATION

VIOLATION OF PROBATION & VIOLATION OF COMMUNITY CONTROL IN FORT LAUDERDALE

Probation and Community Control are sentences, not pre-trial release; and sentences must be followed.

If you fail to follow any condition of probation, the probation officer will report to his supervisor. If the violation is willful and substantial then a request for a pick up order (warrant) is sent to a judge.

If the judge signs the request it becomes a warrant.

In Broward, Fort Lauderdale, by local order; anyone arrested on a violation of probation warrant waits ten days in the Fort Lauderdale jail before being brought up before a judge.

The first apperance is a first violation of probation hearing. At that hearing one admits or denies the allegations. If admitted the judge can do one of three things:

1. Return you to probation
2. Modify or add new conditions or increase the length of the probation or community control or
3. Send the violator to prison for any term of years within the sentencing or punishment code guidelines.
If you have a concern call a south Florida criminal defense attorney. Not all violations result in prison, some can be modified, some call be dismissed.

Posted On: September 3, 2008

WHAT IS A BURGLARY IN FLORIDA?

FLORIDA LAW ON BURGLARIES

If you've been arrested in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, West Palm Beach and charged with burglary make sure your criminal defense attorney checks the most recent changes to the burglary statute.

The law in Florida, of which Fort Lauderdale is a part, is a burglary means entering a dwelling or structure or conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein.

Burglary cannot be charged unless the state can prove the intent to commit a crime at the time of the trespass. If the intent to commit a new crime comes after the entry it's not a burglary: it's a trespass and a theft.

Some Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys omit this point in their thinking. If you want a clear thinking South Florida criminal defense attorney call Ralph Behr at 954 -761-3444.

Posted On: September 2, 2008

VIOLATION OF PROBATION IN FORT LAUDERDALE

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER A VIOLATION OF PROBATION WARRANT IS FILED?

If you are under a sentence of probation or community control beware. Fewer than one in three succeed without a violation.

The most common violation of probation is a failure to check-in, after that comes moving without notice, and then "dirty urine" if you are on drug offender probation.

Failure to pay costs of supervison are more common, but most of the Judges in Fort Lauderdale will not sign a violation of probation warrant unless the failure to pay is willful: that means you have the money but refuse to pay.

Rule One: Call a lawyer. Contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer BEFORE, not after. Your South Florida criminal defense lawyer can get you a hearing before your judge and avoid the probation violation by obtaining a modification of probation terms.

Prevention is the best way to avoid a violation of probation warrant. Call a south Florida or Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer and get a consultation. Call Ralph Behr at 954-761-3444 for a no-fee consultation 24/7. Out of State: call 1-800-761-3446. Call Now, the call is free, the peace of mind is priceless.

Posted On: September 1, 2008

ARRESTED IN FORT LAUDERDALE FLORIDA?

IF I'M ARRESTED IN FORT LAUDERDALE DO I HAVE TO TALK TO THE POLICE?

No. A police officer can stop you can talk to you but you don't have to respond. If you believe you are the focus of a criminal investigation, or a person of interest, ask for a lawyer.

The only person who can force you to answer any questions is a judge. Police can ask, you don't have to answer,