Posted On: January 23, 2011

Probation Violations in Fort Lauderdale Criminal Courts

Violations of probation and violations of community control result in a violation of probation warrant being issued by the circuit or county court judge who handled your case. In Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, a probation officer who is handling the case will submit a request for a violation of probation warrant to the judge, here in Fort Lauderdale, or in West Palm Beach. The judge will review the warrant request for legal sufficiency: the standard is the violation must rise to be considered both a substantial and willful violation of probation. The most common violation of probation warrants we see here in South Florida are failure to report, leaving Florida without permission, relocating to another state and not transferring probation supervision, and failure to pay full restitution or cost of supervision. Once the violation of probation warrant is issued it is available to law enforcement throughout the United States. Most often probation violations arising from Pompano Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale and other arrests in Broward County result in the person being detained and held for extradition. If you were placed in probation or community control in Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach and may be in violation the first thing to do is contact a South Florida criminal defense lawyer and have them contact the probation officer and inquire as to the existence of a violation of probation warrant. My office gets 5 to 8 calls per week and I am very pleased to help you sort out your situation and discuss your legal options. The call is a ‘free consultation’ and I, and most South Florida criminal defense lawyers, are willing to assist you in finding out about your current status. Call and start the process of dealing with an open probation or community control warrant.

Posted On: January 22, 2011

Ruiz case from the 4th DCA

Hamlet: “My words fly up my thoughts remain below, thoughts without words never to heaven go”. Too subtle for the 4th DCA? In a long awaited response to judges who find all cops credible and all defendants not, the 4th missed its chance to send a clear message to Judges in Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the 4th District. The court of appeals pulled a case from the trenches and said that a judge must not “be a rubber stamp” for law enforcement, but little more. File this case under “too subtle for me” because I, and most other criminal defense lawyers in South Florida, can’t see why the 4th DCA came so close to saying something then backed off. How about a do-over?

Posted On: January 17, 2011

Wikileaks Weveals Wongdoers

With apologies to Elmer Fudd and Disney we headline the news that Wikileaks founder Julian Asange announced on January 17th, 2011 that a former executive at a major Swiss Bank had turned over a computer disc containing 2000 names of prominent individuals who, allegedly, engaged in tax evasion through offshore banking. Money-laundering and other white-collar crimes, a specialty of the writer, usually involves wire fraud, money laundering, or tax avoidance. Money-laundering crimes involved the failure to disclose the source of funds or attempts to obscure the source of funds deposited into the US banking system. Rudolf Elmer, the former executive for the Swiss Bank reportedly ran a major Swiss Bank's operations in the Caribbean until his discharge in 2002. Initial reports indicate that names have not been revealed. However Wikileaks indicated that it will name names at a future date. Many of these white-collar crimes will be prosecuted in South Florida federal district courts where attorney Ralph Behr practices. South Florida criminal defense attorneys see many federal money laundering and wire fraud cases in our federal district courts. Stay tuned for further news as this story breaks.