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Man facing parole violation in Florida courts accused of arson

A criminal defendant in Daytona Beach has been arrested and is facing charges in connection with a series of nearly 30 arson incidents in the region. The man is currently charged with parole violations, disorderly conduct and resisting an officer, though he is suspected of igniting the string of Florida fires. He may be required to mount a criminal defense against arson allegations, depending on the outcome of the current investigation.

Authorities say that the 40-year-old defendant was arrested after a suicide attempt and police chase. He had been named as a person of interest in several arson cases, so officers were on the lookout for him. They found him walking near a surf shop in Daytona Beach. The man ran to the second floor of that establishment and was threatening to jump, but he was eventually talked down from the ledge.

Florida investigation leads to multiple arrests for drug offenses

In December of last year, authorities intercepted a parcel filled with marijuana at an Orlando United States Parcel center. The drugs were addressed to an International Drive hotel, the Hyatt Regency. Following an in-depth investigation by authorities into the package and an allege drug ring that was distributing the contraband materials, a number of individuals have since been arrested and charged with drug offenses.

Following the interception of the marijuana, police repackaged its contents and delivered it to the address listed on the package. The package was allegedly delivered to a man, who then delivered its contents to several addresses in the Central Florida area. Allegedly, the deliveryman and his associates were responsible for distributing hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of drugs.

What is the difference between federal and state courts?

Federal and state courts have different jurisdictions. Jurisdiction can mean either a geographically defined area that a court resides over, or it can mean the laws or legal authority that a court holds for hearing certain types of cases.

The geographical definition applies more to state courts. For instance, Florida laws on certain activities and charges, such as robbery, drug charges and traffic violations, among others, may be different than other states. Unless the charge affects a federal law or the U.S. Constitution and the crime occurred in Florida, the case would be heard here in Florida or in whatever state the crime or activity took place.

26-year-old Florida man accused of DUI manslaughter

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a construction worker has suffered a tragic death after being struck by an alleged drunk driver. Police say that the driver hit two workers on U.S. Highway 41 in Port Charlotte. The men were completing road maintenance tasks at the time of the crash.

Troopers report that the 26-year-old driver who allegedly caused the collision did not see a pickup truck ahead of him, even though its overhead warning lights were activated. The man's car struck two men who were standing outside of the truck and pinned them between the two vehicles.

Pre-teen to mount criminal defense against murder allegations

A 12-year-old Florida boy has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 54-year-old man in late June. The young man, who was just one suspect in the case, apparently worked together with a second 16-year-old suspect. The pair will mount a criminal defense against allegations that they shot the victim in the head at a strip mall in Jacksonville.

Official reports show that the victim was homeless, but he did have family members in the area. He was only carrying a small pocketknife, if any form of personal defense, according to his sister; the man had been robbed shortly before the incident, and he did not have much personal property. He had visited his sister before the shooting incident.

Domestic assault: Facts for abusers as well as victims

Florida law defines domestic violence as "any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member." Domestic violence is not just when two family members disagree and argue, a spat between a husband and wife or an anger management issue.

When there is suspicion of domestic violence or someone is charged with domestic assault, it is important that the difference between what is and is not domestic violence is applied to the situation. There may be circumstances that have brought about actions that fit into the first category, but are not the typical behavior of the alleged abuser. If the alleged abuser has a good attorney, that attorney should be able to show evidence to this effect in a court of law to possibly lessen the charges or maybe even have them thrown out.

Justin Bieber's DUI trial delayed for plea negotions

In a lot of cases, celebrities accused of crimes like drunk driving will have the financial means to hire the best legal counsel available. As a result, these individuals may have a better chance of achieving favorable results during their DUI defense proceedings. In the highly publicized DUI case of Justin Bieber, though, the public and gossip columnists are still waiting with baited breath to see how the case concludes.

According to the most recent reports about the Bieber DUI trial, which is being carried out in a south Florida courtroom, the litigation of the case has been subjected to yet another delay. During a hearing that was held on a recent Wednesday, prosecutors asked the presiding judge to give them three more weeks in order to negotiate a plea deal, which -- if successful -- could prevent the case from going to trial. As a result of the approved postponement, the next hearing has been set for Aug. 5.

Sting leads to charges against Florida theme park worker

It is the greatest place on Earth, unless you are an accused sex offender. That is what one Florida man has discovered about Walt Disney World, his former employer, after he was charged with child pornography sex crimes. The man pleaded not guilty to charges of traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity, along with allegations of soliciting a child for sexual acts. The man is just one of dozens of Disney workers who have been accused of sex crimes against kids in recent years; in all, 32 area theme park employees have been convicted since 2006, with some representing Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

The man in this case argues that he was attempting to protect the fictitious 14-year-old girl who was soliciting sexual encounters online in Lake County, Florida. It turns out that the encounter was a ruse set up by area police officers; those who arrived at the girl's supposed home were taken into custody. The man tells officers that he intended to call authorities when he arrived at the girl's home, and that he never wanted to harm her or commit any sex crimes.

Alleged domestic violence by 'Talladega Nights' actor

Charges of domestic violence can be allotted to anyone, including actors and actresses. Recently, Luke Bigham, who starred in "Talladega Nights," was charged with domestic violence harassment for an argument between him and his mother. He allegedly shoved his mother into the stairs. His mother, who admitted she was in pain when the police arrived, refused medical attention.

Bigham apparently has also been in other trouble lately. In June, he was involved in an accident where he was excessively exceeding the speed limit. Two passengers, as well as Bigham, suffered injuries in the accident. He turned himself into jail and was released later after a $1,000 bond was paid.

Justin Bieber goes to trial for Florida DUI

Just Bieber, who has risen to fame as a pop star out of Canada, was pulled over and arrested in Miami Beach earlier this year. Police said that he was driving under the influence, and he is now set to go to trail for those charges. The arrest happened on January 23, and the young singer was just 20 years old at the time.

Bieber was not the only performer who was named by police in the case. Allegedly, there was an R&B singer in another vehicle near him, and the police stated that they thought that the two cars were illegally racing. The other singer was also given DUI charges. Both he and Bieber decided that they would plead that they were not guilty of those accusations.

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