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March 2017 Archives

Man who needed something to drive takes forklift from marina

Authorities say that a man is facing a number of criminal charges in Florida following an incident involving a forklift that occurred on March 9. According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the man allegedly stole a forklift from a marina in Marathon because he could not find his keys and needed something to drive. At the site, the eyewitness who had called the sheriff's office told the responding officer that he had observed the forklift heading in the direction of the Sandal Factory on Ocean Terrance.

Lawmakers seek to decriminalize small amounts of pot

On March 11, it was reported that two Florida lawmakers introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession of personal amounts of marijuana. If the bill is passed, those who are found in possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana will face a noncriminal civil violation.

African-Americans more likely to be wrongly convicted

The number of African-Americans who are exonerated after having been convicted of crimes indicates that they are more likely to be wrongly convicted than whites. Florida residents may be interested to learn that a study by the National Registry of Exonerations, which looked at cases from between 1989 and 2016, found that African-Americans were 12 times as likely to be wrongly convicted of drug crimes and seven times as likely to be wrongly convicted of murder compared to whites.

DUI stops and prescription drugs

When most people think about drug-based DUI stops, they assume the driver was taking illegal drugs. Maybe the driver was taking completely illicit substances or prescription drugs that did not belong to him or her. However, you may be surprised to learn that even taking your own perfectly legal prescription medicine can lead to a DUI stop and even charges.

Colts player charged with DUI

Florida NFL fans may have heard that David Parry, a member of the Indianapolis Colts, was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest, criminal damage, suspicion of robbery and auto theft after an incident that occurred on Feb. 25. According to the police report, a man with a golf cart gave Parry and two other men a ride. When the two other men got off the golf cart, Parry allegedly hit the driver in the head and stole the cart. He then crashed into a gate.