Okay this week in crime according to the Broward County Sun Sentinel we had a woman who received only a 60 day sentence after pleading to allegations of robbery by use of drugs. That sentence was out of the ordinary for the court that the newspapers reporting on the newspaper was reporting on this undoubtedly due to the fact that the sentence seemed extremely low for an individual accused of what’s considered a pretty serious crime in Florida.
Based on my experience as a criminal defense attorney practicing the same jurisdiction, I would bet that there were some pretty good reasons that the judge had with respect to why this defendant only received a two-month incarceration sentence. Our felony criminal court judges as well as a misdemeanor court judges certainly know what they’re doing and know what an appropriate sentence is for the particular severity of the crime charged. Remember the crime severity degree or level is but one factor in determining an appropriate sentence. Most importantly in any criminal prosecution are the facts and circumstances surrounding that particular case the exact same crime came from be committed in two ways that are entirely distinct from one another in terms of severity. My name is William Moore and I can be reached for comments on this issue by calling 954-523-5323.
Crime News in Fort Lauderdale
Also on April 8, 2015 the Broward County Sun Sentinel reported on a pretty outrageous case of sexual assault and battery. And this is this is actually the second of this kind reported this week by the sun sentinel. Ian Charles Dewson, a man in his early 30s has been arrested for several counts of lewd or lascivious battery person between the ages of 12 and 16 this guy was caught by Broward Sheriff’s office deputies having had sex numerous times throughout the course of one month with a girl who was only 14 years old at the time. There is evidence to suggest that Mr. Dewson took reasonable steps when trying to cover his tracks by removing any evidence from the crime scene which included the removal of use prophylactic devices. He did not, however think to avoid electronic communication such as text messages with the underage girl which seem to be some of the strongest evidence in the Broward County prosecutors case against him.
The victim apparently lives in a gated community with her parents refused to identify defendant Watson out of the police lineup and it is unclear whether or not she intends to part participate in the police investigation and/or prosecution. Evidence of electronic communications seems to be very important to the survivability of this case. Mr. Dewson was ordered held unles a $100,000 bond was posted. According to the Broward County Sheriff’s website, Mr. Dewson is no longer in custody which leads us to believe that this bond has been posted.
It is worth mentioning that the 14-year-old victim has made statements to Broward Sheriff’s detectives that were later found to be untrue however the untruths appear to be attempts to protect Mr. Dewson from being prosecuted and may not necessarily weaken the state attorney’s case against him.
Just yesterday we had another sex case reported in Broward County. This one involved an organized scheme designed to either single out or convince young girls to have sex for money. The plan utilized social media sites. Specifically, the defendant befriended underage girls through casual conversation in order to learn things about them which included whether or not they would be willing to have sex for money. Those that would were singled out by the defendant who had sexual intercourse with as many as three of the underage girls. His bond was set at $100,000
Our next case this week doesn’t involve allegations of sex crime it does it did happen at a strip club. BSO deputies yes more of them in trouble again. Apparently this time a group of Broward Sheriff’s deputies were working privately for cash under the table in exchange not only for security services but also for some pretty significant perks. The pink pony strip club located in Pompano Beach must have thought that it hit the jackpot upon learning that they could extend the hours of operation well beyond 4 AM as required by all well beyond 2 AM as required by so many of the nightclubs serving alcohol in Broward County. The ability for bars especially one that is also a strip club has been a hot issue in Broward County for years. Staying open later equates to a heck of a lot more money for the club’s owners. Apparently in this most recent case the Broward Sheriff’s deputies were allowing the pink pony to stay open in exchange for money. This is tantamount to receiving compensation the deputies were receiving unlawful lawful compensation and receiving a benefit in exchange for their failing their civic duties to which they swore to uphold. Officers the officers involved are also two of alleged to have looked the other way during drug transactions and following the arrests. Following the arrests, things just seem to get worse for these officers as telephone calls were made to the potential witnesses that would testify against them. Records indicate that significant attempts were made to convince them to do otherwise by the suspected officers. It is unknown at this time as to whether or not witness tampering charges will be filed against the officers involved.
Attorney William are more has been practicing in Broward County Florida four years. He often speaks openly about recent allegations current allegations against Broward Sheriff’s deputies as well as Fort Lauderdale police officers such as in the recent Scott Rothstein case. He can be reached for comment on any issue regarding unlawful compensation of police officers by calling 954-523-5333