Indian River County Man Arrested for Suspected Rape

A 22-year man residing in the 600 block of 24th Place Southwest was arrested by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week on a charge of sexual battery. The alleged victim stated that she attempted to push the man away on several different instances once he started making inappropriate physical advances. Ultimately, the victim.. read more →

12 Dec 2018
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Indian River County Man Charged with Molesting Girls

An Indian River County man is in jail after being accused of molesting two young girls. The man, who was accused of molesting the girls on multiple occasions, was arrested on charges of lascivious molestation. Hie bail is $50,000 bail. One of the young girls told the detective that the man began molesting her when.. read more →

Video Surveillance Helps Police Make Arrest

Video surveillance showed that a man, 36-year-old Barlow Simpson, was kicked and punched nearly 30 times outside a bar in St. Lucie County. According to police records, most of these blows were delivered after he was already unconscious. When the police arrived at Filthy’s Fine Cocktails & Bar around 2 a.m., they discovered Simpson slumped.. read more →

Man Charged With DUI Manslaughter

The most common scenario for a motorcycle accident that’s caused by the driver of a passenger vehicle is when that driver makes a left turn in front of the motorcyclist. That’s what happened Indian River County recently when a 64-year-old man who was driving an SUV failed to yield the right-of-way to the driver and.. read more →

23 Nov 2018
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Death Penalty Reversed

On November 8, 2018, the Florida Supreme Court issued a 15-page opinion reversing the death penalty imposed upon Eriese Alphonso Tisdale. Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland represented Mr. Tisdle on this appeal. Mr. Garland anticipates filing a petition before the United States Supreme Court seeking certiorari review. Mr. Garland will argue that any resentencing proceeding would.. read more →

Car Chase Suspect in Indian River County Pursuit Arrested

A man in Indian River County, Florida was arrested after leading police on a high speed chase on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The entire event was captured on video. The man, who is 27 years old and resides at the 8800 block of Fifth Avenue in Sebastian, was charged with fleeing from the police, fleeing.. read more →

Florida Registered Sex Offender Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

A 54-year-old Indian River man was arrested arraigned in Michigan recently on child pornography charges. The man is a previously convicted sex offender, and it is also alleged that he had violated Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act. Michigan State Police determined that the man had contact with a certain minor on Snapchat. It is further.. read more →

Man Arrested on Weapons Charges

A 37-year-old Indian River County man was arrested last week after reportedly attacking and threatening to shoot a woman who was walking on the side of 29th Avenue. She reported that he knocked her cell phone from her hand and punched her in the face. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office reports that the man.. read more →

Suspected Drug Traffickers from Miami-Dade Arrested

An Indian River Sheriff’s Office sting operation resulted in the arrest of a Vero Beach couple on drug trafficking charges. The duo was arrested after a confidential informant ordered 60 Oxycodone pills and 2 ounces of cocaine. The man and woman were stopped in their vehicle by a K-9 Unit en route to Vero Beach.. read more →

5 Accused Killers Charged with Beating Murder Suspect

During the week ending Friday, October 5, 2018, five accused killers in the Indian River County jail in Florida now face additional battery charges after beating another inmate who was arrested during the summer. The inmate who was the victim is a 47 year old man who resides at the 4200 block of 26th Avenue… read more →

St. Lucie Deputy Arrested After Sheriff’s Officials Say He Pawned Agency Gun

A St. Lucie County detention deputy has been arrested after he allegedly pawned a .45 pistol that had been issued by his employer. He has been charged with grand theft of a firearm, dealing in stolen property and making a false verification to a pawnbroker. The deputy had worked at the St. Lucie County Jail.. read more →

Man Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Woman Outside of the Indian River County Main Library

On Friday, September 21, 2018, police of the Vero Beach Police Precinct in Florida arrested a man after he sexually assaulted a woman just outside of the Indian River County Main Library. That Friday morning, a woman went to the police to report that she had been raped outside of the library building while she.. read more →

Victim’s Parents Sue Doctor in Fatal Hit-and-Run

A Viera-based doctor is accused of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man on April 27, 2016. At the time of the alleged hit-and-run accident, the doctor was returning to her home in Sebastian after having dinner with her friend in Viera. Coming up to 104th Avenue.. read more →

Motion to Suppress Fenced Yard Wins Case

St. Lucie County deputies went to Armando Ring’s (not his real name) house on 4/5/18 to execute a misdemeanor arrest warrant for failure to appear. The deputies did not have a search warrant. As shown in the picture, Ring’s house was fenced, gated and posted against trespassers. The deputies disregarded the gate, fence and no.. read more →

Indian River Criminal Defense Attorney Defends Second Amendment Rights

The client was upset that he was denied the opportunity to buy a firearm due to an erroneous background check. He retained Jeffrey Garland to “fix it”. Garland tracked the problem to a 1976 Martin County arrest for more than five grams of cannabis. At the time, that was a felony, but the records showed.. read more →

18 Sep 2018
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Indian River Man Arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine

When on routine patrol at about 2:00 a.m., an Indian River County sheriff’s deputy discovered a pickup truck parked in a dark parking lot outside of a business named Estate Treasures in Vero Beach. The business had been closed for the day for several hours. The deputy spoke with the driver who said he was.. read more →

18-year-old charged with lewd and lascivious molestation

On Tuesday, August 29, 2018, in the Indian River County, Florida area, a teen from Gifford was arrested. According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the young man was taken into custody after being charged with engaging in sexual contact with a girl who was only 15 years old.  Based on the seriousness of.. read more →

Motion to Suppress Squelched Out-of-Jurisdiction Stop and Coerced Statement

A Seminole Police Department (SPD) officer initiated a stop for speeding on a section of State Road 721 which was inside the Brighton Reservation. The SPD officer did not catch up to the SUV until it was well off the Reservation. SPD jurisdiction exists only on the Reservation. However, the law allows an SPD officer.. read more →

Acupuncturist Accused Of Fraud By Indian River County Officials

A Vero Beach Acupuncturist is in need of an Indian River County criminal defense lawyer following her arrest on charges of fraud and racketeering. The arrest, which took place at a Vero Beach office, was the result of a two-year investigation into the billing practices of the 56-year-old acupuncturist after county officials became suspicious. The.. read more →

Indian River County Woman Arrest for Drug Possession

As patrons enjoyed a meal in a Vero Beach, Florida restaurant, they witnessed a woman outside the venue stumbling and exhibiting a general lack of coordination as she made her way to a van parked in a nearby lot. Law enforcement officers were contacted. When a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene, he found that.. read more →

Florida Man Arrested for DUI Tells Police He Was Only Drinking at Stop Signs

A Vero Beach man who claimed that he only drank when his vehicle was not moving was recently taken into custody by local police authorities and charged with driving while under the influence. He and anyone facing DUI charges will need the services of an Indian River County DUI defense lawyer. This type of assistance.. read more →

16 Aug 2018
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Indian River County Recent Criminal Arrest

On July 30, members of Indian River County law enforcement made 18 felony arrests of individuals who ranged in ages from 19 to 59. The scope of the crimes saw 11 of the 18 arrested for drug-related offenses and four others brought in on charges connected to battery of an individual. With the drug offenses,.. read more →

Bahamian Not Guilty of Lewd Computer Solicitation and Attempted L&L Battery Based on Entrapment

A St. Lucie County jury found Lane Reynolds (not his real name) not guilty of lewd computer solicitation and attempted lewd and lascivious battery on August 1, 2018. The same jury found Reynolds guilty of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. This inconsistent verdict was, Attorney Jeffrey Garland believes, based upon government entrapment and.. read more →

Suspected Cocaine Dealers Arrested by Indian River County Sheriff’s Office

Two men in the Indian River County area of Florida, who were suspected of being cocaine dealers, were arrested over the weekend. According to the arrest records, the two were nabbed by police during separate events during the weekend of Friday, July 13, 2018. The first man was arrested during a traffic stop that Friday… read more →

Twins Charged After Drugs Found During Raid of Vero Beach Apartments

Twin brothers from Vero Beach are facing an assortment of drug charges pursuant to police raids on their apartments late last week. Arrest records indicate that police discovered cocaine and at least a dozen marijuana plants. The brothers lived next door to each other on the 2200 block of 11th Avenue.  Following this arrest, they.. read more →

Dog Left in Hot Car Dies, Owner Arrested

According to the Indian River County Sheriff’s office, a 64-year-old Fellsmere man was arrested after leaving his dog in his car for almost 4 hours. The man arrived at a bar on Indian River Drive around noon. He partially rolled down the windows of the car, and then left to spend the afternoon in the.. read more →

Indian River Resident Will Not Face Charges in Shooting Death

Another controversial shooting incident in Indian River County, Florida has intensified the debate over some states’ laws regarding the right to self defense. These controversial statutes, known as stand-your-ground laws, have been dominating the media in recent years, especially since the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin at the hands of neighborhood watch volunteer George.. read more →

29 Jun 2018
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Accused Gunman in Indian River Boulevard Shooting Arrested

Authorities in Vero Beach arrested a 20-year-old man involved in a drug-related shooting last week. The man shot another 28-year-old man after the drug deal went bad, according to Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. The shooting occurred at the intersection of Greenway Trail and Indian River Blvd around 11 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office… read more →

28 Arrested in Indian River County Traffic Detail Over Memorial Day Weekend

A special DUI detail that was conducted over the Memorial Day holiday netted 28 arrests in Indian River County. Participating in the detail were the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the Indian River Shores Public Safety Department and officers from the Sebastian Police Department and Fellsmere Police Department. More than 150.. read more →

14 Jun 2018
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Indian River County corrections deputy charged with DUI

An Indian River County corrections deputy has been cited with driving under the influence by the Florida Highway Patrol. The man’s arrest report indicates that he drove his vehicle into trees at the McKee Botanical Garden when a traffic stop was attempted. The 39-year-old officer denied consuming any alcoholic beverages and stated that he was.. read more →

07 Jun 2018
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Man Faces Multiple Felony Drug Charges After Vero Beach Arrest

A 32-year-old man has been charged with at least five felony drug charges after an encounter with Vero Beach Police earlier this week. A police department spokesman reports that a K9 officer and a bicycle officer were on patrol near 1900 9th Avenue around 9:00 p.m. when they came upon the man. A search of.. read more →

Indian River Country Sheriff’s Office Nets 21 Arrests

After two weeks of undercover work, the Indian County Sheriff’s Office Vice Unit took 21 people into custody recently in a warrant sweep. Of those, 18 were nabbed for selling drugs. A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office reported that it had been involved in a number of undercover drug purchases, “and it was just time.. read more →

Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty of Trespass After Notice

Matilda Harris (not her real name) was given a criminal summons for trespass after notice on 12/13/17. A Glades County jury found her not guilty on 5/11/18. Shortly after the incident, Matilda retained Indian River County criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Garland for her defense. Garland reviewed the evidence, then filed a motion in limine to.. read more →

Fort Pierce Cops Catch Serial Car Theif

A string of auto thefts has just come to a close as Fort Pierce police finally arrested someone for the crime and brought him into custody. He is now in jail on a bail of more than $50,000. According to sources, the gentlemen allegedly stole a luxury car and several other vehicles over a period.. read more →

Accused Cocaine Dealer at Port St. Lucie Bar Busted with AR-15

A 31-year-old Port St. Lucie man was arrested on charges of selling cocaine out of 3 Olives Liquor and Lounge. John Brown, an “established cocaine dealer” as described by police, was arrested on several cocaine charges, including possession of drug paraphernalia and intent to deliver. He was also charged as a felon in possession of.. read more →

St. Lucie County Sheriff Makes Arrest in Alleged 2017 Rape

The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of a man accused of committing a sexual assault in 2017. An investigation of 48-year-old John Edward Reese began in early 2018 when a woman happened upon a newspaper notice regarding the man’s January 9 arrest for allegedly violating a curfew. Upon spotting the arrest.. read more →

Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide, DUI in Connection with September Crash

Investigators in the Fort Pierce area of Florida stated that a man who was driving drunk was going at a speed of 71 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood when he hit and killed a woman in September 2017. On Monday, March 19, 2018, police arrested the man, who is 39 years old and.. read more →

16 Apr 2018
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Two Men Face Battery Charges in Fort Pierce

Two men are facing battery charges after they allegedly attacked a man in Fort Pierce. Police say the men both attacked another man who ended up unconscious from the altercation. The man suffered serious injuries. Police say that the men allegedly knocked the victim to the ground and then punched him. They say the men.. read more →

Woman drove drunk with child, 4 flat tires in Port St. Lucie

Port St. Lucie police recently arrested a 39-year-old woman who is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol with four flat tires and a child in the back seat of her car. Police reported that the woman was observed driving at about 10 mph in a 40 mph zone. She had a.. read more →

03 Apr 2018
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Man Arrested on 44 counts of child Pornography

The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland has a great deal of experience in criminal defense for crimes involving the use of computers. When individuals are considering an attorney to handle their defense, it is imperative these individuals choose someone with the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done. Computer crimes, sex crimes.. read more →

Palmetto Man Charged in Fort Pierce Gas station Burglary

Recently, a 41-year-old man from southwest Florida was arrested in connection to a Fort Pierce gas station burglary which occurred on February 25, 2018. The suspect who lives in Palmetto, was charged with non-residential burglary and grand theft. The suspect was recognized by a Fort Pierce police detective who reviewed the surveillance video taken by.. read more →

Legal Assistance for Those Charged With Arms Trafficking

A suspect who was considered to be one of the top runners of guns to Brazil has finally been found. The 46-year-old resident of Port Saint Lucie has been charged with the smuggling of weapons and, if convicted, could face a lengthy prison term and a sizable fine. He could definitely benefit from the services.. read more →

Teenager Arrested After Social Media Threat Toward School

A 14-year-old may face criminal charges because of a threat he made using a social media platform. Law enforcement says that the treat was enough to justify taking the boy into custody. The boy may hire a Saint Lucie criminal defense attorney to help him fight criminal charges. In Florida, a 14-year-old may be tried.. read more →

26 Feb 2018
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Fort Pierce Man Arrested on Weapon, Drug Charges

Fort Pierce police arrested a man who fled from police in a vehicle and on foot. The man allegedly ran because he was trying to avoid weapons charges and drug charges. It all began when the police noticed the man driving without wearing his seat belt. Law enforcement officials say that they tried to stop.. read more →

Detectives Arrest 43 in Steak ‘n Shake Drug Bust

Over three dozen people in the St. Lucie County, Florida area were recently arrested for dealing drugs in a ring known as “Operation Big Mi-Steak.” The St. Lucie sheriff stated that the bust came after long and arduous work that began several years ago after abuse of OxyContin became a huge problem in the city… read more →

Florida Mom Found with Block of Cocaine

A woman is under arrest in Port St. Lucie after law enforcement said that they found her with drugs in her vehicle. They say the woman also had children in the car. The Florida Highway Patrol conducted the investigation and made the arrest. They say they found an entire block of cocaine in the woman’s.. read more →

Traffic Violation Leads to Weapon and Marijuana Charges in Fort Pierce

A 29-year-old Fort Pierce man was arrested recently and taken into custody after failing to come to a complete stop at the corner of North 33rd Street and Angle Road. Upon searching the man, police allegedly came across a small quantity of marijuana and $5,870 in cash. A search of the man’s vehicle reportedly produced.. read more →

Man Moved to Port St. Lucie to Pursue Relationship with Underage Girls

A man from North Carolina was arrested in the Port St. Lucie area on child molestation charges. Police reported that the individual told them he specifically moved to Port St. Lucie, Florida for the express purpose of pursuing relationships with two underage girls of 12 and 16 years of age. The man, who is 30.. read more →

05 Jan 2018
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Pizza deliveryman shoots assailant trying to rob him at gunpoint in Fort Pierce

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on the night of December 17, a 25-year-old Fort Pierce man was shot three times after he allegedly attempted to rob a 25-year-old Goodfella’s pizza delivery man. The wounded man was later arrested by local police and charged with armed robbery after being treated for a gunshot wound to the pelvis.. read more →

Pot and Paraphernalia Charges Tossed

Adolphus Stevens (not his real name) was arrested by Port St. Lucie police on 4/17/17 for possession under 20 grams of cannabis and for possession of drug paraphernalia. Stevens made the mistake, you see, of walking across a vacant lot in broad daylight in a residential area. Several minutes later, a PSLPD officer detained and.. read more →

Port St. Lucie Police Make Arrest in Burglary Spree

Legal Assistance for Those Facing Criminal Charges The police investigation of a burglary spree has led to the arrest of a 39-year-old man who had been living in Spring Hill. Facing multiple charges, he will require excellent criminal defense services, the type available from a Port St. Lucie burglary arrest attorney. Displaced by Hurricane Irma,.. read more →

Fort Pierce Teen Arrested After Fleeing Police

A teen in Fort Pierce may be in need of a Port Saint Lucie Drug arrest lawyer after being arrested Sunday. The man, who led police on a vehicular chase was arrested on five charges. Among the charges, two drug charges were included. Police reports state that the officer observed the man overshoot the stop.. read more →

Port St. Lucie Man Forces Woman Into Car at Gunpoint

A forty-two year old Port Saint Lucie man was arrested Sunday on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping. The man reportedly sent texts to the alleged victims the day before the incident. When he showed up at her house the next day, she began recording. According to officials, the man.. read more →

Port Saint Lucie Woman Charged with Grand Theft

If you have been arrested for grand theft or shoplifting, contact Port Saint Lucie grand theft attorney Jeffrey Garland. He is a trial lawyer with over 18 years of experience. He has successfully defended a number of clients on both the state and federal levels. There are a number of people who are falsely accused.. read more →

Victory in Storage Wars of a Sort

Phillippe St. Jean (not his real name) exports stuff to Haiti using 40′ shipping containers. He rents a warehouse in St. Lucie County to store the containers for short periods of time until pickup by the shipping company. St. Jean made the common mistake of trying to help out a friend in need. The friend.. read more →

Police Arrest Man After He Robs Mom and Baby

A Port St. Lucie man is going to be facing quite a bit of time after allegedly robbing a mother at gunpoint. This person has already been in jail and given a felony conviction for similar crimes. Therefore, he’ll need some serious protection and representation from a Port St. Lucie attorney. The robbery occurred after.. read more →

On Retrial After Reversal of Conviction Client Found Not Guilty of DUI

Julie Banner (not her real name) retained Port Saint Lucie criminal defense Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland for her appeal. She had been convicted of DUI and sentenced, among other things, to 120 days in St. Lucie County’s Crossbar Hilton. She was not a happy camper. Attorney Garland moved for an appeal bond to secure Banner’s.. read more →

Jury Finds Defendant Not Guilty of Videotaped Controlled Buy

Pictures do not always tell the whole story. On 8/16/17, the jury returned verdicts of not guilty on charges of sale of cocaine, and possession of cocaine with intent to sell, in just 26 minutes. Evidence showed that a detective with the Okeechobee County Drug Task Force stopped the CI on 11/14/16 for an alleged.. read more →

OK For Person With Concealed Weapons License to Carry a Concealed Firearm in Restaurant Serving Alcoholic Beverages

“Easy Rider” (not his real name) was arrested on 6/25/17 for having a concealed firearm at Earl’s Hideaway in Sebastian, Florida. Easy Rider was surprised, because he showed the Sebastian police officer his concealed weapons license. The police officer asserted that the concealed weapons license did not work in Earl’s Hideaway, because it “is a.. read more →

Fort Pierce Man Drives Himself to Hospital With Knife in His Back

Loud shouting disrupted the stillness on the 4400 block of Evergreen Avenue as tragedy and physical violence struck. A woman of 23 years of age, has been arrested and charged with aggravated battery. She’s from Fort Pierce, and she was arrested after stabbing a man in the back. The same man drove himself to the.. read more →

Man Arrested for Throwing Plate of Hot Food in Woman’s Face

A 50-year-old woman from Fort Pierce was allegedly struck twice by hot plates of food on August 25 while sitting in her car on Avenue I. After the woman stated to police that she knew the alleged assailant and told them that he lives nearby, he was subsequently arrested on battery charges. The Fort Pierce.. read more →

3 Arrested After Drug Raid in Port St. Lucie

Two men and one woman are facing a multitude of criminal charges after law enforcement executed a search warrant on a Saint Lucie home. The raid included officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other departments. At approximately 5:45 a.m., law enforcement officials approached the home to enter and look for drugs. Law enforcement.. read more →

Coral Springs Psychiatrist Arrested for Hit-and-Run Crash on Turnpike

A Coral Springs psychiatrist who tried to “paint” her way out of trouble is facing criminal charges in connection with a hit-and-run traffic crash. In view of her actions after the accident, she could probably benefit from the services of a Port Saint Lucie hit and run defense attorney. This type of legal assistance is.. read more →

Woman Burns Girl, 5, with Cigarette in Drug-Filled Hotel Room

On Friday, August 4, 2017, a woman from the Port St. Lucie area of Florida was arrested at a hotel room in Boynton Beach. The hotel room was a mess and contained a variety of drugs and drug paraphernalia. In addition, a little girl of only five years of age was found in the room.. read more →

St. Lucie Corrections Deputy Accused of Sexual Battery on a Child

A Port Saint Lucie corrections officer is fighting serious allegations that he sexually assaulted a 13 year old girl. The case came to the attention of authorities when the girl reported the assaults to a friend. The friend urged her to take action and report the assaults to an adult. A police investigation led to.. read more →

Man Arrested for Possession of an Illegal Rifle

Detectives and members of the ATF led a suspected man who illegally owns a gun into a trap by setting up an undercover operation to purchase an AR-15 style rifle with a short barrel. The Office of the Sherriff of St Lucie says that on Monday, the man from St Lucie County was arrested for.. read more →

Walmart Employee Accused of Stealing More than $30,000

A former Walmart employee faces charges of grand theft after he allegedly stole from the store. Authorities say he took more than $30,000. He’ll need a Saint Lucie County Criminal Lawyer in order to defend against serious criminal charges. Loss prevention agents at the store discovered and documented the theft. The employee allegedly held a.. read more →

Body cameras hit the streets with Fort Pierce police

The Fort Pierce Police Department unveiled a new body camera program that costs nearly half a million dollars. The department has a five-year contract for the cameras, and they’ve trained all of their law enforcement officers to use them. The move to body cameras is the result of an investigation into an April 2016 traffic.. read more →

11 Jul 2017
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Man Jailed on Child Porn Charges for the Second Time in Port St. Lucie

Allegations of internet crimes and sexual misconduct are increasingly common due to open access to computers and the internet. Cellular phones and computers can be used to disprove police allegations or be used as key parts of the evidence. When selecting a Port St. Lucie Child Porn Arrest Lawyer, it is crucial to find a.. read more →

St. Lucie Man Arrested for Human Trafficking

A man has been arrested in Port St. Lucie and has been charged with human trafficking. The arrest and charges occurred after the man promised to assist a person he believed was a 16-year old girl make money as a prostitute and stripper. The arrested man promised the person he thought to be a teenager.. read more →

Deflated Bounce House in Port St. Lucie Sends Man to Jail

It is an unfortunate circumstance that we need to protect ourselves so fiercely in our modern society. Many people find that they need some kind of legal power behind them should something catastrophically wrong happen in their lives. This is a very smart way to defend yourself against wrongful injury and damage to your finances.. read more →

19 Jun 2017
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Designated Driver Charged with Driving Under the Influence in St. Lucie County

A man who maintained that he was the designated driver for his friend ended up arrested on a charge of driving under the influence in St. Lucie County. According to the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, the arrested man was clocked by a deputy sheriff driving a pickup truck a 75 miles-per-hour in a 50.. read more →

09 Jun 2017
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DUI Conviction Reversed on Appeal

Julie Banner (not her real name) was convicted of DUI at a jury trial in St. Lucie County. Judge Yacucci sentenced Banner to 120 days in jail. St. Lucie County DUI defense Attorney Jeffrey Garland was retained to pursue the appeal. Garland immediately moved for stay of sentence and an appeal bond. Judge Yacucci denied.. read more →

Port St. Lucie Landlord Cleared of Wrongdoing

“Landlord” was arrested on 1/17/17, for trying to repair water damage to one of his rental properties. The tenants had said they were anxious to get the repairs completed, so that their children would not be exposed to mold. Turns out the tenants were a special breed of “squatters”, who specialize in avoidance of paying.. read more →

Test, Test and Test

“Fisherman” was arrested in Martin County for possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia on 12/30/16. He exercised his right to remain silent, figuring the deputy would not listen anyway. So Fisherman retained Attorney Jeffrey Garland. He turned down drug court, because he “knew” there were no drugs. Attorney Garland contacted the Indian River Crime Laboratory.. read more →

Port St. Lucie High School Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student

A Port St. Lucie chemistry teacher is defending allegations that she had sex with a student at her school. Authorities say their investigation began when school administrators tipped them off that a student reported having sex with the teacher. The teacher faces two charges that she had sex with a sixteen or seventeen year old.. read more →

Another Conspiracy to Racketeer Put to Rest

“Cowboy” was arrested on 9/10/15 in Okeechobee County on a capias charging conspiracy to commit racketeering. The long lasting drama would finally end on 5/22/17 when the charge was nolle prossed by the State. The State theorized that Cowboy had conspired with a racketeering organization, because he had supposedly purchased an “eight ball” (about 3-1/2.. read more →

Fort Pierce Man Tries to Outrun the Police

It never pays to run from police. It always ends in a disastrous situation such as a death, injury or compounded criminal charges. A recent chase ended with a man receiving multiple charges. He had run from the police in his car and then switched to running on foot after his speeding led to a.. read more →

Couple Found Passed Out With Drugs in Crashed Car with Infant

Emergency personnel received a triple surprise when they arrived at the scene of a vehicular accident in Port St. Lucie, Fla., finding inside the damaged car an unconscious couple, an infant and some drug paraphernalia. Facing multiple criminal charges, the couple will certainly require legal representation, the type available from a qualified Port St. Lucie.. read more →

Man Charged with Armed Robbery of Jewelry Store

Police arrested a man who allegedly tried to rob the LSO Jewelers in Port St. Lucie. Police say he did not act alone, but accomplices are still on the loose. The man was wearing just his boxer shorts when he was arrested. A judge has set bail for the man at $850,000. Records show that.. read more →

Fort Pierce Drug Operation Compared to a Fast Food Drive-Through

The Fort Pierce, Florida area was recently the home of a huge drug operation where enough heroin to cause 6,000 overdoses was confiscated from the streets of St. Lucie County by police in one of the largest drug busts in memory. In fact, the police deputies compared the operation to a fast food drive through.. read more →

Fort Pierce Man Arrested for Firearm Possession After Shooting

Fort Pierce police officers on foot patrol heard shots ring out while they were in the 2400 block of Avenue M. While running toward North 24th Avenue and Avenue K an officer saw a black Dodge Dart with no lights illuminated speeding off. The suspect vehicle headed southbound toward Avenue K and officers lost track.. read more →

Man on Lawnmower Arrested on Driving with Suspended License

Help for Those Who Violate Florida’s Driving Laws A man whose license had previously been suspended is in even deeper trouble after a freak traffic accident near Fort Pierce, Fla. The wreck occurred while he was driving a motorized lawn mower, although he may not have even realized that he was in violation of the.. read more →

Make Them Test the Drugs- PCR Granted, Client Released

The mother on the other end of the phone was frazzled and upset. Her baby girl had just been sentenced to prison. The mother could not understand what went wrong or why. The mother retained Jeffrey Garland on 8/2/16 to look into the matter. Attorney Garland filed the motion for post-conviction relief (PCR) three days.. read more →

DOC Guard Has All Charges Dropped

Preston Rock (not his real name) was charged in Okeechobee County with three felony charges: conspiracy to introduce contraband, unlawful compensation for a public servant, and bribery. Rock was arrested on warrants in February, 2015. All charges were dropped on 2/21/17. What happened? On 4/12/14, Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) investigators converged on the Okeechobee.. read more →

Man’s Arrest Leads to Discovery of Two Port St. Lucie Grow Houses

Vince Jones of Port St. Lucie called the police and reported that some people broke into his home, tied him up and stole several of his possessions. When the officers arrived, they found his door kicked in. Unfortunately for Vince, though, the possessions he identified as stolen were marijuana plants. The police found several more.. read more →

St. Lucie County Felony Arrests

A number of St. Lucie County felony arrest were made in the St. Lucie County, Florida area on Thursday, February 9, 2017. These arrests involved a number of people who committed a variety of crimes. A 49 year old man of the Southwest Savona Boulevard area in Port St. Lucie was arrested on charges of.. read more →

Federal officials arrest Port St. Lucie man after intercepting drug packages

A 26-year-old convicted felon from Port St. Lucie has been arrested and taken into police custody after investigators intercepted two packages addressed to him containing Ecstasy pills that originated from the Netherlands. He had been indicted by a federal grand jury for attempted importation of a controlled substance and attempted possession with intent to distribute.. read more →

Fort Pierce Man Arrested for DUI after Parking Car on Railroad Tracks

Since the 80s, society and the criminal justice system have changed to reflect a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to driving under the influence. In many states – Florida included – this means that those arrested and convicted of a DUI can expect not only hefty fines and probation but potentially more serious sanctions, ranging from the loss of their license to jail.. read more →

16 Jan 2017
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Human Trafficking in Fort Pierce

Human trafficking that involves both sex and drugs is a growing problem in many American communities. The recent arrest of two men in Fort Pierce brings the issue home to the Treasure Coast. According to the local police, a prostitution ring has been operating on the streets of Sunrise City and preying on women under.. read more →

Permanently Revoked Driver License Reinstated Unconditionally

In an earlier blog report, the tugboat captain, Blaine Masters, got his felony DWLS set aside via postconviction relief. After that, Masters hired Garland to fix his life-time license revocation. See Tugboat Captain’s Coast Guard License Saved Via Motion to Correct Sentencing Error. Turns out that DHSMV “merged” Masters’ driving histories in 2014. Apparently, DHSMV.. read more →

Felon caught with guns, drugs in Fort Pierce

Fort Pierce police arrested a 26-year-old local man on the night of December 14 on a series of charges, including drug possession and weapons possession. The man, who had previously served two years in prison, was taken to the St. Lucie County jail and arraigned on bail of $100,250. The man was first seen on.. read more →

Fort Pierce Man Arrested After Filming Up Kmart Shopper’s Skirt

Some people will try to get their jollies any way possible, and that includes using strange tactics to take videos. A Port St. Lucie man was arrested on charges of video voyeurism after allegedly doing some inappropriate filming of a young lady who was just there to shop. The report says that the offender followed.. read more →

State Cans RICO Conspiracy in Glades County

The State gave up on efforts to convict customers on a weird theory that the drug customers had become “co-conspirators” with the drug trafficking organization. All charges against Justin Jaybird (not his real name) were dropped on 11/29/16. The strange saga began with a combined DEA-State investigation into methamphetamine distribution in the middle of Florida,.. read more →

Clerk Arrested in Port St. Lucie on Theft of Lottery Tickets

A 22-year-old gas station clerk in Port St. Lucie was charged with grand theft after allegedly stealing 40 $25 scratch-off lottery tickets from her employer. She has been released on a $3,750 bond. Surveillance camera footage appears to show the woman taking the tickets from a storage bin at 7:30 a.m. and placing them in.. read more →

Young Woman in Jail After Friend OD’s

A 23-year-old woman found herself in jail last week after the man she was living with died following what appears to be a drug overdose. While no foul play is suspected, the woman was found to possess heroin and may now be facing charges. According to the police, they went to a Port St. Lucie.. read more →

Port St. Lucie Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter

A 53-year-old Port St. Lucie man has been placed under arrest in connection with the death of a stranded motorist who was standing outside of his car on the 900 block of Southeast Port St. Lucie Boulevard last weekend. A witness identified the suspect as the driver of a vehicle that sat at a green.. read more →

15 Nov 2016
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Misled Defendant Has DUI Conviction Set Aside Via Post-Conviction Relief

George Lyman (not his real name) plead no contest on 2/9/15 with the specific understanding that his driver license would be suspended for six months. Martin County Judge Darren Steele followed the plea agreement and imposed the 6-month suspension. Turns out that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) had different ideas… read more →

Drug Confiscation Lands Four in Jail

Thursday found four people behind bars following a police search on a Port St. Lucie home. The arrest occurred after police went to a home on Southeast Academy Lane with an arrest affidavit. When police knocked on the door, there was no response, so they entered the home with force. After searching through the resident’s.. read more →

Felony Child Neglect Tossed In Port St. Lucie

Darnell Compton (not his real name) was arrested on 8/27/16 in Port St. Lucie for felony child neglect. Police had been notified that a 1-year old toddler had been left alone in a car. The car was parked outside of a Walgreens store at about 2:00 A.M. The child’s mother was also arrested for the.. read more →