Any time that a child is involved in a crime committed by an adult, the penalties for the adult may be much harsher that if the child had not been present. A common example is an arrest for suspected drunk driving where the officer discovers that a child was in the car while the adult was engaged in DUI. A recent arrest in Flagler County demonstrates this point.
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Television programs often show citizens heroically preventing a robbery or theft, even when the criminal possesses a firearm. Police officers, on the other hand, will usually advise citizens to avoid confronting armed individuals who appear to be intent on committing a crime. Moreover, citizens should let police tend to the investigation of the crime scene and apprehension of the alleged criminal. An attempted robbery of a McDonald's Drive-in Titusville on Christmas night occurred recently that lead to criminal charges for one suspect.
Five Orlando teenagers recently engaged in a nighttime smorgasbord of criminal activity until they were arrested by the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The alleged crimes range from grand theft auto to minor theft. Several law enforcement offices were involved in tracking and arresting the suspects.
When police stop someone because they suspect a case of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the suspect occasionally responds with hostility and threats instead of cooperating with the police. These intemperate responses often result in more serious criminal charges. The recent arrest of a man from Altamonte Springs on charges of DUI demonstrates how the suspect's behavior can go off the rails and significantly worsen the legal situation.
The urge to flee is a common response to a confrontation with police or security personnel, but the urge should be resisted because it usually greatly expands the number of criminal complaints available to police. Two people who are alleged to have stolen merchandise from a Wal-Mart Store attempted to elude police and now find themselves facing what police described as a "cornucopia of charges."
The widespread use of surveillance video cameras in commercial establishments in Central Florida often provides clues that help police arrest suspected thieves and hit-and-run drivers. The suspect in a recent hit-and-run accident in Titusville was identified because police were able to use an anonymous tip in conjunction with surveillance video to identify and locate the suspect.
A sports bar in Orlando calls itself the "Happy Place." Unfortunately, twice in the last five months the Happy Place has been the scene of fatal shootings. The victim in the second shooting also appears to have been wounded in the earlier incident. In addition to the fatal shootings, the bar experienced another shooting incident in October, but this incident did not result in any fatalities.
Many people in Orlando and Central Florida use the internet to find people with similar interests and tastes. Some internet meetings result in friendship or romance, and some have far more tragic consequences. The recent arrest of a man suspected of murder provides an example of two men meeting for friendship and ending in violence.
Public buses are usually considered among the safest modes of public transportation in Brevard County, but a recent arrest may affect that perception. Police were recently alerted to a potentially catastrophic event by a driver who saw what she described as a "really bad" situation.
Sex crimes that involve minor children are one of the most serious kinds of criminal behavior. Police generally accord such accusations a very high priority. A south Florida man is facing such charges for sex crimes involving a 13-year-old girl.