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What if You Can’t Pay Probation Fees?

Many people that have never been on probation are surprised to find that probation can be quite expensive. In the state of Florida, being on probation leaves the offender paying for court costs, cost of supervision, and cost of drug testing, although the frequency of drug testing is significantly higher if you have a drug offense as you will be tested more regularly. For many offenders, the cost of probation may seem crippling. Consider probation fees to be a required bill because if you do not pay, you can be violated and thrown into jail.

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A violation can only be given by a probation officer if you have the ability to make your monthly payments and you did not make them. The United States Supreme Court rules that ‘a person sentenced to probation can’t be jailed for failing to pay a fine if he or she is unable to do so.’ Factors taken into account concerning your ability to pay your fees include:

  • Employment status
  • Earning ability
  • Any existing financial resources
  • Special circumstance that affect your ability to pay

For example, you may have a job but if you do not make a lot of money and spend everything on necessities and care for your family, then it may be found you do not have the ability to pay your fees and fines.

Compared to some states, the State of Florida does offer several options to indigent offenders. When you are sentenced, a Miami criminal defense attorney helps you address any problems you may have paying for probation to the court. The judge may waive the cost of probation at sentencing or if you petition the court later. Also, your fees may be reduced by a judge. Finally, some offenders exchange community service for probation fees. When a judge agrees to community service in lieu of fees you are obligated to complete this community service or you will find yourself in violation of probation just like you would if you did not pay your court mandated fees.

Don’t get stuck in an impossible situation where there is no end in sight concerning your probation. Our criminal defense team specializes in every matter relating to probation and violation of probation. Anderson O’Sullivan and Associates is available for free consultations if you believe you need someone to defend your rights. We are available by phone at 305-379-8688 or online at www.criminaldefensefirmmiami.com.

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Cyber Crimes May Have Severe Consequences

Just last month an eighth-grade student in the state of Florida was arrested for committing a severe cybercrime. The 14-year-old-student believed he was committing a harmless prank that actually became a federal crime once he accessed his school’s computer system unlawfully. A situation that may have been easier to rectify blew up into a serious offense because when the student accessed the computer he could have tampered with state wide testing information.

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The student gained access to a teacher’s computer and change the desktop background image to a photo of two men kissing. In the mind of a 14-year-old boy (and most people), this hardly seems like a felony criminal offense. What made it a felony was that he accessed the school computer system which also had encrypted testing information on the network. The officials in the school district maintain the student did not tamper with any testing information when he accessed the system.

What seems like a simple prank turned into a criminal offense because of a wrong place, wrong time scenario. While the student was not seeking to access statewide testing information, the fact that he could have accessed it is what makes it a more serious incident. Hopefully this first-time offender will not face the full punishment of his crime and actually get into a pretrial intervention program.

Aside from this story, the news in the state of Florida has reported numerous high-profile incidents of cybercrime for the first few months of the year. A police officer has been suspended because of cybercrime allegations. Several people throughout the state have been arrested on allegations of child pornography and solicitation online. Cyberattacks have been thwarted on the schools testing systems. A high-profile law has made its way to the state legislator concerning a common cybercrime involving posting unauthorized pictures online. The news stories show no sign of ending.

As the Internet becomes more prevalent in business and personal activities, the incidence of cybercrime is increasing. According to a 2013 study, the estimated annual cost of global cybercrime is $100 billion. In a situation that is only getting worse, it is estimated that there are 18 victims of cybercrime per second, over 1.5 million victims per day, and over 556 million victims per year.

What starts as a harmless prank can easily lead to a federal offense when you are online. The best advice relating to your online activities is to stick to accounts that are only yours and never do something that you would not do in real life. A mistake is a mistake and our attorneys are able to defend high-profile cases in federal court.

If you find yourself in a situation which may involve the commission of a computer or cybercrime, never hesitate to seek the advice of a Miami criminal defense attorney. Protect your future and get the best possible outcome for your case with the help of the team at Anderson O’Sullivan and Associates. We are available by phone at (305)-379-8688 or visit us online. Your initial consultation is free.

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Common Crimes Committed by First-Time Offenders in Florida

The majority of first time offenders in the state of Florida and across the United States commit misdemeanors. Some first offenders can make a poor choice and end up facing a felony offense. If you are a first-time offender, you do have a lot of positive factors on your side.

First Time Offenders in Florida
When it is time to face a judge, a qualified lawyer will represent the positive in your life to the court and defend your lack of a criminal record for the best outcome or ruling on your case.

In the State of Florida, the most common crimes committed by first-time offenders including the following offenses:

Domestic Violence

– Public Intoxication

Assault

Driving Under the Influence

– Driving with a Suspended License

Marijuana Possession

Theft

– Fraud

– Possession of a Controlled Substance

– Criminal Mischief

– Criminal Trespass

– Shoplifting

– Solicitation

The only way to defend yourself against criminal allegations is to seek out the guidance of an attorney. What seemed like a risk worth taking at the time can turn into something you are paying for throughout the rest of your life, if you don’t have the right legal representation. From difficulty finding employment, problems continuing your education, and even prohibition from certain activities, feloniescan change your life and complicate things.

Luckily, first-time offenders are able to avoid the full effects and the full extent of the law with the right attorney. There are many factors used in determining your sentence including your ties to the community, the people willing to support you or stand for your character, and also your role in the commission of the crime.

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The state of Florida has several programs designed for first time offenders including Pre-Trial Intervention programs. PTI allows you to avoid criminal conviction with the help of your attorney. This program has strict requirements and must be followed. When the court is taking a chance on your behalf, you must follow all of their rules. Common conditions of PTI include paying restitution, completing community service, drug testing, and taking anger management classes. Once the program is finished, all charges are dropped.

If you cannot qualify for this type of program, a criminal defense attorney can help you get an advantageous plea bargain for your case. In some cases, a Withhold of Adjudication is an option for you. This means there is no admission of guilt on your criminal record and you are not considered to be a convicted felon for the rest of your life.

If you have been arrested or are facing serious criminal charges, look no further than the criminal defense attorneys at Anderson O’Sullivan and Associates in Miami, Florida. We have experience with every type of criminal offense including violent offenses and drug charges. Schedule a free consultation today online at www.criminaldefensefirmmiami.com or call us at (305) 964-8580.

How to Handle Probation and Work with a Probation Officer

Probation OfficerFirst, understand that your probation officer is the court official who is in charge of handling your probation. As such and aside from a judge’s ruling, nearly everything related to your probation goes through your probation officer. As you can imagine, your probation officer wields a lot of power when it comes to possible probation violations.

Unfortunately, not all probation officers have the time to go over every aspect of your probation terms and conditions with you.

Your probation officer might hit some of the higher points such as making sure you attend each probation meeting and pay back all of your court costs and other fees, but what about some of the other probation conditions? For example, if you’re prescribed medication, do you need to provide the prescription to your probation officer? Or, do additional arrests violate your current probation? What if it’s just a simple traffic violation?

Being unclear about the terms and conditions of your probation can lead to probation violations, but an experienced criminal defense attorney can help outline all the terms and conditions for you—as well as make sure you’re fully represented should you violate your probation.

Probation Terms and Conditions

Every state has its own probation terms and conditions, and some states have different probation terms and conditions throughout different jurisdictions. Further muddying the waters is that some jurisdictions tailor the terms and conditions of a person’s probation based on that person’s specific case, meaning, two people within the same jurisdiction and having the same probation officer actually can have varying probation terms and conditions.

Yes, it can get pretty confusing.

So, it’s important that your specific probation terms and conditions are thoroughly explained to you. Remember that no two situations are the same. So it isn’t a good idea to rely on what you’ve heard about others’ situations.

Still, we can outline some of the most common probation terms and conditions, which can include:

  • Reporting to your probation officer during every probation appointment. Of course, times vary depending on the officer, your case, and even how long you’ve already been meeting with them. For example, your probation officer might want to meet once a week for a month and then once a month after that.
  • Paying all court costs and other related fines and fees. You might have a payment plan or deadline to meet, so be sure to ask your probation officer for details.
  • Abstaining from drug and possibly alcohol use. Sometimes, this includes prescription medications, so be sure to clear any current or future prescriptions with your probation officer.
  • Attending any court-mandated classes or counseling sessions. For example, your judge might order you to attended Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcohol Anonymous (AA) meetings if your crime was drug or alcohol-related.
  • Avoiding additional arrests. Whether or not you’re guilty of the new charges, additional arrests are often counted as probation violations. Sometimes, this includes even simple traffic infractions. Play it safe and stay as far away from any activity that gives you even the slightest suspicion of illegality.
  • Not leaving the city, county, or state without your probation officer’s permission. More often than not, people on probation aren’t allowed to leave the area (defined by probation) without permission from their probation officers.

Again, these can vary by state, jurisdiction, and even person, but it’s a fairly safe bet that if you’ve violated any of these terms and conditions, or your probation officer feels you have, you’ll go before a judge for a probation violation hearing—and you’ll definitely want an experienced criminal defense attorney representing you.

Probation Violation Hearings

Once your probation officer files an affidavit of violation with the court, you’ll get a probation violation hearing.

Just as it sounds, a probation violation hearing is designed to determine whether or not you’ve violated your probation. It’s up to your probation officer and possibly the prosecutor to prove you have—or, at least provide evidence that suggests you might have—and it’s up to you and your attorney to prove you haven’t—or, if you have, provide a good defense.

Your probation officer can take you to court for probation violation, but ultimately it’s up to the judge to determine whether you actually violated your probation; however, your judge will listen closely to both sides.

Even so, you’re going up against respected court officials; simply put, it’s your word against theirs. This is why it’s so important to hire a skilled criminal defense attorney who specializes in probation violation cases such as Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates.

Would you feel comfortable enough representing yourself—or depending on a public defender already overloaded with cases—when your freedom literally is at risk? An experienced criminal defense lawyer is in Miami knows Florida’s probation laws and will provide you with the best legal representation possible based on those laws and your specific situation.

Also, if you’re found guilty of violating your probation, your criminal defense attorney might be able to file an appeal, based on your situation, or work out a plea agreement for a lesser punishment.

For example, a common consequence of probation violation is jail time; in fact, probation often is an alternative to jail time. So, if your judge has given you probation instead of jail and you violate that probation, he or she could revoke your probation and order you to serve your original jail sentence. An experienced probation violation attorney will try to get you a lesser punishment, such as additional probation time or community service.

Hire a Miami Probation Violation Lawyer

Are you afraid you’ve violated your probation and your probation officer will find out? Or, has your probation officer already accused you of violating your probation? Maybe you have a probation violation hearing coming up? Perhaps you’ve just now entered probation and aren’t clear on the exact terms and conditions?

Regardless of the situation, if you’re found guilty of violating your probation you could face additional punishments like extra probation time, community service, or even prison time.

Before taking another step, contact Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates at 305-379-8688. You’ll receive a free consultation based on the details of your possible probation violation as it relates to the specific terms and conditions of your probation.

What Happens After You’re Stopped for a DUI in Miami?

Being stopped for driving under the influence is serious. But, just because you are stopped does not mean you should go to jail. Having a drink and getting behind the wheel is not illegal, but some police officers would like to make you think it is.

In a DUI case, there are two key pieces of evidence that will make or break the case for prosecution:

  • The video of the field sobriety test
  • The urine, blood or breath sample proving the driver was over the limit

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These must be examined carefully by someone who understands DUI laws, rules, and regulations officers are to follow.

The Field Sobriety Test – Not Always Best

The field sobriety test is something a suspected DUI driver is required to perform at a DUI stop. These are usually videotaped using the officer’s dash camera. The test is videotaped, and then sent in for evidence. They can be used to show whether or not a driver can pass the test.

There is a standard set of tests used for this field sobriety test, and the results and validity of the test can only be accurate if the officer follows the strict testing procedure. A field sobriety test could get thrown out if:

  • The test was done in improper weather.
  • The test was done on someone who has physical disabilities; therefore, they were unable to perform the test.
  • The driver isn’t required to get 100% passing (no one has perfect balance).

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Lab Tests or Breathalyzer Results

The next key piece of evidence is that of the laboratory tests (blood or urine) and the breathalyzer results. It is not illegal to consume alcohol and drive in the state of Florida, but it is illegal if you are over the acceptable limit of 0.08% at the time of your DUI pullover.

There are a few issues with breathalyzer tests:

  • Most officers do the field sobriety test and do not perform the breathalyzer right away
  • The officer then transports the individual to the facility for a breath alcohol testing

Because a lot of time passes before the actual test is given, a good criminal defense attorney can have those results thrown out based on their accuracy. Also, these machines are notorious for their inaccuracy, and just showing proof of those inaccuracies could be all it takes.

Arrested for a DUI? Contact a Miami DUI Attorney

If you or a loved one was arrested for a DUI, hire a Miami  DUI attorneys that specializes in these types of cases. The team at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates can help. Contact us at 305-379-8688 for a free consultation.

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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Probation

Most people have a general idea of probation and how it works, but the facts and what you are allowed to do can vary. No two probation sentences are the same –and the judge can impose specific circumstances to your probation that makes it more complicated or easier.

Ins and Outs of Probation

Whether you are facing a probation sentence or would like to know what it is and how it works, it is best to familiarize yourself with everything that goes behind this type of sentence.

What is Probation?

Probation is a suspended jail sentence. You are found guilty and convicted of a crime, but instead of being sent to jail, you are given an opportunity to remain in the community and live your life.

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To stay on probation, you are given strict rules ordered by the courts and you are under the constant supervision of a probation officer. Some conditions you may have to adhere to include, but are not limited to:

  • Community service
  • Frequent meetings with your probation officer
  • Prohibited from the use of illegal substances or even drinking alcohol, depending on your crime and conviction
  • Being unable to live in certain locations or even be around certain people
  • Appearing in court during requested times for hearings and check-ins

The Length of Probation

Probation can vary depending on the case, the offense, and specific laws. You will want to consult you criminal attorney to determine an estimated time frame. For most people, probation lasts anywhere from six months up to three years, but it can last even longer and even last as long as life depending on the conviction, how many offenses you have, and whether or not you violate the terms of your probation.

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Understanding the Terms and Conditions of Probation

It is important to realize that probation is not a right—it is a privilege. If you are let out on probation, the courts are allowing you to stay out of jail. But, if you do not meet the terms or conditions your probation officer sets, then you may find yourself serving the rest of your sentence in jail with additional time added for the violation. You are required no matter what to report to a probation officer and follow the conditions that your officer sets forth (which follow what the court requires).

Some of those conditions may include:

  • Meeting with your probation officer at set times. Missing an appointment or even showing up late could be considered a violation.
  • Appearing for future court appearances.
  • Paying fines to the court or restitution to the victims of your crime.
  • Avoiding specific people, places or even relationships.
  • Avoiding traveling outside of the state of Florida without permission from your probation officer. You may also be required to stay within the city or county.
  • Obeying all laws and not being ticketed for any violation. Even a minor offense such as jaywalking could put you back in jail.
  • Not drinking, using specific medications (unless prescribed by a doctor) or using illegal substances of any kind.
  • Submitting to regular drug and alcohol testing.

These conditions are to ensure you remain a good citizen of the community while you are in public. Also, the conditions will be tailored to your crime. For example, if you were arrested for drinking and driving, then you may have to submit to regular drug tests and you may be prohibited from drinking any alcohol while on probation. For gang-related offenses, you may be required to stay away from certain parties or even move away from gang-affiliated neighborhoods.

Some courts may require you to go through rehabilitation, counseling or even register as an offender. The additional conditions depend on the crime and if you have a previous record.

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The Types of Probation May Vary

There are different types of probations ordered, and they can be issued at the judge’s discretion. Some of the most commonly issued types of probation include:

1.    Unsupervised Probation – During this probation you are not under the supervision of a probation officer. But, you still have set conditions from the court that you are required to follow by yourself. This is usually assigned to less serious crimes, such as petty theft. It is sometimes referred to as “informal probation.”

2.    Supervised Probation – Under this type of probation you are checking in with a probation officer and you will have the conditions similar to the previous section. Your check-in appointments will vary depending on the terms and the duration of your probation sentence. At first you may be required to check-in weekly, but after that it may just be monthly phone calls.

3.    Community Control – This is a supervised probation that requires your every movement to be monitored. You are usually under house arrest and an ankle monitoring device is placed on you. The device is used with GPS information to make sure that you stay at home or only leave to go to court-allowed locations.

4.    Shock Probation – This occurs when a person is sentenced to and serves a small amount of time in jail. Then, he or she is released on probation. The theory is that they are shocked into following the conditions of probation because they will not want to return to jail.

Probation Violations are Serious

Violations are up to your probation officer and the courts. If you do break any of the conditions of your probation, then your probation officer will have the discretion to just give you a warning or require you to attend a probation violation hearing with a judge. During that hearing the judge will listen to the conditions you violated, and may increase your probation time, add fines or even revoke your probation and put you in jail for the rest of your term. If the violation is serious, then you could have additional months or years added to your jail sentence.

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Are You Facing a Probation Hearing?

A probation violation is a very serious offense. If you are facing a probation violation hearing, then you need to contact a criminal attorney right away. The Miami probation violation attorneys at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates can help you with your criminal case as well as any probation hearings you may attend. By having an experienced attorney by your side, you may be able to reduce the chances you will return to jail, especially for minor or innocent violations. Contact us today for a no obligation consultation.

Legal Defenses Against Assault and Battery

Defenses you can use against assault and battery charges depend on a variety of things – and you should always use a skilled criminal defense attorney before assuming you have a valid defense. This is because the case against you can be straight forward or complex, and only an attorney can decide the best defense approach.

Assault and Battery

But, there are some common legal defenses used in these types of cases.

Self-Defense

A common defense to assault and battery is self-defense. This is one of the most common defenses and to establish you were acting in self-defense, your attorney must:

  • Prove that there was an unlawful harm against you;
  • Prove that you had an honest, reasonable fear or perceived fear;
  • Prove that you did not start the fight or start with the intent to harm anyone;
  • Prove that there was no way for you to escape or retreat without engaging in violent force.

You Were Defending Someone Else

You may have a defense against assault and battery if you were acting in a way that protects others. But you must prove that there was a legitimate risk of life or fear for another person’s life that caused you to assault the other person. For example, a man threatens your date and holds a knife to her – that is a justified cause to engage.

Consent

While rare, you may be able to use the defense that the other person consulted to the assault. These types of situations mean that the actions the other party took gave you a legitimate assumption that they were inviting assault or retaliation. But, even if you were engaging in consensual behavior, if the amount of violence on your half goes beyond what is expected for the situation, you could still be held liable for any injuries or harm.

Arrested for Assault and Battery? You Need a Criminal Attorney Right Away

Assault and battery is as serious allegation. If you are convicted, you could spend several years in prison and the criminal record alone could ruin your future. If you have been arrested, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Contact the team at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates right now for a free consultation. We can help defend your assault and battery charges and protect your rights.

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Can I Refuse a Sobriety Test?

If you are pulled over for driving under the influence and the police officer requests a field sobriety test, can you refuse? While you may think it is within your right to refuse that test, it could do a lot more harm than good.

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Voluntary denial of a sobriety test could be seen as an admission of guilt and give the police officer a right to arrest you, even if you are under the legal limit.

Implied Consent Applies

In the state of Florida, you are required to take a blood, breath or urine test if requested by the police. This is because Florida (and many other states) have “implied consent” laws. If you are lawfully arrested, and the officer has probable cause to believe you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then you imply your consent to be tested. Also, police officers can require you to take more than one test, such as a breathalyzer and then blood test.

It is possible to be arrested in Florida for a DUI without driving. If you have any form of physical control over the vehicle, such as being passed out behind the wheel with the ignition off, but keys in your hand, you are guilty of operating a vehicle while under the influence.

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Punishment for Refusing a Test

If you still choose to refuse a test, then you may lose your license for one year if it is your first offense. If you refuse a second time, then you could lose your driver’s license for up to eighteen months. You could also face other consequences, such as jail time, fines and more.

While the courts cannot legally force you to take any type of test, the courts make sure that you receive punishment for doing so.

Should You Take the Test?

Even if you know you are going to test positive, it is in your best interests to cooperate with the police and take any requested tests. Because the punishment for refusing the test are so severe, if you have not been drinking or you are under the legal limit, then you could save your license.

Don’t Want to Take a Sobriety Test? Call a Lawyer First

Do not refuse a sobriety test or take one without calling a lawyer. If you insist on refusing this test, your attorney can advise you of your rights as well as make sure the police had probable cause to arrest and test in the first place. Contact Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates today for a consultation.

Can You Be Arrested for Bouncing a Check?

Bouncing CheckMost times, a consumer bounces a check and it is an accident. That consumer then works hard to rectify the situation, whether that is paying a bounced check fee and late fee with the creditor or doing something else to pay the account. With today’s digital banking age, it is a lot easier to bounce a check because creditors can cash a check without ever stepping foot in a bank.

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The Legal Issue with Bounced Checks

There are penalties for bouncing checks, but it is important to realize the penalties apply to those who bounce multiple checks. If you bounce a lot of checks or purposely write bad checks, you could face two different types of penalties: criminal and civil.

With civil penalties, you may be forced to pay the victims of your bounced check scheme retribution, pain and suffering. That could be the amount of the check you bounced, plus attorney fees, and additional funds for suffering.

On the criminal side of things, you may be prosecuted for writing those bad checks. A bounced check only becomes a criminal issue when prosecutors can prove that you wrote those checks with the intent to defraud someone.

In most cases, bounced checks rarely go to court.

Check Fraud is Serious

Check fraud is illegal; therefore, if you are arrested, you could deal with serious consequences.

To be convicted of check fraud, prosecutors must prove that:

  • You wrote the check with the intent to defraud or deceive the recipient;
  • You actually wrote the check and it wasn’t someone who stole your identity;
  • You wrote the check knowing you didn’t have the funds;
  • You knew that the check would not clear once cashed.

Post-Dated Checks are Not Fraud

When you post-date a check and someone accepts it knowing it is post-dated, it is not considered check fraud. This is especially true with payday loan companies. These payday loan companies will try to tell you that if you do not pay the loan, you can be arrested for check fraud because your post-dated check bounced. This is not true. Payday loans have a different set of laws. Because they accept the check knowing it will not clear and knowing you do not have funds, you are not committing check fraud. But, you could still be sued in civil court for defaulting on a loan agreement.

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Arrested for Check Fraud? Hire a Criminal Attorney

The penalties for check fraud often depend on what other crimes you may have committed. In most cases, prosecutors will add more charges than just check fraud, which is why you need an experience Miami criminal defense attorney. If you are arrested for check fraud or another white collar crime, contact Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates immediately for a consultation.

Top 5 Silliest Crimes of 2014

You hear about them on the news sometimes, while other times they don’t make national headlines. But, there are some rather funny crimes out there. While every crime is serious, these are ones that make jurors and attorneys alike ask themselves “why?”

Miami Crimes 2015

In 2014, there were quite a few ridiculous crimes committed, but these top five were definitely notable.

#5 Candy Fun

Robert Durst, a 71-year old millionaire, was found guilty in 2014 for pulling down his pants and urinating on the candy aisle of his local CVS pharmacy. Not only was there no discernable reason for his doing so, but now he will have to suffer with a criminal record.

#4 Couple Busted

A couple decided to have some St. Patrick’s Day fun in public just behind a dumpster in Delaware. Not only did they decide to have intercourse in public, but then someone caught it on their camera and uploaded the picture to their Instagram account. Police used the Instagram photo to locate and arrest the couple.

#3 Drinking Behind the Wheel

In Florida, a 60-year old woman by the name of France Riney, was charged with a DUI when she decided to sit down and take a few swigs of vodka behind the wheel of her parked car. But, she wasn’t caught in the act – she decided to sit down and do this in front of a police officer while they were trying to question her.

#2 Special Treat

A Maryland teen had made himself some special brownies using marijuana. While eating them in class, he was approached by his teacher who asked if he would share. Nervous, the teen obliged. Once the teacher realized what type of brownies she was eating, the student was arrested and charged with a juvenile count of administering a dangerous substance, reckless endangerment and assault on the teacher.

#1 Turning Yourself in Via Social Media

Anthony J. Lescowitch, Jr assaulted a man and stole his ATM card then escaped. He would have gotten away with the crime most likely. While the police had a picture of the suspect, they did not know who he was. The police had shared the image on social media asking people to contact them with any information on the suspect.

Lescowitch decided to post the photo on his own Facebook with an obscene comment – instantly tagging the police department and letting them know he was the suspect.

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Hire a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney

While there are silly crimes out there, many crimes are very serious, and facing them alone could put you in a not-so-funny situation. If you or a loved one is arrested for a crime, click here contact the Miami criminal defense lawyers at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates now.