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You Come Home......To Different Furniture??

Apparently some criminals are smarter than others. In Washington, a couple came home after a vacation to find their house full of furniture they didn’t recognize. Not only did the criminal who broke into the couple’s apartment think that the couple wouldn’t notice his unwanted interior design work, the criminal also left incriminating evidence scattered throughout the apartment.

As we all know, furniture can be heavy, and the furniture swap culprit must have gotten hungry because the couple found receipts inside of empty pizza boxes inside the apartment containing his personal information, as well as a traffic ticket that had his name and address. This detailed information the furniture culprit conveniently left led to his arrest and conviction of residential burglary. The full article can be found at www.glasshalffulllaw.com. 

 

In Colorado, burglary involves an unlawful entry onto another’s property with the intent to commit a crime. A complete definition can be found here.

He's Clearly Not A Ninja Turtle

A Florida woman is facing aggravated battery charges for stabbing her boyfriend after he threatened to harm her pet turtle. Reports are not clear how many times Marie Seymour, 53, stabbed her boyfriend but she does claim that he "came after her" after making the threat. Ms. Seymour could face up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Begging the important question of who would protect her beloved turtle during her extended absence?

Ms. Seymour may have a legitimate self-defense claim if her boyfriend did in fact approach her in a manner that made her fear an imminent threat of violence. However, such a defense does not extend to the protection of pets, no matter how beloved they might be. Pets are considered to be property, meaning the defense of others argument will not apply to Ms. Seymour's actions. 

Hopefully, the turtle's shell will be enough to protect him from any further threats if Ms. Seymour does take a trip to prison. Otherwise, he may want to learn some self-defense moves. 

To read more, please visit: http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2014/11/fla-woman-stabs-boyfriend-to-defend-pet-turtle-deputies.html

Helping the Homeless Could Mean Handcuffs

Two pastors and a 90-year-old man were arrested in Fort Lauderdale for feeding the homeless in public. Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old, runs a non-profit called "Love Thy Neighbor" (you can find more information about the organization here: http://lovethyneighbor.org). Mr. Abbott and the two pastors had prepared 300 lunches to pass out to the homeless just outside of Stanahan Park. The three were only able to pass out 3 of those lunches before being arrested. 

The reason for their arrest was a new ordinance restricting charitable groups' ability to feed the homeless. Mr. Abbott and the pastors are the first to be charged under the new ordinance. The ordinance specifically restricts groups from being within 500 feet of residences when passing out food, the groups must obtain a permit or get permission from property owners, and must provide a portable restroom. As punishment, Mr. Abbott and the pastors could face a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail. 

This ordinance is not the first of its kind in Fort Lauderdale. Previous ordinances have provided one-way bus tickets under the "Homeless Reunification Program," as well as ordinances prohibiting camping and allowing police to seize personal property and store it until they individual can pay a fee.

Mayor John P. Seiler argues that the city ordinances are all done to help the homeless and that the newest ordinance ensures that "all of our public places are accessible and can be safely enjoyed by everyone." I am sure Mr. Abbott, the pastors, and the homeless population of Fort Lauderdale have something to say about that. 

To read more, please visit: http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2014/11/2-pastors-90-year-old-man-arrested-for-feeding-homeless-in-public.html

Because I'm All About That Bass….and Drugs

A Massachusetts woman was caught smuggling heroin and pain killers underneath a prosthetic butt. Yes, you read that correctly: a prosthetic butt. The woman was arrested after drugs fell out of her pants during a traffic stop. Officers noticed the woman's underwear had a hard exterior that turn out to be the fake booty used to hide the contraband. 

Officers initiated the traffic stop when they observed the car swerving over the double yellow lines and sporting an illegal tint job. After finding the bag of drugs that fell out of the woman's pants, the woman proceeded to lie about her name, scream obscenities at the officers, and state that she was a paralegal. During the booking process, the officer conducted a strip search which revealed the drug filled prosthetic butt. 

The woman is facing some significant felony and misdemeanor drug charges. Her bail has been set at $5,000 and she will likely need the full amount as bail bondsmen are few and far between in Massachusetts. I wonder if she has a booty full of cash hidden somewhere...

To read more, please visit: http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2014/10/mass-woman-hid-drugs-under-prosthetic-butt-cops.html

There's a Big Difference Between Mostly Dead and All Dead

A Mississippi man was sentenced to death after being declared "legally dead." How is this possible you might ask? Well, the man had been missing for so long (since 1987) that the court declared him dead. On Friday, the man was sentenced to death for the kidnapping and death of a 12 year-old Las Vegas girl in 2010. 

So what's the difference between "legally dead" and "all dead"? When someone is declared legally dead it means the possibility that they may still be alive exists. All dead means, well, they aren't coming back. In spite of being declared legally dead, the Mississippi man was very much alive when the police arrested him with the knife and gun that matched the weapons used to murder the 12 year-old girl. 

A kidnapping that leads to the death of a victim is one of the various federal crimes that carries with it the possibility of the death penalty. However, the man will most likely spend decades waiting for his sentence to be carried out. The Mississippi man will be on death row along with a handful of other inmates, some who have been on death row since 1993. So, I guess it may be a while before the man enters the realm of "all dead." 

To read more, visit: http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2014/09/dead-man-sentenced-to-death-for-kidnapping-killing.html

Mayonnaise: Shampoo or Condiment?

An Oklahoma City man was arrested for washing his hair in a public fountain using a rather unconventional shampoo: mayonnaise. While his choice of shampoo may seem rather odd, mayonnaise is actually an inexpensive way to restore dry and and damaged hair (visit http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/products-ingredients/mayonnaise-hair-treatment-how-to/ to learn more about mayo's benefits for your hair). 

Jorge Perez was arrested under an Oklahoma City ordinance that prohibits "swimming, bathing, or wading in fountains or the various waterways in Bricktown." A violation of this ordinance does not carry any jail time, but does come with a $302 fine. Reports suggest that Perez was initially arrested under suspicion of disorderly conduct as he did spend a day in jail. 

The unfortunate reality of Perez's situation is that he likely had nowhere else to go to use his mayo-shampoo. Many homeless individuals face the challenge of being arrested for bathing in public fountains under similar ordinances due to limited resources. While his hair may smell like a week-old sandwich, we certainly wish Mr. Perez the best of luck in finding the resources to get off the Oklahoma City streets.

To read more: http://blogs.findlaw.com/legally_weird/2014/09/man-washes-hair-with-mayo-in-public-fountain-gets-arrested.html