Brought to you by the Law Office Of Leah H. Mayersohn: Serving clients accused of crimes in Broward County including the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Lauderdale By The Sea, North Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Sunrise, Tamarac, Hollywood Broward County is comprised of 31 picturesque cities spread across 1,320 miles on the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula. Situated between Palm Beach and Miami, the metropolitan region is home to nearly 2 million people, making it the second most populous county in Florida. It also continues to be a top travel destination for people from all over the world. Broward County residents and tourists alike enjoy a laid-back yet active lifestyle with 23 miles of white sandy beaches and a tropical climate that receives an average of 3,000 hours of sunlight every year. Broward County is a melting pot of diverse ethnicities and cultures with influences from the Caribbean islands, Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Central and South America. The area is a mix of white, Hispanic, and Black residents with about one-third of the population speaking a language other than English as their primary language.
Beach Life in Broward County
Broward County is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfronts in Florida. Each beach-side community has its own unique charm and vibe. Fort Lauderdale, the county seat, is known as the “Venice of America,” for its 300 miles of navigable Intra-coastal Waterways and inland canals. These thoroughfares provide access to the Atlantic Ocean for boats, yachts, and cruise liners. With over 100 marinas and 50,000 registered yachts, Fort Lauderdale has also become known as the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Broward County is the perfect setting for countless water-based activities, including fishing, kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, sightseeing boat tours and more. In fact, Greater Fort Lauderdale is the only place in the continental US where you can snorkel and dive on a living coral reef straight off the beach without a boat. Six beaches in Broward County have earned Blue Wave certification from the Clean Beaches Council, an organization which recognizes beaches that are “clean, healthy and environmentally well managed.” They include: Dania Beach, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Deerfield Beach, John U. Lloyd Beach State Park and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Broward County is home to more than 200 parks, lush botanical gardens, and wildlife sanctuaries.
- Hugh Taylor Birch State Park — 180 acres of waterways and lagoons, diving facilities, and hiking trails (located in Fort Lauderdale, on East Sunrise Boulevard, between the Intracoastal Waterway and SR A1A)
- The Anne Kolb Nature Center — a nature reserve featuring a variety of plants and animals, trails, amphitheater, exhibits and a 68-foot observation tower. (located in southeastern Broward County at West Lake Park in the town of Hollywood)
- Everglades Holiday Park — a wildlife preserve and theme park situated on 29 acres of wetlands in Fort Lauderdale
- Butterfly World — the world’s largest butterfly aviary home to more than 20,000 butterflies from 150 species (located in Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek)
- Flamingo Gardens — a 60 acre wildlife sanctuary, aviary and botanical garden located in the town of Davie
Beyond the sand and surf, Broward County has a wide array of cultural and entertainment driven attractions. For those who want to explore the art scene, there are a number of art galleries and museums including the Young at Art Museum, the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale,The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, the Girls’ Club gallery, the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Coral Springs Museum of Art, and the galleries in FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale’s warehouse district. For lovers of the stage, the $50 million Broward Center for the Performing Arts is a premier center for the cultural arts. History buffs can learn what life was like a century ago by visiting and touring the Stranahan House or the Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Other popular museums in the area include the Museum of Discovery and Science, the International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum, and the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.
Broward County Economy
An April 2017 job report indicated that Broward County had a o.6 percentage drop in the unemployment rate from 4.4% to 3.8%. The region boasts a thriving economy and leads job growth in South Florida with 26,400 jobs added so far in 2017. While tourism continues to be a steady source of revenue for Broward communities, there is growth in other industries such as professional and business services, education and health services, trade, transportation, manufacturing, etc. One of the strongest economic engines in Broward County and throughout South Florida is the Port Everglades, a man-made seaport that generates more than $28 billion in total economic activity. Located in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, FL, the Port Everglades serves as a leading gateway for international trade and cruise ships. Broward County is always looking for ways to renovate and revitalize its communities. In recent years, the downtown areas of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach have been spruced up becoming more attractive to young travelers and families.
Crime In Broward County
The Broward County Crime Commission has been proudly serving law enforcement as well as the community for well over 30 years. The commission relies on UCR or Uniform Crime Reporting, which was introduced back in 1939 by The International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Misdemeanors vs. Felonies in Broward County
Criminal offenses in Florida as in all states are categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. Misdemeanors are generally less serious crimes than felonies and have less serious penalties. A misdemeanor conviction carries a maximum jail sentence up to one year whereas a felony conviction can result in a year or more in state prison. County courts have original jurisdiction in all misdemeanor cases. Felony cases are heard in the Circuit Criminal Division.
Broward County Courthouses
Courthouse locations in Broward County include the main courthouse located in Ft. Lauderdale’s Judicial Complex and three satellite courthouses located in Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, and Plantation, FL. State Courthouses Judicial Complex West Regional Courthouse 201 S.E. 6th St. 100 N. Pine Island Rd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 Plantation, FL 33324 North Regional Courthouse South Regional Courthouse 1600 West Hillsboro Blvd. 3550 Hollywood Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 Hollywood, FL 33021 Federal Courthouse U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse 299 East Broward Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301 If you or a loved one are in need of legal advice, feel free to contact our office for experienced criminal defense in Broward County.