Airport Crimes in South Florida
Since 9/11, security at airports throughout the United States has increased dramatically. As a result, no tolerance policies have replaced common sense during investigations into any security breach or criminal offense that occurs at the airport.
The most common offenses include carrying a concealed weapon or firearm through a security checkpoint, drug smuggling, drug possession, marijuana possession, theft, disorderly conduct, and driving under the influence (DUI) on airport property.
If you were arrested for a crime at an airport in South Florida, then contact a criminal defense attorney at McLaughlin Morris, P.A.. We are experienced in representing clients after an arrest at any of the local airports including:
- the Miami International Airport (MIA);
- the Palm Beach International Airport (PBI); or
- the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).
With offices in Delray Beach in Palm Beach County and Miami in Miami-Dade County, we represent clients charged with a wide variety of state and federal crimes. Call (561) 404-0529 for a free consultation to discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Statistics for Crimes at the Airport
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently wrote an article about security issues related to bringing firearms, knives, and other types of prohibited items into airports across the United States. According to TSA, the statistics in 2014 shows that more than 2,212 guns were discovered in carry-on bags. According to TSA, 83% of those cases involved loaded firearms compared with 17% unloaded firearms.
Three of the top ten airports for the discovery of firearms were located in Florida including: Tampa International Airport (TPA), where 49 firearms discovered; Orlando International Airport (MCO), where 47 firearms discovered; and Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), where 49 firearms discovered.
The number of firearm discoveries has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. In fact, in 2005 only 660 firearms were discovered compared with more than 2,000 in 2014. The number of discoveries increased 22% since 2013 alone. Other prohibited items seized included razor blades, knives, and stun guns.
Types of Criminal Offenses at the Airport
The most commonly prosecuted offenses at the airport include:
- carrying a concealed firearm or dangerous weapon;
- possession of marijuana;
- possession of controlled substances;
- drug smuggling;
- shoplifting and theft;
- disorderly conduct; and
- driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) on airport property.
Although most crimes are prosecuted in state court, some of these crimes are prosecuted in federal court. Federal law prohibits interfering with a TSA official under 49 U.S.C. § 46503 and 49 C.F.R. § 1540.109 and entering a secure area without submitting to screening under 49 C.F.R. § 1540.107.
Criminal Defense Attorneys for an Airport Offense
If you were arrested or cited for a crime at an airport in South Florida, including the airport in Palm Beach, Miami, or Ft. Lauderdale, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at McLaughlin Morris, P.A.. From misdemeanor firearm charges to felony charges for drug smuggling, the attorneys at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. can help you mount an aggressive defense.
Call (561) 404-0529 today for a free consultation. We can begin your defense today.