Wednesday, March 07, 2012
LaBelle's Judge Sloan - What's Going On Here?
LABELLE, FL.-- A look over County Judge James D. Sloan's sentencing of one LaBelle repeat offender from 1993 to 2005 provides some clues about criminal activity and punishment in western Hendry county, and how taxpayers bear the cost for jail incarceration, court personnel, and tax payer provided defense attorneys, as crime increases.
(Photo: Hendry County Judge James D. Sloan)
Bryan Scott Boyle, a repeat offender of traffic laws, violation of probation, and an alleged drug user has been before Judge Sloan's court maybe more than anyone since 1993. And has received more than one "second chance" to clean up his act.
Note: Bryan Boyle released from Hendry jail Monday, March 5th on $4,000 bond on felony charges of possession of of drug equipment and methamphetamine. Boyle was arrested December 28, 2011. The State has filed a motion to increase the bond. Judge Sloan released him to house arrest on February 13th, but he was re-arrested three days later for violating the terms of his house arrest.
Boyle has an official arrest and driving record going back to January 5, 1993 when he was charged with careless driving. In February he paid the court $57 for that infraction. In April, 1993 he paid $27 for a seat belt violation.
In January 1995 Boyle was back in court for possession of alcohol by a minor and contempt of court. Judge Sloan withheld adjudication. Boyle paid the court $328.75.
In March 1995 Sloan and Boyle met in court again, this time for driving under the influence. Boyle was given a suspended license, his vehicle impounded for 10 days and drivers school mandated. Also, Sloan put him on 9 months reporting probation and 50 hours community service.
In August, he was violated for probation violation, he didn't finish traffic school. He posted a $985 cash bond to get out of jail. In November he failed to appear in court. He was arrested again and in December, 1995 paid the court $730. In January, 1996 Boyle paid the court another $125. In May, 1996 he finally completed DUI School.
In June 1999 Sloan dismissed a No Fishing License charge against Boyle.
In October 2000 Boyle was summoned to court again, this time for child support and contempt of court. Judge Cary again handled this one.
In November 2000 Sloan and Boyle met again in court, this time for reckless driving. Sloan let Boyle out of jail on $201 bond. Boyle didn't show up for court and his bond was forfeited. Boyle plead no contest to the charges, but Sloan withheld adjudication. Boyle paid $401 to the court.
In November 2000 Boyle and Sloan got together again in Court, this time for driving with no tag. Sloan again withheld adjudication and gave him 60 days probation.
In January 2001 Boyle was again before Sloan, this time on an animal control violation. An unknown fee was assessed.
May 2002, Sloan greets Boyle again in court for battery and criminal mischief charges. Sloan sets bond to get out of jail at $850. Sloan withholds adjudication on criminal mischief charge and the state drops the battery charge. Boyle pays $151 court costs.
In June Boyle gets arrested for driving with a suspended license in Clewiston. He gets probation again from Sloan and once again fails to follow the sentence, this time by not paying a $426 fine, and is arrested again. He gets out, and in January violated probation again and is arrested.
In April 2003, he fails to appear again in court and is arrested again. In August, Boyle pays Sloan's court $730 and is free.
Sloan dismisses a failure to obey traffic device charge against Boyle in July, 2002.
September, 2003 Boyle is stopped and doesn't have his driver's license, is not wearing seat belt and gets ticketed. Sloan suspends his license when fine of $64 was not paid. Boyle finally pays the fine in March, 2004.
March 2004 Boyle charged with permitting use of vehicle with defective equipment. Sloan withholds adjudication and reduced court costs from $48 to $5. Boyle doesn't pay and his license suspended in May. He finally pays the court in July.
He's also arrested in March for driving with suspended license and contempt of court. Sloan assesses his costs at $473. Boyle again doesn't pay and is arrested again in May. Boyle pays $606 in July to the court.
In April, 2004 Boyle is arrested for driving with suspended license and given six months probation by Sloan. In December he's found guilty of violation of probation. Boyle pays $125 in costs in January 2005.
In May 2004, he's charged with an expired tag (more than 6 months) and assessed $48 by Sloan. Boyle once again doesn't pay and his license in suspended in January 2005. He doesn't pay the fine until October, 2005, almost a year and a half after the violation.
February, 2005 Boyle is charged with no insurance. Sloan fines him $71.50. License suspended when he doesn't pay. Boyle pays in October.
He's also charged with no tag. Sloan sets fine at $71.50 but two weeks later reduced it to zero and dismisses case.
He's ticketed again in February for habitual driving without a license and found guilty and given six months probation and fined $505 by Sloan. It has not been paid back yet according to the Clerk's online docket.
He's arrested again in March 2005 for habitual driving with suspended license and the case is assigned to Judge Frederick Hardt and later Judge Mark Steinbeck. He's gets out of jail on $1,000 bond. In May Boyle's guilty and gets two years probation and $570 fine and costs.
In June he's arrested again for violation of probation and gets out of jail on $5,000 bond. Judge Edward Volz gets the case but in August Judge Sloan ultimately gets the case. Fines and costs are assessed at $595 but only $29.50 has been paid.
Sloan "waived" the court costs and fine to a "civil lien", which means a judgment is filed for the amount, but it is not in his court jurisdiction to collect anymore. A collection agency is hired by the clerk of the court to collect civil liens, adding a 40% fee.
So far, it has not been collected from Boyle and the amount due is now $791.
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