HOLLYWOOD: Area Served by South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

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Hollywood is a city in Broward County, Florida, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami. The last estimate of Hollywood’s population was about 154,823 people, as calculated in 2019.  


The number of violent crimes that occur annually in Hollywood is about 363. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and assault. Property crimes include burglary, theft, and grand theft auto. Violent and property crimes combined increase the number of annual crimes in Hollywood to about 4,706. Hollywood is safer than 14% of U.S. cities but is also considered to have a higher crime rate than 74% of Florida’s cities and towns of all sizes.


Hollywood Crime data from Florida Department of Law Enforcement:

Hollywood Average Annual Crime Rates

Violent Crimes Property Crimes
  • Murders: 5
  • Rape: 37
  • Robbery: 109
  • Assault: 212
  • Burglary: 520
  • Theft: 3,253
  • Grand Theft Auto: 570








The total crime index for Hollywood is 4,706. From 2017 to 2018, the crime index decreased about 8%. The crime rate was 3,158 per 100,000 people in 2018, which was a 9% decrease from 2017. 


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Why you need a Hollywood Criminal Attorney:

When arrested by the Hollywood Police Department or Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Hollywood, charges are passed on to the State Attorney’s Office for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit. 


Rossen Law Firm works closely with the state prosecutors to get the best possible outcome for our clients. Our incredible criminal defense attorneys, led by Adam and Manny, are experienced with the office and its prosecutors and are able to work with them to negotiate a dismissal, diversion program, or plea deal that gives our clients the second chance they need. 


Rossen Law Firm is ready to do the work, scheduling depositions, writing and filing motions, and arguing those motions in court every day. Our attorneys and staff are ready to fight for your case, starting with a free strategy session that can be set up today by calling 754-206-6200 or 754-999-2499.

Hollywood Law Enforcement

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Hollywood Police Department

Hollywood Police Department

Within the city limits of Hollywood, the Hollywood Police Department has jurisdiction. 


Hollywood Police is the biggest police department in Broward County, but their officers do not have or wear body cameras. The local police department has a Criminal Investigations Division that is responsible for doing investigative services for crimes such as homicides, robberies, sexual assaults, child abuse, domestic violence, and animal neglect/abuse cases; as well as property crimes such as burglary, arson, theft, and fraud. 


The Hollywood Police Department has multiple divisions including: uniformed patrol officers, a K-9 unit, traffic enforcement units including DUI patrol, and a traffic homicide unit. The department’s special teams include: a dive team, beach/marine unit, a street crimes unit, a SWAT team, and a Vice, Intelligence & Narcotics (V.I.N) unit responsible for carrying out undercover investigations when related to narcotics.


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Hollywood Police Department

3250 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, Florida 33021


Phone: 954-764-4357

Hollywood Police Chief: Chris O’Brien


Sheriff’s Office for Hollywood

Outside the city limits of Hollywood, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office handles complaints, arrests, pressing charges, and more. 


Sheriff Gregory Tony oversees BSO. The Sheriff’s Office has 16 districts. BSO’s services include a Child Protective Investigations Section, a Civil Division and a Department of Law Enforcement. In addition to road patrol and other operations, special BSO units include a Bomb Squad, a K-9 (canine) unit, School resource deputy unit and more. Community programs including drug court, in-custody behavioral services, probation division, employment services programs, and more. 


BSO also supports texting to 911 if calling is not an option. 


    Broward Sheriff’s Office - Headquarters

2601 West Broward Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


Phone: (954) 831-8901

Sheriff: Gregory Tony


Broward Sheriff’s Office DUI Task Force

The Broward Sheriff’s office contains a DUI Unit that specializes in the control and prevention of driving under the influence of Alcohol and Drugs. This specialized unit possesses three separate divisions that include the DUI Task Force, DUI/Breath Alcohol Testing (also known as BAT), and BAT Video. Within each division there are specially trained deputies who work together to enforce DUI Laws, process individuals who are arrested for DUIs, and aim to increase the knowledge surrounding the issues that arise when one drives under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.


BSO’s DUI Unit includes:

  • Yvette Washington 
  • Joshua Sapp    
  • Brittany Armstrong      
  • Sean Strazalkowski
  • Steven Serphos
 To learn more about Broward’s sheriff’s special units, visit BSO's website.


Hollywood Court System

Hollywood Courts are part of the 17th Judicial Circuit, which encompasses all of Broward County. Any cases that are appealed are handled in the 4th District Courts of Appeal in West Palm Beach. 


There are four Broward County Courthouses. The Central Courthouse, North Regional Courthouse, South Regional Courthouse, and West Regional Courthouse are collectively referred to as “the “Broward County Courthouses.” 


The Broward Court System has a total of  90 judges and 11 magistrates. The Chief Judge, Jack Tuter, was first elected in 2017. 


Main Courthouse

201 S.E. 6th Street,

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301


North Regional Courthouse

1600 West Hillsboro Boulevard,

Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442


South Regional Courthouse

3550 Hollywood Boulevard,

Hollywood, Florida 33021


West Regional Courthouse

100 North Pine Island Road,
Plantation, Florida 33324


Cases handled in Court from Hollywood

Court hearings held at regional courthouses include county civil, misdemeanor criminal, and traffic cases. In Hollywood, these types of cases are held at the South Regional Courthouse


Broward’s Main Courthouse handles many types of cases, including: circuit civil, county appeal, felonies, county civil, county criminal, domestic violence, misdemeanor and felony mental health and drug court, unified family court, probate and guardianship, foreclosures, juvenile delinquency, dependency and traffic cases. 


Rossen Law Firm defends misdemeanor and felony criminal cases including: DUI, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, petit and grand theft, fraud,  trespassing, domestic violence injunctions, drug possession and trafficking, burglary, robbery, criminal mischief and sex crimes. 


Hollywood Jails or Detention Centers

The Broward Sheriff’s Office manages 4 different jails:

Main Jail Bureau
555 SE 1st Ave,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Joseph V. Conte Facility
1351 NW 27th Avenue,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069


North Broward Bureau
1550 NW 30th Avenue,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Paul Rein Detention Facility
2421 NW 16 Street,
Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Hollywood City Commission Information

Hollywood’s city government includes Mayor Josh Levy and 6 city commissioners: Caryl S. Shuham , Peter D. Hernandez, Traci L. Callari Kevin D. Biederman, Richard Blattner and Linda Sherwood. Hollywood’s City manager is Dr. Wazir Ishmael. The City Commission appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and members of City Boards and Committees. They are responsible for: adopting an annual budget, approving bargaining unit contracts for employees represented by labor unions, approving ordinances, laws, and resolutions, setting municipal service levels, and setting policy.

Hollywood City Commission

2600 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, Florida 33020


City Clerk: Patricia Cerny
Phone:  954-921-3211
Email: [email protected]g

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