Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: Area Served by South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

Lauderdale by the Sea criminal defense attorney

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a small town located on the east coast of Broward County, Florida, with a population of 6,199 people. It is just north of Fort Lauderdale. 


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea has an overall crime rate of 21 per 1,000 residents. The city averages 6 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, annually. Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and assault. With a yearly average of 15 violent crimes and 122 property crimes, the city sees a total of 137 crimes.


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Crime data from Florida Department of Law Enforcement:


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Average Annual Crime Rates

Violent Crimes Property Crimes
  • Murders: 0
  • Rape: 1
  • Robbery: 8
  • Assault: 6
  • Burglary: 17
  • Theft: 91
  • Grand Theft Auto: 12









The total crime index for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is 135. From 2017 to 2018, the crime index increased about 2%. The crime rate was 2,178 per 100,000 people in 2018, which was a 2% increase from 2017. 


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Why you need a Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Criminal Attorney:

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a small South Florida beach town with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office exercising jurisdiction over the town to monitor and control crime. 


If you have been arrested in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the best way for you to get a positive outcome in your case is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. That’s where Rossen Law Firm comes in. Our attorneys have an extensive past working alongside BSO deputies and the State Attorney’s Office to get great resolution for our client’s cases. 


Between taking depositions of officers and negotiating favorable plea deals with state prosecutors, our office knows when to push for something we believe our client deserves. Beyond that, our award-winning attorneys work with the court and judges every day to move our client’s cases along - filing and writing motions and attending hearings. 


If you are curious to see what Rossen Law Firm can do for you and your case, call us today at 754-206-6200 or 754-999-2499 to set up a free strategy session.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Law Enforcement

Lauderdale by the sea police station - if facing criminal charges you need a Lauderdale by the sea criminal defense attorney
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea BSO district

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Police Department

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea managed its own police department until March 2001, when the Broward Sheriff’s Office contracted with the town to provide law enforcement services. 


If you are looking to search for sexual offender and predator information in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, or anywhere in South Florida, you can do so at the system created by Florida Department of Law Enforcement


Sheriff’s Office for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 

The Broward Sheriff’s Office took over law enforcement in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in 2001. BSO is led by Sheriff Gregory Tony, who was sworn in January of 2019.


BSO’s Lauderdale-by-the-Sea district Captain Thomas Palmer directs a staff of nearly 30 law enforcement employees. This includes 19 sworn police deputies, three sergeants and Executive Lieutenant Bill Wesolowski. The Lauderdale-by-the-Sea district offers a C.O.P. (Citizen Observer Patrol) program in which local residents volunteer to help BSO prevent crime. Volunteers conduct patrol activities, check on unoccupied residences and elderly/home bound residents upon request, and report potential issues and neighborhood hazards to BSO. 


Broward Sheriff’s Office District 13 - Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

4513 Ocean Drive

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308


Phone: 954-640-4240

Captain: Thomas Palmer

Email: [email protected]


Outside of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, the Broward Sheriff’s Office also handles incidents and offers support to the Dania Beach district.  


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 Unit

BSO handles the issue of Driving Under the Influence with the DUI Unit, which incorporates the DUI Task Force, DUI/Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT), and BAT Video. The DUI Task Force works to identify and apprehend impaired drivers and boaters, as well as assisting other law enforcement agencies and promotes support groups including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD). BAT centers use the Intoxilyzer 8000 to test for evidence of alcohol and provide technical support during the processing of arrestees, while BAT Video staff collect video footage of offenders and teaches Florida prosecutors on issues regarding forensic breath alcohol testing.

BSO’s DUI Unit includes:

  • Yvette Washington 
  • Joshua Sapp    
  • Brittany Armstrong      
  • Sean Strazalkowski
  • Steven Serphos

Visit the Broward Sheriff’s Office website to learn more about their special units.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Court System

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 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 Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

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. 


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 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


Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Town Commission Information

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s government includes Mayor Chris Vincent and 3 town commissioners: Buz Oldaker, Randy Strauss, and Edmund Malkoon. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s town manager is William Vance.

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Town Hall

4501 N Ocean Dr

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308

Town Clerk: Tedra Allen
Phone: 954-640-4236
Email: [email protected]

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