Protection lawyer accused of smuggling drugs into Palm Beach Co. jail

WEST PALM Beach, Fla. — A Fort Lauderdale defense attorney is accused of smuggling cocaine into the key Palm Beach County jail.

David Casals was arrested Friday on felony costs of trafficking cocaine, supply of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a county facility.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Place of work spokeswoman Teri Barbera claimed Casals tried to disguise authorized documents “saturated in cocaine” into the jail.

Barbera claimed Casals turned himself in and was later on released from jail soon after putting up a $58,000 bond.

Doug Rudman is a previous prosecutor and now a defense attorney. He stated the way the jail process operates when it arrives to visitation, relatives associates use movie conferencing.

“But since of the lawyer-client romance, you are offered the possibility to be in a position to visit with your shopper confront-to-deal with, strategize facial area-to-encounter, overview encounter-to-confront,” he said. 

Rudman stated that lawyers, on getting into the jail, should current their bar card and a legitimate driver’s license. He reported the Palm Seaside County Sheriff’s Office verifies no matter if an lawyer is in superior standing with the Florida Bar. 

“No question the Palm Seaside County jail is going to be looking at and revisiting its policies and processes,” he explained.  

In accordance to his profile on the Florida Bar, Casals has been working towards legislation given that 2000 and has his have firm in Fort Lauderdale.

WPTV spoke with Casals’ attorney, Michael Salnick, by phone. Salnick mentioned his shopper surrendered himself, bonded out and is pleading not guilty.