Ticket Clinic founder will not face domestic violence felony

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

Mark S. Gold, the prominent Miami Beach traffic ticket attorney who founded the lucrative Ticket Clinic law firm, will not be prosecuted for felony domestic battery.

Prosecutors on Friday declined to file any charges against Gold, who was arrested by Miami Beach police in October.

"Mr. Gold would never strike a woman," said his attorney, Christopher Lyons. "He looks forward to enjoying the holidays with his family and focusing on his highly successful business."

Gold’s fiancée told police that Gold, during an argument at his posh Rivo Alto Island home, “struck her with his hand and then pushed her to the ground.”

But Gold — whose jail mugshot shows a heavily battered face — claimed that the woman attacked him. Prosecutors decided that they could not prove the domestic battery charge, especially because she "had prior incidents of violence toward others."

The woman also told prosecutors "she would like the incident to go away."

Gold touts himself as one of the preeminent ticket lawyers with 16 offices across Florida, and other states. The Ticket Clinic advertises heavily and he has been featured in many media stories.

Last year, Gold made worldwide headlines after suing the downtown Gold Rush strip club, alleging that servers plied him with drinks and rang up $19,000 on his credit card in one night. The suit is ongoing, court records show.

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