Miami-Dade County

Miami Beach police arrest Ticket Clinic founder on domestic battery charge

Mark S. Gold, a prominent Miami traffic ticket lawyer who is suing a downtown strip club over a $19,000 bill, was arrested Wednesday on allegations he attacked his fiancée because he was upset over Facebook posts.

Miami Beach police jailed Gold, founder of the Ticket Clinic law firms, on Wednesday afternoon. The charge: felony domestic battery.

The 58-year-old was found walking near the Rivo Alto bridge after his fiancée called police to report a domestic disturbance. His face had been battered during a confrontation. According to an arrest report, his fiancée had just flown in from Texas.

At his home on posh Rivo Alto island, Gold confronted her “over things he found on Facebook about her,” the arrest report said. The argument escalated and Gold “struck her with his hand and then pushed her to the ground,” according to the report.

Gold touts himself as one of the preeminent ticket lawyers with 16 offices across Florida. The Ticket Clinic advertises heavily and he has been featured in many media stories. Gold, who was in jail Wednesday, could not be reached for comment.

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.

Gold's attorney, Christopher Lyons, declined to discuss details of the case, except to say that his client was receiving medical treatment for his injuries.

"It was regrettable that this was not a complete police investigation. Unfortunately, often, whoever calls 911 becomes the automatic victim," Lyons said. "We are confident the judicial process will bring out the truth."