Mark Gold, Ticket Lawyer Who Sued Strip Club Over $18K Bill, Arrested For Domestic Violence

Mark Gold is one of the kings of Miami's lucrative traffic ticket racket. His Ticket Clinic is ubiquitous and the University of Miami law alum has reaped the benefits with a $1.5 million mansion on Rivo Alto Island. But Gold doesn't exactly seem like a happy camper. Two years ago he sued a strip club over an $18,000 bill shortly after an ex-partner sued him over a $2 million dispute.

Now Gold has been booked for domestic battery after allegedly flipping out about his fiance's Facebook page. Police found him wandering near his home with a noticeably battered face from the fight.

Gold's Ticket Clinics, with their signature yellow road signs, are omnipresent around South Florida, but not many knew the founder's name until 2011.

That's when Gold sparked international headlines by suing Goldrush Strip Club in downtown Miami. The attorney claimed he was so drunk that the club shouldn't have accepted his credit card, which was eventually rung for $18,930.

The headlines aren't going to be any more kind this time around. Police say they got a call yesterday around 1:30 p.m. about a domestic violence incident at Gold's mansion, and found Gold walking on a nearby bridge when they responded.

"The victim stated that she had just flown in from Texas and that she and the defendant had gotten into a verbal altercation over things he had found on Facebook about her," police write in an arrest affidavit. "That then escalated into a physical confrontation."

Gold hit the woman and pushed her to the ground during the fight, police say.

The attorney faces one felony count of domestic battery.

(H/T to Random Pixels.)

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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