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What are white collar crimes?

In Florida, nonviolent crimes that are theft-related are usually felonies -- depending on the value of funds involved. However, even some less significant cases classified as misdemeanors can have serious consequences. All these crimes are known as white collar crimes, and they are frequently committed in business settings.

Anyone accused of white collar crimes may need the services of an experienced law firm that could launch an independent investigation and build a strong defense that is strategically sound. At the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey, you will find a two-attorney defense team that has extensive experience in defending the various types of white collar crimes. This includes the different types of fraud.

Mistakes to avoid if your teen is facing drug charges

It may feel like your worst nightmare is coming true: you get a call that your underage son or daughter has been arrested on drug possession or drug use charges. Even possession of prescription drugs that are commonly prescribed to many teenagers today, such as Adderall, can be a crime. 

Juvenile drug charges are particularly delicate because as a minor, your child will go through the juvenile justice system. This system is different from the adult criminal justice system and requires a qualified attorney who understands the unique challenges of a juvenile drug charge, as well as how to provide a strategic defense. There are certain mistakes you should avoid if your teen is facing drug charges. A criminal defense attorney can advise you properly on how to proceed. Here are some basic tips to keep in mind:

Florida woman warns teenagers about drunk driving consequences

A 25-year-old Florida woman speaks at schools to share her tragic story with teen drivers, hoping to convince them that driving while impaired is not cool. She tells them how one night of typical teenage fun back in 2010 -- at 17 years old -- ruined her life. Drunk driving caused the death of her best friend and robbed her of any opportunities to fulfill her dreams.

The woman says she and two friends got into the vehicle after a night of drinking beers at a campfire. She lost control of the truck, rolling it multiple times and ejecting a passenger who had been her best friend since childhood. Her friend died, and she herself spent months in and out of the hospital. An arrest and conviction on DUI manslaughter charges followed three years later, and her sentence included house arrest for two years, 23 years of probation, and a revoked driver's license.

3 crazy crime stories from Florida

If you read any headlines, you notice that there are a lot of weird criminal acts that occur in Florida. There are some bizarre crimes that seem like they can only happen in the Sunshine State.

From fighting over shrimp to napping in the middle of a burglary, here are some of the craziest crime stories in Florida.

Drunk driving charges filed after crash into light pole

When a driver in Florida is arrested for impaired driving, it sometimes comes along with a fear of the unknown along with shame and a tarnished reputation -- particularly if it is a first offense. Furthermore, the impact of a drunk driving conviction on a driver's bank balance can be severe. However, the burden of proof is on the prosecutors who will have to prove guilt to the charges in court and beyond a reasonable doubt. This is where the skills of an experienced DUI defense attorney come in.

A 29-year-old woman from High Springs will likely seek legal counsel after her recent arrest. According to a police officer, the crash occurred in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday. Law enforcement responded to the scene at about 2:30 a.m. to find a car that had crashed into a light pole. Reportedly, this happened after it jumped the curb and struck a U.S. Postal Service mailbox.

Juvenile crimes increase during hot Florida summers

With rising temperatures and the rapid approach of summer in Florida, juvenile mischief will likely be rampant. Sadly, in many cases, the mischief turns into more serious matters, and young people are arrested and accused of committing juvenile crimes. Many such arrests follow status offenses, which constitute acts that are only illegal if committed by minors.

Status offenses include alcohol consumption, truancy and violations of curfew laws. Under Florida statutes, minors are prohibited from being in public establishments or places between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day from Sunday through Thursday. Curfews are also in place between one minute past midnight and 6 a.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Juvenile crimes: When can parents be held liable?

Raising a child is undoubtedly one of the most challenging jobs there is. Parents typically correct their children's behavior constantly, hoping to have them grow up to be responsible and well-behaved teens and later adults. However, a certain level of mischief must be allowed, and the challenge is to prevent mischief from turning into crime. No parent in Florida would want to have to deal with accusations of juvenile crimes against his or her child.

While parents do not have the duty to report the criminal behavior of their children, they might want to take note of some instances in which they might be held civilly or criminally liable for crimes committed by their children. Concealing knowledge of a crime or the perpetrators could lead to a parent facing charges of aiding and abetting, or being an accessory. Parents may want to ensure their children do not play hooky from school too often if they do not wish to face truancy-related charges.

Former hospital CEO indicted on charges of embezzlement

Following an investigation that involved the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and the Blountstown Police Department, the U.S. Department of Justice revealed the indictment by a federal grand jury of a former CEO of a Florida Hospital. He faces charges of embezzlement, wire fraud and filing false tax returns. According to the indictment, the crimes alleged were committed between 2010 and 2015.

It is alleged that the accused man formed a shell company and billed the hospital for nonexistent goods purchased from this company. The payments for these invoices purportedly went to a bank account in the fake company's name, which was managed by the former CEO. The man is also accused of making purchases from vendors such as eBay, and then selling those products at significantly inflated prices to the hospital.

Can a drug conviction make you lose your financial aid?

If you are the parent of a college student, you may expect that your son or daughter will spread his or her wings and blow off some steam every now and then after leaving home to live alone for the first time. However, there is a fine line between attending a college party or two and finding yourself facing a serious drug-related criminal charge, and when the latter happens, it can present collateral consequences your son or daughter must deal with.

“Collateral consequences” are noncriminal repercussions your college student may face if he or she receives a conviction on a drug charge, and one of those collateral consequences might be a loss of student loan eligibility.

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