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Police can arrest you for DUI on horseback

If you operate a car under the influence of alcohol, then the police can arrest you for DUI. However, you do not necessarily have to be in an actual automobile. Take the case of police arresting an intoxicated Florida woman who rode a horse down a highway. 

Although the above story may sound amusing, it put a significant number of people at risk although no one sustained any injuries from the event. In addition to DUI, the cops also charged the woman with animal endangerment. It is paramount that if you consume any alcohol, you avoid getting on any type of vehicle, which includes a horse. 

Former Florida bookkeeper accused of embezzlement

A former bookkeeper of a Florida company will likely be exploring his defense options after his recent arrest. This followed an investigation that has been ongoing for approximately 10 months into suspected embezzlement. The 46-year-old man worked for the company until he was terminated after becoming a suspect.

Reportedly, suspicions arose when several financial transactions, which were deemed questionable, were noticed by administrators while the bookkeeper was away on vacation in June 2017. During the ensuing investigation, credit card and bank account records were subpoenaed by detectives. Upon studying these, they claimed to have uncovered a scheme by which the accused man had embezzled approximately $1.3 million.

Child neglect and drug charges filed against Florida mother

Facing charges of any crime will cause anxiety and concern, especially if there is a child involved. Being arrested on drug charges can jeopardize a Florida mother's parental rights. If the court suspects child neglect, the consequences can be severe, even if the mother is not convicted.

Authorities in Callaway reported that they arrested a 20-year-old Bay County mother. Official reports indicate that deputies served a search warrant on her apartment on a recent Wednesday. They claim to have found prescription medication residue, marijuana weighing over 20 grams and multiple filtration devices, or bongs, that are typically used for smoking marijuana.

4 causes of big rig collisions

Driving near large trucks in a passenger car can be intimidating and even frustrating. Big rigs are massive and unwieldy vehicles that can cause some serious damage when something goes wrong. Even minor errors can result in unimaginable tragedy. If you collide with one of these commercial trucks, you are lucky if you walk away without injury.

In fact, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that almost 4,000 people died in crashes involving tractor-trailers in 2016. Here are some of the main causes and risk factors for large truck wrecks:

A guide to disorderly conduct charges in Florida

Whether you are hanging out with friends on Spring Break or enjoying a few drinks at a bar, things may get a little out of hand. One minute you are having a good time, only to be put in handcuffs the next. How can this happen?

Florida has laws protecting the peace of the public. If you do anything that may disrupt other people, you could face a potential disorderly conduct conviction

Avoid juvenile crimes charges during spring break

Many students in Florida have likely made plans for spring break. This is the time when they can do whatever they want, and at this age, with all the newly found freedom, partying might be high on the list. However, rules and laws during spring break are as strict as any other time, and disregarding restrictions might lead to juvenile crimes charges with devastating consequences.

Students might need to be particularly mindful of varying state laws if they plan to travel across state lines. The best way to avoid legal problems might be to wear seat belts whenever they are in vehicles, comply with traffic laws and -- most importantly -- avoid using drugs or alcohol before or while driving. Those who plan to use air travel may also want to hold back on alcohol use both before and during the flight. Impairment may result in a denial of permission to board, and drunkenness during the flight could lead to an arrest upon landing.

Florida IT manager faces white collar crimes charges

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement recently arrested an employee of the Department of Citrus. The 51-year-old IT manager is accused of white collar crimes that involve grand theft of state funds. A spokesperson for the Department of Citrus says suspicious activity by the accused employee gave rise to the investigation.

Reportedly, the Inspector General of the agency reported the suspicious behavior to the FDLE. An investigation followed that revealed that the accused worker used the resources of the state to participate in cryptocurrency mining. The energy consumption of these activities apparently caused his employer's utility bill to increase by 41 percent during the period Oct. 2017 through Jan. 2018.

What are the consequences of violating probation?

Probation is one possible outcome that can occur if the courts convict you of a crime or you plead guilty to criminal charges. Probation sentences carry conditions that you must meet to avoid jail and, in some cases, a criminal record. The type of probation offenders receive is dependent on the type of criminal conviction they receive. Typically, probation sentences for misdemeanor offenses are less harsh than felony community supervision requirements. 

Many people in the Fort Meyers area believe that being released in exchange for good behavior is a cakewalk. They do not realize that there are consequences for violating the rules of their probation. Take some to consider the following information on the consequences of probation violations

White collar crimes: 2 Nurses accused of defrauding patients

The prospect of spending 60 years behind bars will naturally make anyone seek legal counsel to explore defense options. Two nursing assistants in Florida may face such sentences if they are convicted of committing white collar crimes. They are accused of defrauding two patients of the home care facility by whom they were contracted. The two nurses were arrested after a four-month investigation that followed reports made to the police by family members of the patients.

Police reports indicate that the women allegedly convinced the patients to provide them unlimited lines of credit through credit cards taken out in their names with links to accounts of the patients. Credit card statements apparently showed transactions for plastic surgery, dental work, clothing, jewelry, cruises, a car engine and even rental of a Rolls Royce. Authorities say the fraudulent purchases total more than $500,000.

DUI manslaughter charges follows pickup vs. van crash on I-75

Florida drivers who are accused of impaired driving may face serious charges, especially in accidents that cause serious injury or death. There will be no time to waste, and defense options will likely be the primary concern. This might be the case for a 30-year-old driver who faces DUI manslaughter charges after he allegedly caused a fatality in a recent crash.

The arrest of the man followed after an accident on Interstate 75 in which his pickup truck smashed into a van carrying a group of baseball players and fans from a training game in Fort Myers. Authorities say witnesses reported several near-misses by an alleged reckless pickup truck driver on southbound I-75 shortly before the collision occurred. Reportedly, this happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on a recent Tuesday.

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