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Some non-violent juvenile crimes in Florida could be expunged

Facing criminal charges is harrowing, and the consequences of a conviction can be devastating. When the charges are for juvenile crimes, the impact could be even more severe. Fortunately, the Florida juvenile justice system is not punishment-oriented like the adult criminal justice system, but geared more toward rehabilitation.

A recent announcement by a state attorney's office will provide those under the age of 21 with arrest histories for nonviolent offenses with the opportunity to have those records expunged. The program aims to improve the chances of those juveniles to further their education and get jobs. Juveniles who qualify for this program would be able to file applications with colleges, schools and employers without having to disclose arrest records.

How will you get to work after a DUI license suspension?

Anyone in Florida who is convicted of impaired driving may have to face several consequences. Along with fines, fees and court costs, a DUI conviction usually also leads to license suspension. This could adversely impact various aspects of the person's life. Along with the inability to get the necessary shopping done, how will he or she get to work -- after all, an income is essential to pay fines.

Fortunately, the criminal justice system in Florida offers a DUI hardship license. This is in recognition of the driver's obligations to pay bills. However, a driver who obtains such a license may only drive to limited destinations. These could include traveling between home and work or school, attending alcohol or drug treatment programs, to the doctor's office for medical appointments, and sometimes a parent might get permission to take his or her children to schools or doctors. Furthermore, time limits may apply, such as restrictions on night-time driving.

3 of the most common juvenile crime charges

Nothing is more nerve-wracking than getting the call that law enforcement has arrested your son or daughter. You would like to imagine that your child is responsible and diligent enough to avoid run-ins with the law, but this may not always be the case. This does not mean that a kid is bad—or that he or she is guilty. It is important to address the situation realistically and understand your options. 

Building a solid defense is the best way to protect your child's future. In most cases, juveniles face misdemeanor charges, and you can fight such charges in court. 

Woman arrives at court for jury duty, leaves facing drug charges

Florida residents who are called for jury duty can visit a dedicated website for advice about what to wear. Although it warns people to limit the jewelry they plan to wear and not to have change in their pockets to avoid being stopped at the metal detectors, there is no advice about carrying drugs. Anyone who is in possession of illegal drugs when he or she arrives for jury duty might have to face drug charges instead.

Such an incident was recently reported after a 39-year-old unemployed woman set off the alarm of the metal detectors at the front entrance of a court in Pascoe County as she arrived to report for jury duty. Upon investigation, deputies claim to have discovered that the alarm was triggered by two foil packets in the pockets of the woman's cargo pants. Tests allegedly indicated that the .06 grams of powdery white contents of the packages were cocaine.

DUI manslaughter charges follow fatal head-on crash

Being accused of drunk driving and causing the death of someone else can have dire consequences for anyone in Florida. The best step for a driver to take is likely to retain legal counsel as soon as possible. What is said and done immediately after such an arrest can be detrimental in any criminal proceedings that might follow, such as DUI manslaughter charges.

A 40-year-old Fort Myers man is in such a position after his arrest in the early morning hours of a recent Saturday. According to a report by Florida Highway Patrol troopers, his arrest followed a collision that he allegedly caused because he traveled in the wrong lane. It is alleged that the man was southbound in one of the northbound lanes when he crashed head-on into the car of a 71-year-old northbound driver.

Florida man chugged beer at traffic stop

When the cops pull you over, you want to make sure you do everything possible to avoid a DUI on your record. There are plenty of things you should not do at a DUI traffic stop. You do not want to antagonize the officer, tell the cop how much you had to drink that evening or refuse the breathalyzer test. Apparently, some people also need to know that they should not chug a beer at the stop, but one Florida man did not receive the memo. 

On June 14th, Daryl Royal Riedel, a 48-year old man from Big Coppitt Key, led police on a long chase. The deputies leading the chase ordered Riedel over a PA system that he needed to pull over immediately, but Riedel responded by waving his hand out the window. Riedel would later say he did not pull over because he was afraid of what would happen. When he finally came to a stop, he exited his vehicle with a beer in hand and proceeded to chug it in front of the officers. 

Man on bail for wire fraud accused of committing similar crimes

Federal prosecutors reported that a 26-year-old man was recently detained on new charges while he was on bail for similar charges to which he pleaded guilty in March. He faces money laundering and wire fraud charges for running a fake ticket scheme. One of the complaints involves two people who allege they flew to New York from Florida to attend the 2018 Grammy Awards. However, despite their tickets for which they paid $700 each, they were denied entry when they arrived at the venue.

The prosecutors say the man pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges that involve approximately $26 million for defrauding ticket vendors and investors in the Fyre Festival -- reported to be a disastrous affair held on a Caribbean island. Authorities say they recently determined that the accused man continued his alleged fraudulent activities while he was out on bail. The latest charges reportedly refer to the defrauding of about 15 individuals to the amount of approximately $100,000.

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.

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