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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.

Juvenile crimes: What is disorderly conduct?

Nobody wants a criminal record, even if it is just a disorderly conduct charge. Florida teenagers can get up to mischief, and before they know it, they might be accused of something like public annoyance. While it might seem insignificant at the time, any charges for juvenile crimes can have severe consequences that might include fines, detention and more.

Disorderly conduct is a somewhat vague term that could include anything from accusations of being loud and obnoxious in a quiet neighborhood in the early morning hours to creating a public nuisance at a convenience store. In most states, it is a charge with a broad, "catch-all" definition. For this reason, there might be several ways in which an attorney can get such charges dropped.

Juvenile crimes: Defense not to be tackled without legal counsel

It must be a shock for any Florida parents to be told that their child was arrested. Regardless of which juvenile crimes are alleged, parents would naturally want to speak to police as soon as possible to resolve the issue before it goes any further. However, this is a sensitive time during which care must be taken with what is said or done, and legal counsel might be the appropriate person to be present during any questioning and also to protect the child's rights during interviews.

It is crucial to contact an experienced attorney like those at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey immediately after learning of a child's arrest because, starting at that moment, his or her rights will be at risk. The legal rights of juveniles are precisely the same as those of adults. Among others, they have the right to say nothing and the right to contact an attorney. They also have the right to have a fair trial, and the fact that they are accused of crimes does not mean they are guilty.

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

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