Sometimes, people in Florida and elsewhere do things without realizing that their actions could be deemed unlawful. One such case recently led to a judge sending a 39-year-old man to jail for contempt of court. The man has now filed an appeal, claiming his public criticism of a judge was nonviolent and within his First Amendment rights.
Individuals and business owners in Florida who learn that they are being investigated might be unsure of how to proceed without jeopardizing their rights. A judgment error or being misled by another person might lead to allegations of fraud. The circumstances could even involve false accusations, and the investigation might lead to an arrest. For this reason, criminal defense counsel from the outset is crucial.
Many types of crimes that aim to bring financial gain, and are based on deceit, fall into this category. White collar crimes charges can involve federal or state laws, and investigations are often lengthy because of the significant numbers of paper trails that must be traced. In Florida and elsewhere, these crimes can include anything from tax evasion or insurance fraud to complicated insider trading, securities fraud and Ponzi schemes.
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.
DUI charges need to be taken seriously as they can have multiple repercussions not limited to the specific criminal penalty. Aggravated DUI charges may result in increased penalties and sometimes even felony charges.
Getting arrested creates a record that can haunt you for years, affecting opportunities for housing, employment and bank loans. Florida law offers two ways to mitigate the effects of certain criminal records: sealing and expungement.
April Fools is the official day to pull a prank, but the occasion for a good practical joke seems to be any time for teens and college students. What initially seemed like fun or a harmless bit of silliness can land the perpetrators in the back of a squad car.
Law enforcement officials fanned out across the United States, taking 61 people into custody in connection with an alleged call center scam. Among those arrested was a 49-year-old Fort Myers man who now faces white collar crime charges that include wire fraud and money laundering.
College is the time in a young person's life where they experience true freedom for the first time. For some, this means living on one's own and learning to manage finances. For others, this means taking advantage of previously inaccessible opportunities, such as going to house parties where alcohol is being consumed.
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