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Category: Federal Crimes


JUNE  16 2017
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida
Differences between Federal and State Charges in Florida

 

 

There are many things that are illegal: theft, drugs, assault, murder, rape, drinking and driving, domestic violence, fraud. The list goes on and on. If you were to commit or be accused of committing one of these crimes, you could be arrested and criminally charged.

 

If you are accused of violating a Florida law, you will be charged with a state crime and prosecuted by the State of Florida. However, depending on specific details of the accusation, you may be charged with violating federal law as well, which could mean you could be charged with a federal …

JUNE  17 2016
What Is a Capital Crime?
What Is a Capital Crime?

Late this past May, the Justice Department decided to inflict capital punishment on Dylann Roof, and sentence him to death for the crimes he committed in July 2015.

 

Who is Dylann Roof?

 

He’s the man who made national headlines after he was accused of killing nine people in a historically black Charleston church last summer. Roof showed little remorse for the shootings, which are strongly believed to be racially motivated. Both of these factors played a big role in the Department’s decision to inflict capital punishment.

 

Using the death penalty was fiercely debated among the members of …

JUNE  7 2016
Federal Reforms Mean Nothing for State White Collar Crime Charges
Federal Reforms Mean Nothing for State White Collar Crime Charges

During and immediately following the 2008 financial crisis, there was an appetite to see those responsible punished for the white collar crimes that led to the whole debacle. But some punishments were so insanely harsh that in more recent years there’s been a push to reform federal sentencing.

 

Recently, a federal panel decided to move forward with making reforms to the way federal judges penalize white collar crimes. The reforms would look closer at the intentions behind each person involved in a white collar crime, as well as giving harsher sentences to criminals who severely affected numerous victims and …