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NOV. 10 2017
Know the Reasons You Can Face a Florida Criminal Weapons Charge
Know the Reasons You Can Face a Florida Criminal Weapons Charge
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The state of Florida takes weapons offenses quite seriously. Notably, if convicted of a weapons offense, you will be left with a criminal record that will compromise your employment prospects, ability to find housing, and lead to other detrimental consequences.

 

Unfortunately, many weapons offenses are committed inadvertently by otherwise law-abiding citizens. Therefore, if you are a firearm or weapon enthusiast, it is imperative to understand Florida’s weapons laws in order to avoid being charged with an offense.

 

Unlicensed Carrying of a Concealed Firearm

 

Unlicensed carrying of a concealed firearm is a third-degree felony in Florida, punishable by …

NOV. 3 2017
The Thin Line between Halloween Pranks and Disorderly Conduct
The Thin Line between Halloween Pranks and Disorderly Conduct

 

Pranks abound on Halloween, and many can be harmless fun. Like putting a scary object inside a refrigerator. Or jumping out of a box or trash can to frighten a friend.

 

Sometimes, though, pranks can involve destruction of property, trespassing, or disrupting the peace. With these types of pranks, the fun can end abruptly as those involved find themselves facing charges of disorderly conduct.

 

Because of this, it pays to know what qualifies as disorderly conduct under Florida law. That way, you don’t wind up with a misdemeanor charge for something that was meant to be …

OCT. 20 2017
Which Actions Fall under Florida’s Fraudulent Practice Laws
Which Actions Fall under Florida’s Fraudulent Practice Laws
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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fraud is defined as:

 

“Deceit, trickery; specifically: intentional perversion of truth in order to induce another to part with something of value or to surrender a legal right.”

 

Most people tend to think of credit card fraud or tax fraud when they hear the word “fraud,” but under this definition, fraud can cover a wide range of crimes. Let’s take a closer look at some of these crimes and then see what elements are needed to prove fraud in Florida.

 

How “Fraudulent Practices” Work in Florida

 

Chapter 817 of the …

OCT. 26 2017
Types of Fraud Florida Law Enforcement Watches for After Disasters
Types of Fraud Florida Law Enforcement Watches for After Disasters
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Our country has been overwhelmed with the damage caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Over $100 million in damages have already been reported in Central Florida alone, and that number will only increase as more damage assessments take place.

 

While a majority of hurricane damage claims are valid, some people will undoubtedly attempt to capitalize on the natural disaster by filing a fraudulent claim.

 

After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, $108 billion in damages was reported, with 1,800 fatalities. However, there were also 1,300 cases prosecuted for fraud where “people impersonated law enforcement, took personal information from …

OCT. 13 2017
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges

Have you been charged with shoplifting in Florida?

 

Typically, people facing shoplifting charges fall into two categories. They either feel like the deck is stacked against them and there is no point in fighting back… or that it is not worth their time and effort because shoplifting is such a “minor” crime.

 

Don’t fall into these traps. There are a number of possible defenses that you may be able to use to battle your charges – even if it seems like a fairly open and shut case. And while shoplifting obviously isn’t as serious as something like murder, …

OCT. 13 2017
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
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In the state of Florida, assault with a deadly weapon is a serious charge with steep penalties. The law, however, isn’t completely straightforward. There are several variances and stipulations that you should be aware of in case you or someone you love ever faces charges.

 

Below, we are going to explain the law in detail.

 

Defining “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” in Florida

 

According to the 2017 Florida Statutes, assault with a deadly weapon falls under “aggravated assault.” An aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, or with intent …

SEP. 28 2017
Abusing Prescription Drugs in Florida Can Be Illegal
Abusing Prescription Drugs in Florida Can Be Illegal

This past August, our president said he was going to declare the current opioid epidemic a national emergency, which was recommended by his opioid commission.

 

Although President Trump has yet to fulfill that promise, some legislators have decided to take matters into their own hands.

 

Current Florida governor candidate and former congresswoman Gwen Graham said that our state should sue the pharmaceutical industry for their role in opioid addiction and to recover the costs we have spent on treating opioid addicts.

 

Graham’s approach is similar to what former Governor Lawton Chiles undertook when he sued the tobacco …

SEP. 21 2017
Reduced to Looting after Irma? Charges You Can Face
Reduced to Looting after Irma? Charges You Can Face

 

Hurricane Irma was a devastating, record-breaking storm that ravaged our state. In its wake, we find ourselves cleaning up wreckage, waiting for power to come back on, and assessing damage.

 

For many, though, desperation settles in as stores and homes remain shuttered and necessities like gas, food, and water are difficult to come by.

 

Some people deal with these circumstances and wait for places to reopen. Others decide not to wait and are reduced to looting from evacuated properties across South Florida.

 

Looting Fears Become Florida Reality

 

We’ve seen the stories of looters from the …

SEP. 20 2017
It’s Hurricane Season: Learn about Florida Insurance Fraud Charges Now
It’s Hurricane Season: Learn about Florida Insurance Fraud Charges Now
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Florida’s 2017 hurricane season has been predicted to be one of the most severe in years, and Irma is just the beginning. The damage wrought by Irma and other potential storms will result in millions or even billions of dollars in property insurance claims.

 

Unfortunately, hurricane insurance fraud is on the rise in Florida, and is driving up the cost of insurance for Floridians everywhere. Therefore, the insurance companies will be on the lookout for insurance fraud following Irma, as will law enforcement.

 

Before you submit your insurance claim for any damage you suffered due to …

SEP. 8 2017
Florida School Arrests: Which Kids are the Most Affected?
Florida School Arrests: Which Kids are the Most Affected?
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Florida is home to three of the top 10 largest school districts in the United States, and five of the top 20 largest school districts:

 

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools is ranked 5;
  • Broward County Public Schools is ranked 7;
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools is ranked 9;
  • Orange County Public Schools is ranked 11; and
  • School District of Palm Beach County is ranked 12.

 

With so many students attending school, it should be no surprise that a number of those students are arrested for school-related incidents, with the 10 most frequent offenses being for:

 

  • Non-aggravated assault or