The Offer on the Table: The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Plea Bargain

Frequently, prosecutors offer plea bargains to defendants to help expedite the judicial process. When defendants accept a plea bargain, they essentially are admitting guilt to lesser charges in return for a concession from the prosecutor. The case usually ends at this point, and it’s removed from the court docket. However, what exactly comes with accepting or rejecting a plea bargain? In this blog we discuss the Read More

A Second Chance: Understanding How Expunging or Sealing Your Criminal Record in Florida Works

If you have ever been charged with a crime, you have a criminal record. Even if the charges were later dropped, it stays on your record, and it can greatly impact your present and future. Whenever you apply for a job or to rent an apartment, this information shows up in a report about you. The same goes for applying for a loan, to a school, for a professional license, and more. That’s why, for many people, going Read More

Keeping a Tally on Your Freedom: A Quick Guide to Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code

Did you know that in Florida, if you’ve been charged with a felony, the state keeps score? What we mean by that is that depending on the severity of the alleged crime, how the court assigns the minimum sentence for that crime will be based on the Florida Criminal Punishment Code or the CPC score sheet. Ranking Crimes by Level The Florida legislature divides up felonies ranging from Level 1 (least severe) to Read More

What to Do if You’ve Been Accused of Domestic Violence in Florida

Domestic violence is a very serious problem. It knows no class, it doesn’t differentiate between gender and age—and it’s becoming more and more prevalent. Sadly, there are still those who make false accusations or claims after a heated exchange, and what do you do then? Or maybe you entered a very grey area during an emotionally charged situation. Florida takes domestic violence charges seriously. If a claim has Read More

What Constitutes Public Corruption?

When government officials are elected, appointed, or hired, they are placed in a position of power and entrusted with a range of responsibilities to the public. Public corruption can occur when officials breach that trust in exchange for private gain, violating both state and federal law in the process. Because the term “public corruption” encompasses such a broad range of illegal acts, it can be difficult to Read More

Understanding Stalking Charges in Florida

Stalking generally involves a pattern of behavior that occurs more than once over a period of time. The crime is a form of repeated harassment that creates a credible threat of harm to the victim. In the State of Florida, the definition of stalking includes four main components: The act involved knowingly following, harassing, or cyberstalking another person. The act was willful, meaning the stalker did it on Read More

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Talk to the Police Without Your Lawyer Present

“I want a lawyer.” These are the four magic words you should always use when you're confronted with questions from police. Although you should always opt for a polite, civil approach in favor of belligerence, it's important to understand the traps you can encounter while speaking to police officers without a lawyer present. 1) Mistakes can be interpreted as lies. You may already be aware that police can use Read More

Are You Who You Say You Are?: The 4 Most Common Types of Identity Theft

Identity theft is usually done for the purpose of profit, but when you're the victim, the consequences can go far beyond the financial. Identity theft can affect your credit report, your standing with the IRS, and even your medical records. Millions of Americans have their identities stolen every year, but you can protect yourself from fraudsters with the right amount of knowledge. Here's what you need to know about Read More

5 Common Violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) was enacted in 1977 to prevent companies from bribing foreign officials for business-related purposes. The Act's provisions can apply to United States companies operating anywhere in the world, and it is primarily enforced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Here's what you need to know about the FCPA—and what you can expect if you're ever charged with a Read More

Understanding Criminal Warrants

We’ve seen this played out time and again on police television dramas. The officers approach someone and make a request to search their vehicle, home, person, etc. The person indignantly demands, “Got a warrant?” In this instance, they’re talking about a warrant to carry out the requested search. There are, however, different types of criminal warrants. We’ll review and explain them here. What is a Criminal Read More