Could Your Actions Be Construed as Identity Theft? Here’s What You Need to Know

Identity theft refers to the process of collecting and/or using another party’s personal identifying information for illegal purposes. One common example is using your social security number to obtain a credit card or bank loan in your name. Because the thief often defaults on the obligation after maxing it out, identity theft can wreak havoc on the victim’s credit rating and cause long-term financial problems for Read More

7 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Misdemeanors

You’ve been charged with a misdemeanor, but your friends advise you not to fight it. “It’s nothing,” they insist. “It’s not like you’re being charged with a felony.” But they couldn’t be more wrong. Yes, misdemeanors and felonies are different offense categories, with the latter being considered more serious and punished more harshly. But a misdemeanor is far from ‘nothing.’ It can have a negative impact on your Read More

Florida Criminal Defense: An Introduction to Mail and Wire Fraud

If you have a PayPal account, you’ve probably gotten emails with warning headers like “Security Breach on Your Account” or “Act Now or Your Account Will Be Deactivated.” These communications are not really from PayPal: they are intended to make you panic, log into your “account” via a false website, and unwittingly give your login credentials to a cyber-thief who will lock you out of your own account and empty any Read More

What to Do If the Police Want to Search Your Property

The Fourth Amendment protects you from an unreasonable police search of your person, home, or belongings. It’s a right that’s easy to forget when the police are at your door, asking to come inside. Dealing with law enforcement can be a tricky situation. You know that refusing to obey a police order can cause problems for you, so you worry about denying them entry to your home. It is important to remember that the Read More

Erroneous Self-Incrimination: 6 Interrogation Tactics Which Can Lead to False Confessions

The “bad cop” routine is known to sell movie tickets, but it can buy you a ticket to prison in the wrong circumstances. When viewed through the glorified lens of the silver screen, it's easy to believe that police officers sometimes need to stretch the limits of the law in order to uphold it. This “end justifies the means” mentality ignores the reality of false confessions and violations of constitutional rights. Read More

Innocent Until Proven Guilty, But…

Most Americans operate under the assumption that, if they ever become entangled in the U.S. criminal justice system, they will be treated as if they were innocent until they are proven to be guilty. This Constitutional principle, known as the “presumption of innocence,” is intended to ensure that any potential criminal convictions are rooted in fact rather than human bias or other potential human error. It is Read More

What Exactly Constitutes Healthcare Fraud?

As we’ve discussed in the past, there are numerous different ways in which the criminal act of fraud can be perpetrated. One of the most common, and indeed one of the most financially impactful in terms of dollars stolen per year, is fraud committed within the context of the U.S. healthcare system. By most estimates, public programs like Medicare as well as private healthcare programs lose billions of dollars every Read More

What is “Double Jeopardy”?

“Double jeopardy” is a term thrown around often in the media and everyday conversation, thanks in large part to a movie from the late 1990s of the same name. The true meaning of double jeopardy is often misunderstood despite the frequency of the term in popular culture. What does double jeopardy really mean? The right which protects an individual against double jeopardy comes straight from the U.S. Constitution. Read More

Understanding Florida “Conspiracy” Charges

Conspiracy is a word that immediately grabs the attention of anyone who hears it. For most people it conjures images of little green men at Roswell and crazy theories about shadow governments. Many people are surprised to learn that, in terms of criminal law, conspiracy actually refers to a serious and not uncommon crime. “Conspiracy” is defined as an agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime. The Read More

A Brief Guide to Florida Post-Conviction Relief

Most people believe that an appeal is the last resort for anyone who has been convicted of a crime. While it is true that most cases are concluded after the appeals court rules, there are potential options for relief afterwards. Under certain circumstances, a defendant in Florida who has been convicted of a crime and has had her conviction affirmed on appeal may file for Post-Conviction Relief. In Florida, Read More