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

How a Criminal Conviction Can Impact Your Professional License

Imagine this scenario: You and your friends visit a trendy new bar in downtown Miami on a Friday night. At some point during the evening, another patron takes exception to something you said and throws a punch at you. You strike back, and the next thing you know, there’s a mass brawl, the police arrive, and you end up with a conviction for battery and disorderly conduct. Those offenses are only misdemeanors in Read More

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