What to Expect if You’re Charged with Financial Crimes

Financial crimes are among the most sensitive in the US criminal justice system. Some of the issues that constitute financial crimes include fraud, embezzlement, corruption and related actions, which are often labeled as “white-collar crimes.” Various federal agencies are tasked with investigating and carrying out the prosecution of all individuals that commit financial crimes in the country. This article provides a Read More

Don’t Talk to The Police Without Your Lawyer—Even if You’ve Done Nothing Wrong!

If you’ve been brought to the police station, arrested for a crime you didn’t commit, it’s tempting to talk to the police. In your mind, you might think, “If I can just explain my story and what actually happened, then they’ll know I’m not guilty.” However, this is an instinct that you will need to ignore. It is absolutely in your best interest to talk with a criminal defense lawyer first and have them present when Read More

When Bad Things Happen to Good People: How to Respond if You’re Accused Unjustly

Being falsely accused of a crime can come as quite a shock, especially if you have not done anything wrong. If you believe that you have been falsely accused of a crime, stay calm. Following these steps will help you have the best outcome possible: 1) HIRE AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL LAW ATTORNEY! Even if you have been arrested or charged for a crime you did not commit, it is the prosecutor’s job to hold someone Read More

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