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

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