How Does a Criminal Arrest or Conviction Affect Your Professional License?

Most people who are facing serious criminal charges are worried about significant prison time or having to pay hefty fines. For crimes that are, on its surface, less serious (such as first-time DUI offenses), there are prevailing beliefs that the effects of a conviction will not deeply affect their daily lives except for the criminal penalties (such as probation or a temporary driver license suspension). For holders Read More

Federal RICO Violations

When the American Mafia was in its heyday, prosecutors were having difficulty keeping track of every separate crime allegedly perpetrated by associates of the many organized crime families scattered across the country. Each perpetrator would have to be tried for individual crimes, which hardly allowed the government to make a dent in the Mafia’s activities. So, a solution: Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Read More

Federal Search and Seizure: When the Government Can Invade Your Privacy

The right to privacy of all citizens in the U.S. is the foundation of many civil liberties. Protection against unreasonable search and seizures is codified in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. A keyword in the amendment is “unreasonable.” Over the years, the law interpreting the meaning of the word has identified situations in which police do not necessarily need a search warrant to search your person or Read More

4 Types of Plea Bargains

Before the late 1800s, plea bargaining was almost non-existent in criminal cases. As the courts started to become overwhelmed with the amount of charges the government was bringing against defendants, prosecutors began using this tool more. Today, the vast majority of criminal charges are settled through plea bargains; in fact, only 2% of federal charges make it to a jury trial! Gathering evidence in a Read More

What Does It Mean to Be Released on Your Own Recognizance?

When you are booked into jail for a crime in State court in Florida, there will be a flurry of emotions for you and your loved ones. The top-of-mind issue for you will be: How do I get out of jail and back home? The purpose of a bail bond is to ensure your return to court to answer the charges. The prosecution may be arguing that you present a risk of flight or danger to the community if you are released from Read More

Understanding the First Step Act

On December 20th, 2018, inmates across the country had a reason to smile as President Trump passed the first major reform to the criminal justice system in over a decade. Known as the First Step Act, this new law set out to reform sentencing and make it easier for inmates to transition back into society. But what exactly is the First Step Act and how does it affect the prison system? Here is everything you need to Read More

Defending Your Innocence, Part 2: Entrapment

Crimes come in all shapes and sizes, from complicated money laundering and embezzlement schemes to various drug offenses, theft, assault, etc. Law enforcement officers typically use special programs and methods to track and pin down these offenses. However, in some cases, they may use deceptive methods to trick individuals into incriminating themselves in an ongoing investigation. When this happens, you have the Read More

Defending Your Innocence, Part 1: Absence of Intent

White collar crimes are criminal activities committed by an organization or individual to gain money or property through deception. The crimes are non-violent, with the primary intent mainly to enrich its perpetrators. Such crimes include wire fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud, bribery, public corruption and money laundering. Recently, the incidence of white collar crimes has increased thanks to Read More

4 Ways Authorities Attempt to Prove White Collar Crime

There is a Latin term, “mens rea” which often comes into play when proving the guilt or innocence of a person charged with a white collar criminal offense, such as fraud or money laundering. The term literally means “guilty mind” and is an essential element of a prosecution. It is necessary to establish that the defendant not only broke the law, but they also did so willfully and intentionally. There are several ways Read More

Understanding the Various Characters in a Criminal Trial

A wrong move during a federal criminal investigation can easily land you in hot water. Once you are involved, it would be naïve to assume that you are on the safe side just because you believe you have not done anything improper. There are several labels applied to the various people involved in a criminal case. No matter what you are considered by the investigating authorities, it’s important to have legal counsel Read More