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How Paying Restitution Can Help You Avoid Incarceration from Wire Fraud Charges

According to the Associated Press, a Houston minister is accused of misusing a loan given to him to build a church in Indianapolis. Rev. Wayne Taft Harris Jr. allegedly borrowed $482,000 in August 2005 from Third World Missions of Merritt Island, Fla., on behalf of Kingdom Builders Faith Church. Third World manages Bible schools and orphanages in several countries and raises money from the interest on church construction loans. Harris is accused of using the money to buy a Mercedes Benz and a mink coat with Versace buttons. He allegedly sent a fax to the mission group blaming an unidentified staff member for misappropriating the loan funds. Harris missed his initial hearing in Indianapolis on Tuesday. By way of miscommunication, he had already turned himself in July 16 to federal… […]

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Why Epstein Should Thank His Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

Why Epstein Should Thank His Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

According to Thalia Hayden, reporter for WPTV News Channel 5, Palm Beach County Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is officially released from his probation period today. Epstein, 57, settled nearly 25 lawsuits by young women who claimed they were recruited to give him sexually-charged massages in exchange for money. Most women were underage at the time. Epstein has been on probation for a full year after pleading guilty to two sex-related felonies. He only served 13 of his 18 month jail sentenced. The 13 months in jail were highlighted by six work release days a week where he was let out for 16 hours a day. Suspicions of special treatment for the wealthy have arisen since he was placed on house arrest. Epstein took several trips each month to his eight-story home… […]

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How Even a Joke can End Up on Your Criminal Record

How Even a Joke can End Up on Your Criminal Record

According to the Associated Press, a woman in Boulder, Colorado was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of taping her boyfriend’s dog to a refrigerator. Abby Toll, 21, has been charged with felony animal cruelty. With the help of her criminal defense attorney, Toll was able to avoid a potential imprisonment sentence of 18 months. Police reported that Toll was upset with her boyfriend, Brian Beck, for paying more attention to the dog than her, so she used hair ties and packing tape to bind the snout and legs of the 2-year-old Shiba Inu named Rex, upside-down to the refrigerator. Beck pleaded guilty to misdemeanor attempted animal cruelty and was given a one-year deferred sentence. Another family has adopted the dog. Although Toll may have never meant… […]

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How to Deal with Armed Robbery Charges

How to Deal with Armed Robbery Charges

Armed robbery is very prevalent here in South Florida. If you or someone you know has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated robbery, or aggravated battery, consult a criminal defense lawyer to learn more about your options and optimum strategies. Robbery in the News According to WPTV News Channel 5, police say a man wearing a pinstripe suit and a pinstripe fedora entered a Bank of America branch on Congress Avenue just before 12:30 and walked out with an undisclosed amount of cash. In a surveillance photo you can see him stuffing what appears to be stacks of cash into his coat. In another photo he’s seen holding a black and silver revolver. After he left the bank, the man took off his suit jacket and pants and was last… […]

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How to Avoid Being Wrongfully Accused and Convicted

How to Avoid Being Wrongfully Accused and Convicted

Since 1992, the likelihood of an arrest leading to a conviction has generally risen. Although some defendants think that they can “beat the system” on their own, having an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is the best way to prevent becoming another statistic. Being Wrongfully Accused If you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation, your immigration status, and your job may be at stake. The outcome you receive in the criminal justice system depends upon the experience and knowledge of the criminal defense attorney you choose to represent you. All too often, a wrongfully accused person is convicted and victimized. A victim who has been wrongfully accused of a crime will have to sacrifice their family, friends, career, opportunities and life in general.… […]

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How the Insanity Defense Works

How the Insanity Defense Works

In a criminal trial, there are several different defense tactics. One very famous, controversial, but rarely used tactic is the insanity defense. The insanity defense is an excuse defense where a defendant argues that they were legally insane at the time the alleged crime was committed, and so should not be held criminally liable. Generally, once a defendant pleads insanity, he or she will be required to submit to a mental examination. If the insanity defense is successful, the defendant is usually committed to a psychiatric hospital. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can either help you plead not guilty by reason of insanity or contribute your mental state to mitigating factors that can at least help lessen your charges. The Law According to the ‘Lectric Law Library, the legal definition… […]

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What If I’m Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution?

What If I’m Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution?

West Palm Beach Police are cracking down on solicitation of prostitution. Stings are now targeting “Johns” instead of actual prostitutes. If you have been arrested for soliciting for prostitution, an aggressive and proactive criminal defense lawyer can help. According to West Palm Beach News: In Boynton Beach, Fla., Eight men were arrested for soliciting prostitution. The problem was that they were soliciting from undercover police officers. The undercover prostitution bust took place last Friday on South Federal Highway at the 2700 block. Police reported that the men ranged from 27 to 53 years old and were all charged with solicitation of prostitution. Two other men were also arrested after they sold the undercover officers Roxycodone. Solicitation of Prostitution Prostitution is defined as the act or practice of providing sexual services… […]

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What is a Closing Argument? Do Defense Lawyers Have an Advantage?

What is a Closing Argument? Do Defense Lawyers Have an Advantage?

According to Thalia Hayden for WPTV News, In West Palm Beach, Fla., the jury will be left to make a decision today, after closing arguments finalize the the first degree murder case against D’Andre Bannister. Bannister is on trial for beating his 4-year-old stepson to death nearly eight years ago, then not allowing the boy’s mother to leave their Riviera Beach home to get help. Bannister’s criminal defense lawyer claims the 4-year-old fell from a tree. Bannister has been in jail since 2002. Officials say trials do not normally take this long but there have been lots of procedural delays. Bannister is charged with first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and two counts of kidnapping. If convicted, he will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison. What is a closing… […]

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What is RICO in Criminal Law?

What is RICO in Criminal Law?

The RICO Act is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. It is a US federal law that prosecutes ongoing criminal organizations like the mafia. Punishments allow for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action, or the right to sue or enforce the law on a defendant. Where did it come from? RICO was enacted in 1970 as part of the Organized Crime Control Act signed by President Nixon. The act was created to prosecute the Mafia, as well as other organized crime groups, and prohibits the creation or management of a gambling organization involving five or more people, and if it has been in business for more than 30 days or accumulates $2,000 in gross revenue in a single day. RICO and the Law By definition, a… […]

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What Does Recidivism Mean and Why is it Important?

What Does Recidivism Mean and Why is it Important?

The recidivism rates in this country are frighteningly high. This is a testament to whether or not our prison systems are effective, and if they actually “correct” rather than “punish.” The point of prison is to prevent criminals from reverting back to their criminal behavior after being released into society. However, the life of an inmate does not exactly prepare him or her for the normalcy of society. A criminal defense lawyer is well informed about the recidivism rates in the United States. That’s why a criminal defense lawyer will work so hard to prevent prison time and to get your case dismissed. What is recidivism? Recidivism is the act of a person repeating or relapsing into an undesirable behavior after they have experienced negative consequences, or punishment, of that… […]

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