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The Outcome Of Your Case With Criminal Defense Attorney

The Outcome Of Your Case With Criminal Defense Attorney

One of the primary tasks of a criminal law lawyer is to advocate for his or her clients. If you or your loved one have been charged with a crime, retaining a criminal defense attorney is your highest priority. You will need a lawyer with experience, knowledge and take charge attitude. Types of Criminal Offenses Many states group criminal offenses into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A misdemeanor is a lesser offense, such as theft, and the punishment is typically less than one year in a local jail. Felonies are more serious crimes that include rape, murder and kidnapping, and offenders are usually sentenced to more than one year in prison. Some states refer to criminal offenses in terms of degrees. A fourth-degree offense such as mischief is less serious… […]

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What is the Penalty for Wire or Mail Fraud?

What is the Penalty for Wire or Mail Fraud?

Fraud is a criminal act and form of intentional deception perpetrated for gaining profit or personal gain. There are several different kinds of fraud and so Florida legislature has responded with a new act. The Florida Communications Fraud Act is a consolidation of former fraud statutes that considers it to be a crime to defraud another individual through mail, internet, fax, phone, or any form of communication. Florida Fraud in Boston According to the Associated Press, four Florida men have been indicted in Boston in a $3 million scheme in which they used application packages nearly identical to a free federal application to scam struggling homeowners out of hundreds of dollars at a time. The men arrested were 42-year-old Christopher Godfrey of Delray Beach, 40-year-old Dennis Fischer of Highland Beach,… […]

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How is Counterfeit Cash Caught?

How is Counterfeit Cash Caught?

Using counterfeit cash is considered a third-degree felony, but how do counterfeit bill users get caught? People only use counterfeit detector pens if there are previous suspicions. Counterfeit money is often used in drug deals and often end up in the hands of an unknowing person. The Case According to an article in WPTV News, Jensen Beach High School’s bank notified the administration last week that counterfeit money had been passed in the cafeteria. Immediately, detectives launched an investigation that resulted in the arrest of four students Friday. Cafeteria staff began using counterfeit detector pens after being notified by the bank that counterfeit bills had been passed through the system. A school resource deputy questioned a 15-year-old female student and a 16-year-old male student. Another student, a 15-year-old freshman was… […]

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How Does Claiming Self Defense Work?

How Does Claiming Self Defense Work?

A man claimed self-defense after stabbing another man with a pair of scissors during a haircut on Tuesday. Claiming self-defense can work only in cases where you can prove that there was an immediate threat to your person in that situation. According to an article in WPTV News, a man was getting a haircut at an apartment in Stamford, Conn., when he grabbed scissors and slashed another man in the back. The man, David Davis, 21 was arrested soon afterward. Officers with a police dog found him in a nearby apartment. The mug shot clearly shows he had not finished his haircut before fleeing the scene. According to the article, authorities say the victim approached Davis in what Davis called “an aggressive manner.” Davis told investigators he picked up the… […]

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How Accidental Crimes Can Land You in Prison

How Accidental Crimes Can Land You in Prison

South Florida is known for it’s beaches, city life, and warm weather. South Florida can also be known for it’s severely high crime rate, mostly relating to drugs and robbery. However, because south Floridians are known to spend a lot of time by the beach, many crimes can happen on water too. According to an article in WPTV News, a Highland Beach boater was charged with negligence and carelessness, weeks after his powerboat propeller cut into a scuba diver near the Boca Inlet. Jon Berger, 64, was driving the Sea Fox powerboat when the propeller of the 28-foot boat sliced into a scuba diver James Shelley, 46, on January 22. The accident was also caused because Berger failed to stay at least 300 feet away from a diver down flag.… […]

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