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Florida State With The Highest Incidence Of Fraud

Florida State With The Highest Incidence Of Fraud

More than 30 different categories of complaints were recorded in 2011. Identity theft was the most common one, representing 15 percent of all complaints. Many other categories relate to a growing number of Americans in debt as a result of the recession and the housing crash. Debt collection fraud was the second most common category, defined by the FTC as consumers reporting abuse by both legitimate debt collectors and those pretending to be. Other categories included banking and lending scams, as well as scams arising from promises of relief from mortgage debt (source). From 24/7 Wall St.: When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals waiting to take advantage of it. According to the most recent report… […]

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Florida Crime Rate 2012

Florida crime statistics indicate a total downward trend in crime based on data from 11 years when violent crime was decreasing and property crime was decreasing. Based on this report, the crime rate in Florida for 2012 is expected to be lower than in 2010 when the state violent crime rate was higher than the national violent crime rate average by 101.17% and the state property crime rate was higher than the national property crime rate average by 65.97%. Each year, the FBI publishes crime statistics in its Uniform Crime Reporting program. The reports provide not only helpful statistics but also crime classifications and definitions. UCR categorizes serious crimes as Part I offenses and less serious crimes as Part II offenses (source). Part I Offenses Personal/Violent Crimes Aggravated assault: Unlawfully… […]

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Drug Possession, Criminal Charges and Penalties

Drug Possession, Criminal Charges and Penalties

The possession, use, distribution or sale of certain drugs is a crime. Punishments range from fines to many years in prison. These drugs are illegal because of health risks and because they are associated with violent crimes. Both the states and the federal system can prosecute drug crimes. The Number of Illegal Drugs Is Increasing Hundreds of drugs have been declared illegal by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and the state governments. The use of some drugs, such as codeine, is restricted to those with a prescription. The use of others, such heroin, is banned altogether. New drugs are regularly added to the list of banned or restricted substances. Drug Users Face a Range of Charges Using illegal drugs is considered less serious than selling them. A first offense of… […]

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Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Despite recent good news about the gradual decline in the rate of robberies and home invasions, the rate for the first quarter of this year has law enforcement on edge. Law enforcement has recently been boasting about an improved response rate to robberies, better technology and resources, and an all around better crime rate. However, it seems that things are actually getting worse, despite all of the new and improved efforts of law enforcement. Home Invasion A home invasion robbery is much different than a burglary. For instance, home invasion is considered the act of illegally entering (or breaking and entering) a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent for the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such as robbery or assault. Burglary is simply illegally entering a… […]

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How Common is Robbery in South Florida?

How Common is Robbery in South Florida?

Surprisingly, robbery has one of the lowest index of crimes that occur in South Florida in comparison to violent crimes like aggravated assault, and property crimes like theft and burglary. It may be a sign of the times however because the rate of robbery in South Florida is increasing since the year 2010. Robbery is a crime that unfortunately happens every day no matter what county you are in. Just today in WPTV News, there were two separate stories on robbery. One occurred at a Papa John’s, the other at a Burger King. Robbery in South Florida According to WPTV News, a Papa John’s was the recent victim of a robbery and authorities are still looking for the perpetrator. A man walked into the store, grabbed a pizza costume, put… […]

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Will the Super Bowl Lead to a Spike in Criminal Activity?

Will the Super Bowl Lead to a Spike in Criminal Activity?

Experts are saying where the demand is, that’s where the supply will be. Leading news reporters and experts on criminal trends are reporting that when large nationwide events occur, a spike in criminal activity is likely to happen. Law enforcement officers are turning their eyes away from Super Bowl XLVI this weekend in order to focus on potential criminal activity, likely to happen wherever large groups of people congregate for this special event. Super Bowl Leads to Crime in Palm Beach Dan Corcoran, a reporter for WPTV News Channel 5, wrote in his post yesterday: “While final preparations are being made ahead of Super Bowl XLVI, law enforcement from Florida and elsewhere is honing in on the potential for a spike in child sex trafficking. The federal government reports that… […]

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Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand what happens after you’re arrested. Domestic violence cases involve charges of assault and battery against a familial relation or a person who lives with you, such as a wife, child, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, or father. The long-term consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be very serious. Employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees and few would want to hire an employee who has a conviction for domestic violence. In Florida, landlords also conduct background checks because they could be liable for a civil lawsuit if they rent to a person with violent tendencies. As reported in Sun-Sentinel by By Peter… […]

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How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Schools Becoming?

How Common is Sexual Misconduct in Schools Becoming?

Parents send their children to schools entrusting the teachers and administration to provide their children with a safe, harm-free environment. While teachers cannot protect students from every potential threat, it is especially alarming to see the rise in sexual misconduct against children happening in Palm Beach County schools. The case of Carol Flannigan in 2004 helped shed light on the reality that our children are not always safe in school. Sexual Misconduct against Children in Palm Beach County WPTV News recently reported that dozens of teachers have been fired for allegedly sexually engaging students since 2006. According to the report, in 2004, former Boynton Beach music teacher Carol Flannigan was arrested after admitting to having sex with a 5th grader. “I’ve tried to fight my feelings for you,” Flannigan said… […]

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Who Reports Child Abuse?

Who Reports Child Abuse?

Child abuse or neglect in Florida is an extremely serious crime. If you are accused of child abuse, you could be facing a serious misdemeanor or felony charge. A child in the state of Florida is defined as someone under the age of 18 years old. Abuse can be anything from physical harm, sexual harm, emotional harm, or even the threat of imminent danger. Child abuse is usually reported when a witness of some kind reports suspicion to the Department of Children and Families. Child Abuse in Boynton Beach According to WPTV News, a man in Boynton Beach was arrested on Monday and charged with child abuse. He was caught by surveillance cameras punching his daughter in the eye by Boynton Beach High School. Terry Devon Adderley, 35, posted a… […]

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How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

In 2009, there were 30,911 reported robberies. That number continues to increase. Out of every state in the country, Florida ranks the 5th highest for the robbery rate as of 2009, according to The Disaster Center. There is generally a new robbery every day locally in West Palm Beach covered in the news. Robbery in St. Lucie County One young man has been captured and charged with robbery of the Fort Pierce city manager’s home, according to Fort Pierce Police and WPTV News Channel 5. He is one of three former high school football players, some of which played at Fort Pierce Westwood High School and the others at Fort Pierce Central High School, according to the article. The former athletes who were arrested Thursday are: Andre Townsend, 18; Cameron Toombs,… […]

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