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Elements of a drug possession charge

When faced with a criminal charge, you may feel that consequences are just around the corner. However, there are many aspects to a criminal case that could impact the outcomes. In fact, you may not even face consequences if the prosecution is not able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the allegations. This information may help you feel more at ease as your case moves forward.

Though you certainly have the option of creating and presenting a criminal defense, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution. If you have been charged with drug possession, you may want to understand the elements of the crime that the prosecution must prove in order for a potential guilty verdict to come about.

Former congresswoman received jail time for fraud

As we gaze back on the year that was 2017, few common themes stand out as prevalently as the public's appetite for digging up dirt on figures of power and success and turning the tables on them. In many cases, the figures went before the court of public opinion and lost before they ever set foot in an actual courtroom.

One such narrative of power affecting those wielding it came to bear recently as a former congresswoman received five years of jail time in connection with a number of fraud charges. According to the charges, the congresswoman allegedly used her influence and position to raise nearly $800,000 for a charity that may or may not actually do what it claims to do.

Are you sure you're ok to drive? Maybe not.

As an adult, one of the most difficult decisions that many of us face on a regular basis is the question of whether or not we can safely drive after having a drink. While numerous public safety announcements attempt to frighten us as schoolchildren into thinking that drinking and driving would lead to certain death, the reality of the matter is far more nuanced. After all, the body can process alcohol over time, and the effects of drinking come on slowly and then recede over time.

Very few adults would consider it dangerous to drink a beer at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon for happy hour and then drive home at 8:00 that evening. Even estimating conservatively, most people will process the alcohol in a single beer and be completely legally sober over the span of nearly four hours.

Gun owner unlikely to face charges after teen shooting

Recently, a 15-year-old child in Crestview stole a handgun from the unlocked car of an adult and proceeded to shoot a 13-year-old with it. Understandably, many people expressed outrage that a handgun was so accessible to the teenager. A number of individuals very emphatically suggested that the owner of the gun should face criminal charges.

While many individuals may believe that this sentiment is reasonable on its face, the actual law is a different matter entirely. Under current Florida laws that govern how a gun owner must secure a weapon, the gun owner is unlikely to face charges. The law indicates that the owner may only face liability to keep a gun secured away from minors in his or her own home and is not under an obligation to secure a gun from adults.

What factors may affect the accuracy of a Breathalyzer test?

Drinking and driving are activities that simply should not go together, considering the enormous risk that drunk driving poses to the safety of the driver and others on the road. However, it is still important to fight any drunk driving charges that you receive, to ensure that that your rights remain secure and that the prosecution does not unfairly punish you because you didn't put up a fight.

When an officer stops you in the field on suspicion of drunk driving, the officer may use a number of tests to determine whether or not you are actually under the influence. Depending on the actions that the officer takes as he or she administers the test, you may have opportunities to challenge the accuracy or the administration of the test itself.

Respond to fraud allegations very carefully

If you face fraud allegations, you may feel enormous pressure to come out swinging in order to defend yourself. This an understandable response, but may not prove as effective as you might hope. In fact, your response to fraud allegations can greatly impact the outcome of criminal or civil fraud charges.

No matter what the charges concern, you deserve an experienced and professional counselor at the helm of your defense. With proper counsel, you can assess the claims against you and determine a wise path forward.

What does it mean to face charges of Medicare fraud?

Criminal charges of any kind can have a significant impact on your life. If convicted, the penalties you could face may include time behind bars, fines and other consequences. It is imperative to confront criminal charges, no matter the type or the nature of the case against you. If you are facing charges of fraud, such as Medicare fraud, you do not have to deal with it alone.

Fraud is deception done with a specific goal in mind, most often financial gain. Medicare fraud includes any misrepresentations or deceptive activities that could defraud the Medicare system in any way. These are serious criminal charges, and Florida individuals facing accusations of this type of fraud would be wise to take their cases seriously and act quickly to build a strong defense.

Local man allegedly had guns, pictures of schools

Our rights to own weapons for self defense or recreation is an important freedom that we enjoy here in the United States, but challenges to that freedom exist everywhere. If you face criminal charges related to owning weapons, it is very important that you seek out proper legal guidance to help you fight these charges. Often, the result of a single weapons charge can have far reaching implications for the local community of gun owners, so it is always important to fight for your rights to maintain your firearms.

Such complications could arise in the aftermath of an case that is still playing out here in Orlando, where local law enforcement are still working through the moving parts of a complicated scene of firearms and other alleged contraband materials in the living space of a local man. Some of the alleged evidence suggests that the man may have been working on plans to carry out some sort of public attack.

Are mortgage fraud charges serious?

Owning a home or some other piece of real estate is often seen as a cornerstone of the American Dream. However, in the modern real estate market, buying real estate of nearly any kind usually involves securing a mortgage loan to finalize the purchase. If some party in the mortgage process abuses the process, it may result in mortgage fraud charges.

Mortgage fraud generally entails two kinds of violations — either some form of fraud intended to result in better housing terms for the buyer, or fraud that enriches some party in the mortgage process. These kinds of violations can arise in a number of ways.

Drunk driver receives life in prison

Drunk driving is always a very risky choice, and one that not only places the driver in danger, but also many other drivers and passengers on the road, or even pedestrians near a road. Drunk driving is also not confined strictly to consumer vehicles, but may include large commercial machinery as well.

Recently, a drunk driving accident led to a very serious conviction — a life sentence plus 15 years for the DUI manslaughter of two women who were killed in a drunk driving accident involving a large tractor driven by an intoxicated man. While the family was surely grateful for the ruling, they are still heartbroken from the loss of their loved ones.

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