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Know what to expect when you're accused of drunk driving

There are campaigns constantly playing messages on television and the radio reminding people that it is against the law to drive drunk. Billboards and other advertisements relay this message. With all of these reminders, it is a good idea to heed them and find someone to handle the driving if you plan to go out drinking.

Under Florida law, you can face criminal charges and administrative penalties if you have a regular personal drivers' license and are operating a vehicle while you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or greater. If you are a commercial driver, the legal limit for your BAC is lower. Some people don't realize just how strict the law is when it comes to this.

Accusations of Ponzi schemes must be taken seriously

There are many different forms of white collar crimes that a person might be charged with. One of these, the Ponzi scheme, was brought into the spotlight when Bernie Madoff was charged. Many investors are now concerned about this type of situation happening to them because it can take their hard-earned money away from them. For this reason, people who are handling investments for others must be especially careful to behave ethically.

Being charged with being involved with a Ponzi scheme means that you are being accused of not investing someone's money who has entrusted you with the task. Instead, it is being claimed that you are using the money to pay previous investors and keeping some of it for yourself. While it can be hard to defend against these charges, it isn't impossible.

Raise questions about the drunk driving case against you

Any driver who gets out on the road should make sure they are in the proper condition to drive a vehicle. When they aren't, others can suffer harm if there is an accident. This is the reason why drunk driving is illegal. If you have been consuming alcohol, make sure that you find another way home. This can help prevent you from having to deal with a criminal charge for driving drunk.

We know that there are sometimes situations that happen that could lead to a person operating a vehicle while they are impaired. If you are in this position, realize that there is a chance that you will be pulled over if you exhibit signs of impairment.

Fighting back against allegations of Medicare fraud

Medicare fraud is a serious accusation for Florida medical professionals and medical practices. If there is evidence this has taken place, it can lead to serious consequences, including the loss of your medical license and more. It's in your interests to fight back against allegations of Medicare fraud and to take your situation seriously.

This specific type of fraud is complex, and you will find it beneficial to work with a legal ally who has specific experience in defending against it. It's your job to provide quality medical care to your patients, and these allegations can stand between you and your professional goal. Fortunately, it is possible to fight back and work to defend your license and keep your criminal record clean. 

Felon in possession of a firearm charges are serious

Felons can't have guns in their possession. This is a commonly stated fact; however, many people don't realize the scope of what this means. The United States Sentencing Commission puts out statistics about some of the more common points of the matter.

One interesting point is that the Middle District of Florida is one of the top five districts for felons in possession of a firearm. Throughout the nation as a whole, the vast majority, 98.2%, were males. Just over half of them, 51.2%, were Black. Whites accounted for 27%, and Hispanics comprised 18.8% of offenders.

Challenges exist to prove white collar crimes

White collar crime charges are challenging to face because there are many different aspects of these cases to work through. In many instances, the paper trail is considerable. It might show one story that is completely different from the truth in the case. This possibility has to be considered as a factor in the defense strategy you choose to use.

It is puzzling to some people why someone in the corporate world would take steps to unlawfully obtain money and risk everything that they already have. The answer to this isn't always easy, but it is possible that there wasn't actually any unlawful activity. Financial transactions can be so complex that sometimes what appears to be illegal is actually nothing more than a simple error that was misconstrued by the prosecution. In fact, many white collar crime defenses can be based on the fact that there was no intentional fraud or other criminal activity.

Ignition interlocks are sometimes used in drunk driving cases

One of the possible penalties that people have to face for drunk driving convictions is having to use an ignition interlock. These devices are meant to determine the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of the driver before the vehicle will move. The goal is to prevent future instances of impaired driving.

These devices are installed on your vehicle by an approved company. The results are continually recorded so they can be provided to the court. If you try to start the vehicle, you blow directly into the device. If the reading is higher than a preset limit, the car won't start. If the reading is acceptable, you are free to drive where you need.

There is no such thing as an accidental white collar crime

Many people think that all white collar crimes involve some intricate plan, but this might not be the case. There are some cases in which these criminal matters are fairly simple. There are a few points that anyone who is trying to learn more about these crimes should know.

One of the most important points about all of these crimes is that you can't accidentally commit them. They all require purposeful actions. This can be important in some cases, but you can't base a defense on ignorance so be sure to figure out whether you can work in the accidental aspect of your claim into your defense.

Defending the futures of students accused of crimes

When a Florida student is facing accusations of criminal activity, this is more than just a minor inconvenience or unfortunate situation. Violations of school rules or even formal criminal charges can affect your future or the future for your child. It's smart to take this seriously and begin working on a practical defense strategy.

Most schools have codes of conduct that outline expectations for student behavior. When a student breaks a rule, it may not seem like a big deal, but this can lead to expulsion, suspension, loss of scholarships and more. It is especially serious when these matters also involve criminal charges or the potential for charges. You can fight for your long-term interests or your child's interests by seeking defense help as soon as possible.

Reasonable suspicion, probable cause and drunk driving charges

Police officers have to try to keep the roads safe for everyone. Drunk drivers are a public safety hazard, so officers need to try to keep these individuals off the roads. One way to do this is to pull people over if they are suspected of driving drunk.

When it comes to initiating a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving, the police officer only needs to have reasonable suspicion that something is wrong with the motorist. There are several signs that point to an impaired driver. Some of these include:

  • Swerving between lanes
  • Straddling the center line
  • Making illegal turns
  • Braking frequently
  • Driving too slow or too fast
  • Almost hitting things along the roadway
  • Stopping without a good reason
  • Failing to follow traffic laws

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