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Helping with a crime is illegal in its own right

You don't have to directly commit a white collar crime to get charged with criminal activity. Helping with the crime in any way, intentionally, can bring on charges for aiding and abetting.

You do not even have to be there when the crime happens to face these types of charges, so having an alibi is not as beneficial.

Middle school teacher facing DUI charges

A middle school teacher in Florida has been accused of driving under the influence of alcohol and arrested. Though the legal limit in Florida is a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent, authorities claim that his BAC came in at 0.263 percent, which would put him more than three times higher.

The teacher is 29 years old.

Alcohol addiction can lead to drunk driving

People often act like those who drive under the influence are choosing to do so without any outside factors that play a role in their decisions. The reality, though, is that addiction can be a significant factor that may even lead them to make choices that they know are dangerous and that they later regret.

Addiction experts note that driving under the influence absolutely "may be [a] symptom of an alcohol addiction." It means that the person's drinking has a hold on their life that they cannot shake, and they are starting to make hazardous choices while in the grip of that addiction.

What does it mean to be accused of cyber crimes?

The leaps and bounds by which the cyber world has grown in recent years continue to astonish many people. You can sit in your living room here in Florida and communicate with someone across the country or across the globe.

Such advances have made the world smaller, but have also made it more dangerous in some respects. Cybercrimes happen every day, and if authorities accuse you of committing a cybercrime (also referred to as a computer crime), you may want to seek out the appropriate guidance as soon as possible after you discover that officials suspect you of wrongdoing.

Can you still buy an AR-15 in Florida?

The AR-15 is one of the most common and popular rifles in the country, but it is also one of the most controversial. Some have called for "assault weapons" like the AR-15 to be banned. They are designed along similar lines as military weapons -- they're auto-loaders, for instance, with a semi-automatic firing system -- and they have large-capacity magazines.

Can you still purchase one in Florida, or have the laws been changed to outlaw these weapons?

The holidays are a common time for Florida DUI arrests

The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years are all about celebrating the holidays. From company holiday parties to family get-togethers, there is plenty of partying to go around. Law enforcement knows this, which is why the holidays see an increase in DUI arrests in Florida and elsewhere.

Mother in Florida arrested on DUI charges with children

Police responded to the scene of a car accident in Florida, and they arrested a woman who had been involved in the wreck. They claim that she was under the influence of alcohol at the time, and she is now facing charges.

Moreover, the woman had five children in the car with her. Reports say that four of them were not properly restrained. This has added to the charges the woman faces.

Brass knuckles are not just made of metal

Brass knuckles, as the name implies, are traditionally made of metal. They saw a lot of exposure in combat in the early part of the last century -- in both world wars -- and metal designs were tough and easy to produce. In many cases, they were actually attached to other weapons, like knives. They were a last resort for soldiers in a close-quarters battle.

Today, though, brass knuckles have changed. You can still find them on knives and in traditional stand-alone designs, but they have a more widespread appeal, thanks, in large part, to movies and video games. In fact, they have been made into jewelry, with one of the most popular designs simply being a set of brass knuckles on a thin chain to be worn around the neck.

White collar crime: What is insider trading?

You want to maximize your investments. Whenever possible, this means buying when the stock is low and then selling after a dramatic increase. You're always looking for ways to predict when the value is about to jump. Clearly, watching for an increase in value and then buying could mean that you miss the spike you're looking for.

As you do this, make sure that you do not engage in insider trading. Though it may seem attractive from a financial perspective, it is illegal.

Did police arrest or cite you for violating the 3-step law?

You may be asking yourself, "What 3-step law?" Don't worry. You haven't missed something important when it comes to gun ownership. Florida doesn't have any such law, but it is something of which firearms instructors, police or other gun owners should be aware.

So, where did this 3-step rule come from then? No one is sure. It will probably never be law here in Florida. Instead, what you need to know is that you may conceal a weapon in your vehicle without a permit as long as it is in a secure case and not immediately accessible to you.

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