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Avoiding insider trading accusations

Insider trading has become little more than a catchphrase in popular use over the last couple of decades. While many people generally recognize that insider trading is frowned up on or illegal, few people understand how they would actually avoid accusations of insider trading if they were confronted with an opportunity. While the world of investing is often convoluted and difficult to navigate, some basic rules can help people assess their actions and keep themselves safe while trading.

In very broad strokes, insider trading means making a securities or stock trade based on information that is not public. If you make such a trade, you may face serious penalties from the U. S. government. Agencies that monitor trading generally frown upon

  • Any trades based on nonpublic information you possess
  • Any trades based on nonpublic information that you obtain from someone else
  • Sharing inside information that could influence trades with friends or even family
  • Recommending trades based on inside knowledge, even if you do not share the knowledge
  • Sharing intentionally false information to influence a trade

Accidental firearm discharge in Florida

Gun owners in Florida enjoy many important protections of their personal liberties, but they also bear a number of important responsibilities. Among them is the responsibility to handle a firearm with appropriate care to avoid improperly discharging the weapon, especially on a residential property or in a public space. In many cases, this is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor.

If a person does discharge a weapon in a public place or in a residence, then he or she may face criminal charges for accidental or negligent discharge of a firearm, which can carry hefty fines and may affect that person's ability to continue owning and carrying firearms in the future. Among other possible penalties, a conviction of these charges can lead to a year of jail time.

Compounding pharmacies and kickback schemes

Compounding pharmacies are receiving a lot of attention in Florida, and not all of it is good. In fact, you have likely read recent news headlines about criminal charges for those allegedly involved in fraudulent acts using prescriptions for compounded drugs. Because you work in the health care industry, you may even have concerns about how this relates to you.

Federal law enforcement agencies across the country have focused on individuals and groups taking advantage of the high reimbursement rate and low regulation of compounded drugs. The MediCare Fraud Strike Force is particularly involved in identifying and prosecuting fraudsters, especially those using compound pharmaceuticals as the source of their schemes. If you are currently under suspicion of committing fraud through prescriptions for compounded drugs, you have every right to be concerned.

Country music singer arrested for DUI in drive-through

When a person makes a mistake, it is important to face one's community and make amends, in addition to facing any resulting legal consequences. While determining the most effective way to address a particular community may take some careful consideration, not everyone understands just how valuable a well-timed and executed public apology is.

Recently, country music celebrity Michael Ray received DUI charges after running into the vehicle in front of his in a McDonalds drive-through. When questioned by authorities at the scene, reports claim Ray acted as though he was intoxicated, displaying difficulty walking or standing and slurring his speech. When asked, he indicated that he was just coming from a nearby bar. In response to the incident, the local celebrity issued a statement apologizing for his actions and hoping to rebuild trust within his community and fanbase.

Maintaining a concealed carry permit in Florida

Being a responsible gun owner is crucial both to upholding your second amendment rights and to protecting your other legal rights as a citizen. Part of responsible gun ownership in Florida is maintaining proper permits for any guns you may own that require permitting, specifically handguns.

Concealed-carry permits are essential for any Florida resident who owns handguns and wishes to carry them in public, or for anyone visiting Florida with a handgun. While Florida may recognize the concealed-carry permits of a number of other states, it is important to make sure before crossing the Florida state line.

What counts as securities fraud?

Securities fraud is a certain kind of white collar financial crime that includes a number of illegal activities. One of the most common types of securities fraud is insider trading, although it is not the only type of securities fraud. In very broad strokes, securities fraud involves a person using proprietary or private information to make financial deals possible, or who misrepresents financial information for personal or unethical gain.

In insider trading, a person may use private information that the public does not have access to in order to make unfairly profitable trades. This might happen within a company or outside of it. In some cases, an employee or owner of the company may know something about the inner workings of the business and choose to see stock before it loses value quickly. Even if the person with the private information is not an employee of the company whose stock is in question, it is still insider trading.

Is a pocket breathalyzer reliable?

As technology continues to evolve, the capabilities of consumer-level devices sometimes grow in interesting directions. One particularly interesting and potentially dangerous device making waves in the market right now is the personal breathalyzer. On its face, such a device is a slam dunk innovation that helps keep everyone safer on the road. However, the reality of situation is a little more complicated.

It is a generally good idea to use a breathalyzer to determine your sobriety before getting behind the wheel if you have any reason to believe you may be over the limit. In many instances, such a device may save lives or keep someone from suffering serious injuries in an avoidable accident. However, the dependability of the technology in its current state leaves far too much room for error.

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.

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