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3 factors that lead to embezzlement

Embezzlement is a type of theft or fraud. Typically, someone steals from their workplace and then attempts to cover it up. For instance, someone in accounting may be able to reroute $100,000 to their own bank account every year and then doctor the books to make the money "disappear." The goal is more than simple theft. The goal is to have the crime fly under the radar so that no one knows it even happened.

Why do people do this? Researchers who have studied it found three major factors. They are:

  1. Opportunity
  2. Pressure
  3. Rationalization

Mother in Florida gets DUI with infant in the car

A woman allegedly caused a car accident while intoxicated in Cape Coral, Florida, and the police arrested her when they arrived at the scene.

Reports indicate that the young woman ran into the rear-end of the next car, which caused that driver to lose control of the vehicle and spin out. Debris flew all over the road and caused damage to a third vehicle. The wreck happened on Del Prado Boulevard on Monday, Sept. 24.

Did police violate your rights during a search of your property?

Are you facing criminal charges as a direct result of a search and seizure on your property by Florida law enforcement? It is beneficial to carefully review your situation and ensure you did not experience a violation of your personal rights. Police have to follow certain protocol, and violating procedures could undermine the entire case against you. 

Search and seizure procedures are often a significant part of cases involving drug crimes. There is a fine line between what police are allowed to do within the scope of an investigation and what violates your civil rights. As part of your defense strategy, you may bring into question the collection of evidence against you and the behavior of the police.

Requirements for a charge of robbery

Committing a crime in Florida does not mean that your life is over. It does not mean that you will be in jail for years on end. It all depends on the crime you committed, the evidence collected and how strong the defense to the charges are that you built with your defense attorney. Today, we will take a look at the requirements for a robbery charge in Orlando.

In order for you to be charged with robbery in Florida, the following requirements need to be met:

  • An intent to steal by taking;
  • The personal property belonging to someone else;
  • From their presence;
  • Against their will;
  • Using a threat of force, intimidation or violence

Is it illegal to drink and operate a watercraft?

If you are considering the purchase of a watercraft, you need to know all of the laws associated with these vessels. It's not easy owning a boat, jet ski, kayak or any other type of watercraft. You need to go to a boating education class for a boater's license. You need insurance and have to pay other fees. It's also important to know that you can be charged with boating under the influence if you are drinking and operating the boat.

A common warning issued by the United States Coast Guard is that alcohol can be more hazardous when consumed on the water compared to on land. The operator of a boat or other watercraft can be pulled over by law enforcement agencies of all levels if they're suspected of boating under the influence -- just like a traffic stop can be initiated on land.

What are some common defenses to weapons charges?

Facing a weapons charge in Florida is never easy. You likely aren't sure what you will come of your freedom or your ability to own a firearm. It's always important to know the law ahead of time so you aren't faced with any surprises should you wind up charged with a weapons crime. Let's take a look at some of the defenses you can use to a weapons charge in today's post.

One common defense to a weapons charge is to argue that the search of your person or property and subsequent seizure of the weapon in question was done so illegally. Police officers must have probable cause before subjecting you to a search and must have a search warrant for your property. If the officer lied to obtain a search warrant or searched you without cause, it might help have the charge dismissed.

3 common types of white collar crime charges

White collar crime is a diverse legal category that covers a lot of different types of criminal activities. These activities are generally performed by "professionals" who work in offices and deal with insurance, accounting, medical billing and other financial matters. Here are three different types of white collar crimes with their meanings:

Money laundering: When a criminal organization acquires money through illegal activities, that money is usually acquired "under the table," and when the criminal organization or actor suddenly uses that money to carry out a large public transaction, it might tip off authorities -- who will wonder where the money came -- resulting in a criminal investigation. Money laundering is a process of making the money look like it was legitimately acquired through dummy business deals.

What should you know if charged with drug possession in Florida?

Facing criminal charges of any kind is overwhelming, frustrating and confusing. For individuals facing allegations of drug-related offenses, they may be unsure of the specific penalties they are facing and how they can fight back. You have the right to a defense, regardless of the type of drug charges against you.

One of the most common drug charges a person may face in Florida is drug possession charges. There are various types of possession charges, and the penalties vary depending on the severity of the charges against you and the details of your individual case. You may find it helpful to seek an evaluation of your case in order to understand your defense options.

Penalties for driving under the influence in Florida

Drunk driving is an all-too-common issue in Florida. In 2017, there were more than 43,800 tickets issued for driving under the influence (DUI) and more than 24,300 convictions for DUI, according to the Florida DMV. Those are some frightening numbers. If you received one of the more than 43,800 tickets given out then you will likely want to know the penalties you are facing.

If you are convicted of a second DUI in Florida the law mandates that you have an ignition interlock device installed in your car. It's also possible for those convicted of DUI for a first time have the device installed. It all depends on the circumstances of the incident and the decision of the judge.

Explaining the white collar crime of embezzlement

One of the most common types of white collar crimes is that of embezzlement. Embezzlement occurs when a person entrusted with funds or other assets commits the theft of that money. This crime is most often committed in the corporate world. To take it one step further, accounting embezzlement is when the numbers are changed to hide the fact that money has been taken.

Embezzlement is a common crime because people who are given access to someone else's money tend to get greedy. They figure they won't get caught if they can manipulate the numbers to hide the theft. They also believe that since they've done it before and haven't gotten caught that they are really good at it.

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