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Possession of a Controlled Substance

Possession of a controlled substance is a third degree felony is the state of Florida. This means, if convicted, you could face 5 years in jail and a $5000 fine. When you are charged with drug possession for over 10 grams of heroin, your charge becomes a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

What is Drug Possession?

Drug possession can have consequences ranging from a loss of your license for up to two years to jail time and heavy fines. It is important that you do not plead guilty to a drug possession charge before you have talked to one of our experienced Florida criminal defense attorneys. This is a murky area of the law, an area in which even having paraphernalia, or a prescription medication that isn’t yours can result in serious penalties. But there are particulars to every case that can be used to have your charges dismissed or reduced.

Criminal Assault vs. Torturous Assault

Assault is defined as"an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent." In some instances, the intent may be criminal. In other cases, the intent may not be criminal, making it a civil, or tort, case.

What is an Act of Violence or Assault?

The state of Florida has a very broad definition of acts of violence and assault. Assault is defined by Florida criminal law as "an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent." This leaves significant room for interpretation, particularly in heated incidents where things can get out of hand.

Threats and Assault Charges

In Florida, a threat of violence may be classified as an act of violence, or as assault. The difference depends on your perceived ability to carry out your threat. While a threat alone may be dismissed as a momentary lapse in judgment, a threat with ability to make good will be seen as assault, and carry with it the potential for jail time and fines.

Assault vs. Aggravated Assault

In the state of Florida, assault is defined as "an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent." Assault is a second degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.

Fraud: Identity Theft

Identity theft is a white collar crime that is heavily prosecuted by both federal and state government agencies. If you have been accused of identity theft, you face years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. Identity theft is often combined with other charges including bank fraud, credit card fraud, forgery, and larceny. When these crimes are added to an identity theft charge, the penalties can be astronomical.
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A Basic Understanding of Mortgage Fraud

Mortgage fraud is a white collar crime that is seeing a surge in criminal investigations. There is no federal statute that criminalizes mortgage fraud, which means law enforcement will combine statutes including bank fraud and money laundering to build a case for prosecution.
These are serious offenses that carry with them jail time and heavy financial penalties. If you are being investigated for mortgage fraud, our attorneys can help ensure your rights are protected during every stage of this process.

Dealing with Search Warrants for Businesses

When you or your company is being investigated for a white collar crime, there will come a time when law enforcement enters your premise with a search warrant to gather information. Knowing what to do in these instances will be very helpful in protecting your rights.
How to Deal with a Search Warrant

Types of White Collar Crime

While nearly all white collar crimes are financial in nature, there are different types of crimes that can result in different penalties and punishments. Some white collar crimes are misdemeanors that may result in little more than fines. Others are felonies that may result in substantial jail time and heavy financial penalties.

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