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What should I know about money laundering?

People often talk about the crime of money laundering on television and in in the movies. But what does this term actually mean?

Money laundering involves the transfer of money that was earned through criminal activity so that it appears as if it were legitimately earned. The act allows people who have committed crimes to obscure the true origins of their money.

Understanding distracted driving law in Florida

Distracted driving by itself is not a crime--but certain types of distracted driving are against the law. While it may be legal to eat a hamburger or wrangle your kids in the back seat while driving, certain types of cell phone use are illegal.

In today's post, we outline the basics of Florida's distracted driving law:

Your DUI case began the moment the officer pulled you over

If you're facing DUI charges in Florida, it's important to keep in mind that the State's DUI case against you began the moment the officer pulled you over. In this article, we'll take a quick overview of each stage of a Florida DUI arrest from the defendant's standpoint.

 

How to create a strong alibi--and use it effectively

If you're charged with a crime, having a strong alibi can go a long way in getting you off the hook. An alibi can be evidence or a claim. It serves to demonstrate that you couldn't have committed the crime in question, because you were in a different location at the time the event took place.

A strong alibi

Tips for avoiding a DUI this holiday season

The holidays are quickly approaching. It’s the time of year when we let loose and celebrate. We gather with family and friends to eat, drink and be merry.

However, Christmas and New Year’s are also two of the deadliest days of the year to be on the road. Traffic fatalities are 2 – 3 times more likely on these days, and 40 percent of these fatalities are caused by drunk drivers.

When does a Florida drunk driving charge become a felony?

Facing any kind of criminal charge is cause for concern. The more serious the charge, the more likely it is to impact your freedom and your future. Florida law divides crimes into two categories, which are misdemeanors and felonies. The more serious a crime is, the more likely it is to be a felony charge, rather than a misdemeanor charge.

People make many assumptions about what differentiates a misdemeanor from a felony. Unfortunately, not all of those assumptions are accurate.

Do you understand vehicular homicide charges in Florida?

Every time you get behind the wheel of a car, you assume the potential risk of a collision. You may not think about it, but there is always danger when operating a multiple-ton vehicle. Taking that risk for granted can cause people to make questionable decisions while at the wheel. Of course, you are not the only one that the vehicle you drive endangers.

Anyone with whom you cross paths, from other drivers to pedestrians and cyclists, can also wind up injured or even dead as a result of poor decisions at the wheel. If you drove in a dangerous manner and caused a crash that resulted in the death of another person, it is possible that the State of Florida will charge you with vehicular homicide.

For pharmacists, allegations of addiction can end a career

In many ways, becoming a pharmacist is a similar career path to becoming a doctor. Not only does it require scientifically intensive undergraduate studies, but also a graduate pharmaceutical degree. Also needed is accreditation from the state licensing board where you hope to practice your profession. In Florida, that authority is the Florida Board of Pharmacy.

Pharmacists in Florida are held to a high standard of ethical and professional behavior. Pharmacists who fail to uphold their duty to their clients, as well as those who commit morally questionable offenses, may find themselves at risk of losing their state licensing.

Florida’s ex-felons regain the right to vote

If you’re convicted of a crime, your whole life changes in an instant. You may lose your freedom for months or years—kept away from your loved ones and treated like a second-class citizen.

When you’re finally released, the social marginalization—in many ways—continues. With a criminal record, you may find it difficult to get an apartment, land a job or go back to school. It can seem as though your entire community is constantly penalizing you for a mistake you’ve already paid dearly for.

Can I expunge convictions on my record to help my career?

Too often in America, we operate with an invisible separation between "us" and "them," especially when it comes to criminal convictions. We like to think of ourselves as generally good people who may make mistakes from time to time, while we tend to separate ourselves from "them" -- the people who are beyond help or trust, even if we are accused and convicted of similar actions.

In reality, anyone can make a mistake, and there are numerous factors that influence the choices that we make and how those choices affect us. Unfortunately, sometimes a mistake from our past comes back to haunt our professional lives. It may even keep someone who is otherwise qualified from obtaining a coveted position or license to practice.

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