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Military meets civilian: Criminal cases regarding service members

Members of the military are held to a higher code of conduct than many other people. While this means that they do have to be careful about what they do on base and off, there are times when issues might arise. Criminal matters for military members have some considerations that aren't present for civilians.

One of the biggest things to remember is that civilians are only subjected to federal, state and local laws. Military members are subjected to all of these, as well as the Uniform Code of Military Justice

Biscayne Park setup scandal is a call for recorded interrogations

You've heard the story. In Biscayne Park, just north of Miami, officers were directed to pin crimes on innocent people in order to improve their percentage of closed cases. In many cases, the people targeted were African-Americans with prior criminal records. and one officer has already admitted to fabricating five confessions.

"If you see anybody black walking through our streets and they have somewhat of a record, arrest them so we can pin them for all the burglaries" an officer claims that commanders told him.

Defending your teaching license after a crime

As a teacher, you're expected to set an example. You should be the person students look up to and ask for help. Unfortunately, even the kindest and most responsible people make mistakes. The trouble with yours is that it could cost you the teaching license you worked so hard to obtain.

In Florida, educator misconduct is a catch-all term for actions a teacher takes in class or in the community that may cause harm to students or reflect poorly on the school system. Some examples would be fraud, physical abuse, drunk driving or using drugs on or off campus

Expungement: Your options in Florida

Expungement is a process during which your criminal conviction is sealed from state and federal records or destroyed completely. The purging of a criminal record can help you in many ways, making it easier for you to find work and to have a clear reputation when you apply for rental properties or student loans through the government.

Expungement helps people who can show that enough time has passed since the qualifying offense or that they've been cleared of the offense. For instance, if you are convicted but later prove that you were not guilty, it's possible to get your record expunged, in most cases

Navigating the shoals of a nurse licensure complaint

Many nurses fail to realize that it’s not a serious criminal matter that can put their license status in jeopardy. It could be a complaint. Any person can file an official complaint against a nurse, including disgruntled ex-coworkers, spiteful patients, jilted lovers and past employers.

If someone has filed a complaint against you, it is not the complaint in and of itself that determines the trajectory of your career. It might be the way you respond and handle the ensuring circumstances.

Is it possible to commit a crime in your sleep?

A few weeks ago, the reboot of the hit 90s TV sitcom “Roseanne” was cancelled after its star, Roseanne Barr, tweeted offensive, racist comments on Twitter. After the incident, the comedian claimed that her behavior was a side effect of having taken the common sleep aid, Ambien. The drug’s manufacturers denied the claim, pointing out that no drug causes racism.

While the link between a sleep aid and racist sentiment may be a stretch, the claim that Ambien may cause a patient to unwittingly post on social media could hold water. In today’s post, we examine some of the serious side effects of the world’s most popular sleep aid.

What happens if you’re accused of shoplifting?

Do you know which steps to take if someone accuses you of shoplifting? Are you confident that you'll be able to avoid trouble with the law?

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, an accusation of shoplifting can range from a minor nuisance to something much more serious (in the event of a conviction).

The inherent flaws in eyewitness testimony

The increased sophistication of DNA technology in recent years has affirmed what many defense attorneys and criminal defendants have suspected for years: eyewitness testimony is a flawed form of evidence. In fact, in 70 percent of cases where DNA evidence exonerated individuals who had been wrongly convicted, there had been eyewitness misidentification.

Nonetheless, eyewitness accounts continue to be used in many trials around the country. In today’s article, we examine why this practice is ineffective:

How a criminal conviction can impact your job and career

People facing criminal charges often tend to fixate on the criminal consequences. These often include jail time, as well as steep fines and community service. Some charges can impact your personal or professional licenses, while others may require counseling or drug abuse education. While these consequences are serious, they are also not the only concerns that you need to consider.

There are non-criminal consequences involved any time you get convicted of or plead guilty to criminal charges. A criminal record of any sort can have a negative impact on your job and your overall career goals and prospects. You could face reduced job prospects, income and even an inability to find future positions in your field in the wake of a criminal conviction.

Price spikes for drug used to revive opioid overdose victims

The opioid crisis has reached dangerous heights. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, 63,632 people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. About two-thirds of those deaths were from a prescription drug or an opioid.

Like the rest of the country, Florida has been overwhelmed by the opioid crisis. In Sarasota County, death from accidental overdose was up 24.2 percent from 2015 to 2016.

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