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What to Do if Accused of Tax Evasion

Individuals, corporations, and trusts have a certain tax liability or amount required to pay. Failure to pay or illegal underpayment of those taxes as well as the misrepresentation of assets to lower expected payment amounts constitutes tax evasion, which is a very serious federal crime.  In this brief article, a federal criminal defense attorney in […]

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What To Do If You are Accused of Having Child Pornography

The accusation of having or distributing child pornography is among the most serious a person may face. There are laws against child pornography at both the state and federal level, and punishment is severe. In this brief article, a child pornography attorney in Tampa discusses what child pornography is and what to do if you […]

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When Intoxication Leads to Aggravated Assault

Intoxication, especially in public, may lead you to do things you might not otherwise do. For this reason, intoxication is a common cause of aggravated assault. According to Florida Statutes, an aggravated assault is “an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or with intent to commit a felony.” Aggravated assault is a […]

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When is Medical Marijuana Use Illegal in Florida?

With the passage of Amendment 2 in the state of Florida in 2016, the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes became legal for people with qualifying conditions for specific uses. However, despite the legalization of medical marijuana, you can still be arrested for possession and unauthorized distribution of marijuana, even if you or the person […]

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When Sales Tactics Constitute Fraud

In 2019, over 1.7 million cases of fraud were reported to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), resulting in $232 million returned to consumers through lawsuits. Fraud is considered a white-collar (non-violent and financially motivated) crime and is defined as obtaining property or any other type of value (money, services, etc.) through deceit. Although the word […]

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Everything to Know About The Difference Between Robbery and Burglary

Burglary and robbery are often used interchangeably, but the two are very different in the eyes of the law. The key differences between robbery and burglary can determine the severity of sentencing and mean the difference between a fine and a lengthy prison sentence.  In this brief article, we’ll review the main differences between robbery […]

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Defending Against Accusations of Criminal Fraud

The state of Florida defines “scheme to defraud” as the “intent to obtain property from one or more persons by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises or willful misrepresentations of a future act.” That’s a broad definition, to say the least. There are numerous types of fraud — credit card fraud, identity theft crimes, […]

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Accused of Fleeing the Scene of an Accident? Here Are Your Possible Defenses

You wake up in the hospital after colliding with another vehicle in a serious accident on I-95. You don’t remember much about the accident apart from driving a little too fast on the road — still slick from torrential downpour — and hydroplaning. You remember coming into contact with another vehicle, but it is not […]

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It Wasn’t Me: How to Fight Accusations of Identity Theft

Identity theft is a serious crime that involves the deliberate use of someone else’s personal information without their permission, usually to obtain money or credit. The State of Florida has several laws that target multiple forms of identity theft including but not limited to the criminal use of personal identification to harass someone, use of […]

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What to Do If You Are Accused of Forgery

Florida law is jam-packed with provisions related to forgery and fraud-related offenses, including a whole chapter devoted to the matter in the Florida Statutes. Many of these offenses not only constitute felonies, resulting in prosecution for creating and possessing forged or fraudulent documents, but are also subject to some of the Sunshine State’s harshest recidivist […]

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Case Results

NO CONVICTION FOR MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT CHARGE IN PINELLAS COUNTY

The Client was arrested for Assault in Pinellas County, FL after an altercation with the client’s spouse. Attorney Anthony Rickman aggressively worked to mitigate the case resulting in no conviction for the Client
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NO CHARGES FILED BY STATE FOR CHILD NEGLECT AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE ARRESTS

SB, a sixty-two (62) year old out-of-state resident was visiting his family in Pinellas County when he was arrested on April 13, 2019 for Child Neglect and Driving Under the Influence. Attorney Anthony Rickman worked
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Judge Departs from Sentencing Guidelines and Does Not Place Client in Prison

Defendant was charged with five felonies including battery on an officer resisting arrest with violence and throwing a deadly missile. Through negotiations the state agreed to drop two felonies and the judge agreed to place
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