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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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Carrying a Concealed Weapon in Florida? You May Have Just Committed a Felony

Florida is without a doubt a pro-gun state. The Sunshine State has enacted a number of pro-gun laws designed to protect lawful gun owners — we covered this topic recently in our article on Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. But there is an important distinction that must be made: Florida does not support the illegal […]

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How Florida Approaches Domestic Violence Cases

Florida’s priority is to keep victims of domestic violence safe. The state has made it incredibly easy for alleged victims to obtain domestic violence injunctions, or restraining orders. The state has also given law enforcement the authority to make an arrest if they suspect that there is an incident of domestic violence. At every turn, […]

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Fraud Cases Could Spike Due to COVID-19

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may not be the only thing that continues to see an increase in cases this summer. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there are a variety of fraudulent schemes actively occurring as people try to exploit the pandemic to their benefit. In this article, we will […]

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How a Domestic Violence Conviction Can Turn Your Life Upside Down

Domestic violence accusations often come out of nowhere to blindside alleged perpetrators. Little do they know that the effects of an accusation last far beyond a court hearing and time spent in county jail. The effects can last for the remainder of their life. In this brief article, we discuss how a domestic violence accusation […]

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Theft Laws in Florida: The Line Between Misdemeanor and Felony

The state of Florida is notorious for having strict anti-theft laws. It was only just recently that the threshold for grand theft was raised from a meager $300 to $750 — the first time it was raised in 35 years. But despite this needed adjustment, the nuances of theft laws in Florida can easily result […]

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Understanding Drug Trafficking vs. Intent to Distribute

The state of Florida has some of the strictest drug laws and penalties in the United States. Therefore, being accused of drug trafficking or possession with intent to distribute can lead to devastating consequences for both the charged individual and their loved ones due to the loss of their job, significant fines, and prison time.  […]

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Case Results

DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES ADMINISTRATIVELY DISMISSED

The Client was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (a third degree felony), Possession of Cannabis Less Than 20 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Hillsborough County after law
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GRAND THEFT CHARGE ADMINISTRATIVELY DISMISSED

The Client was arrested for Grand Theft after surveillance footage showed the Client removing a container of bracelets from a popular establishment in Tampa. As each bracelet had a retail value of $45,
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DUI CHARGE (3rd OFFENSE) DISMISSED

The Client was charged with his third DUI offense. Attorney Anthony Rickman was able to get the Client enrolled in the Veteran’s Misdemeanor Intervention Program and upon successful completion of the program the charge was
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