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3 Crimes You Might Be Surprised to Learn Are Felonies in Florida

Committing a felony in Florida can come with steep consequences, often resulting in jail time and fines. However, avoiding felony charges may be difficult when there are some that are hiding in plain sight. In this article, a felony defense lawyer in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm shares three crimes you may be surprised […]...

Accused of Being Involved in a Ponzi Scheme? Here’s What to Do Next.

Ponzi schemes, also called pyramid schemes, are often the punchline of the joke. You may think of timeshare salespeople, investing schemes, or multi-level marketing (MLM) companies, and, in many cases, you might be correct. But what you might not know about Ponzi schemes is that they are a federal crime. In this article, a federal […]...

Common Federal Cybercrimes

Cybercrime impacts people across state lines, and, as such, they are under federal jurisdiction. The term “cybercrime” encompasses a great number of crimes, but there are a few that are more common than others. In this article, a federal defense attorney in St. Petersburg with The Rickman Law Firm shares the four most common federal […]...

How Domestic Violence Charges Can Impact Future Custody Arrangements

In 2019, 105,298 crimes of domestic violence were reported to Florida law enforcement agencies resulting in 66,069 arrests, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. This number has only increased during COVID-19 lockdowns due to increased stress and isolation. If you have been accused of domestic violence, it can be incredibly frustrating and, […]...

How Victim Resistance Can Impact Robbery Charges

Robbery charges are complicated enough, but the charges can become even more complex when you add in victim resistance. In this brief article, a robbery defense attorney in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm shares a few basics about robbery charges and what to do in the case of victim resistance. Related: Everything You Need […]...

What to Do If Accused of Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud was already skyrocketing in popularity in recent years, and the pandemic sent that number even higher. In fact, credit card fraud increased from 17,236 reports in the first quarter of 2015 to 45,120 reports in the same quarter of 2020, according to research conducted by Atlas VPN. That’s an increase of 161.7 […]...

Why Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer Does NOT Mean You’re a Criminal

Everyone makes mistakes. Making mistakes does not inherently make you a criminal. In the same way, some people will face trouble with the law, and asking for help in those situations does not make you a criminal. Still, hiring a criminal defense lawyer often carries a stigma of guilt, leading to thousands of people in […]...

Do Probations Officers Have the Final Say in Violation Accusations?

When facing accusations of violation of probation (VOP) by your probation officer, it can often feel like “he said, she said.” It can be difficult enough to understand your rights when you are on probation and, when dealing with a probation officer who you don’t feel has your best interest at heart, you might begin […]...

Ways to Protect Yourself from Accusations of PPP Loan Fraud

Businesses across the U.S. are being audited after receiving loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Despite not doing anything wrong, your business may be questioned or investigated. Any business that submitted a PPP application and/or received a PPP loan should be aware of the program’s requirements and the various circumstances that may raise a […]...

Does Carrying Legally Obtained Marijuana Constitute Drug Trafficking?

With the changes in the legality of marijuana and the differences between states, it can be tricky to understand what constitutes drug trafficking. You may have legally obtained marijuana in one state only to find traveling with it may pose some legal issues. Before you travel with marijuana, even if legally obtained, it’s important to […]...

Case Results

Felony Public Assistance Fraud Case Dropped

The Client was charged with public assistance fraud after allegedly using fraudulent qualification. After a successful plea negotiation, the Defense got the client into a diversion program, of which allows the charges to be completely...
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Domestic Violence Battery Dropped

The Defendant was accused of hitting his wife. The morning of trial the State dropped the charges due to the evidence the Defense found....
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NO CONVICTION FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY CHARGE REDUCED FROM AGGRAVATED CHILD ABUSE

The Client was arrested and initially charged with Aggravated Child Abuse after allegations that the Client harmed his newborn baby causing the baby to have serious injuries. Attorney Anthony Rickman, through extensive litigation and negotiation...
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