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Trends In Florida White Collar Crime

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on September 16, 2022

“White collar crime” is a catch-all term generally referring to financial misdeeds committed by business or government professionals. Tax crimes, fraud, bribery, embezzlement, tech-related crimes, illegal pyramid schemes and kickbacks – among other activities – all fall under the white collar crime umbrella. According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Middle […]

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Differences Between Theft, Robbery, And Burglary Crimes In Florida

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on September 9, 2022

In Florida, “theft” is a broad category covering a wide range of potential crimes. It is easy to get this confused with crimes like robbery or burglary, but the crimes and potential penalties can vary dramatically based on what the prosecution charges. It is important for those facing any of these potential charges to know […]

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What is “Hearsay” in A Florida Criminal Trial?

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on September 2, 2022

For anyone even vaguely familiar with the criminal trial process, the word “hearsay” will seem familiar. It is one of the most important and frequently cited rules in a criminal trial, as it involves statements that can be incriminating or prejudicial to a defendant. The definition of hearsay under Florida’s Evidence Code is an out-of-court […]

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What To Know About The Right To Appeal in Florida Criminal Cases

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on August 26, 2022

When faced with any type of criminal charge, a defendant’s goal is to be acquitted or have charges dropped. Alternatively, they may seek a favorable plea agreement that is less harmful than a conviction. Sometimes, despite all efforts by the defendant and their legal team, they find themselves convicted of a crime. The question, then, […]

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Organized Fraud Crimes in Florida, And How to Defend Against Charges

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on August 17, 2022

The rapid growth of technology and the ease of communication online has had many benefits, but has also led to a growth in criminal activity and online fraud. One way that Florida protects against widespread fraud is through Florida’s Organized Fraud statute. Under Florida Statutes, Sec. 817.034, anyone who “engages in a scheme to defraud […]

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Health Care Fraud Crimes In Florida

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on August 10, 2022

Health care fraud is an increasingly scrutinized criminal activity that invites constant attention from Federal and State prosecutors and regulatory agencies. When health care fraud makes the news, it is often in a big way, with defendants charged for collecting tens of millions in fraudulent profits and kickbacks. In 2007, the FBI established a Health […]

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Bank Fraud Crimes And Potential Defenses

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on August 3, 2022

Bank fraud is usually thought of as something that happens among high-ranking white collar criminals in the financial industries – not something that occurs among everyday people among the general public. Technically, however, acts of bank fraud can be committed by anybody with any kind of access to a financial institution. Bank fraud happens when […]

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Defending Against Charges Of Insurance Fraud In Florida

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on July 27, 2022

Giving false information to an insurance company in Florida to obtain undeserved benefits can lead to serious criminal charges. Insurance fraud can involve auto, life, homeowner’s, worker’s compensation, or health insurance, and any other insurance covering damages to people or property. In Florida, insurance fraud rates continue to rise, with thousands of insurance fraud claims […]

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What is “Double Jeopardy”, And When Does It Apply To Your Case?

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on July 20, 2022

Many people have heard of the “Double Jeopardy” rule in criminal cases, but are unsure exactly what that means. Essentially, it is a Constitutional right not to be put on trial twice for the same crime, if acquitted the first time. The U.S. Constitution’s Fifth Amendment and Article I, Section 9 of the Florida Constitution […]

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What To Know About Asset Forfeiture in Florida

By trombleyhanesl | Posted on June 14, 2022

Civil asset forfeiture may occur in combination with a criminal case, when law enforcement takes property that was allegedly used in relation to criminal activity. Unlike many other states, Florida does not have criminal forfeiture. However, takings under the civil forfeiture process are held to a criminal standard of proof – beyond a reasonable doubt. […]

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