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You Have The Right To Learn About Your Miranda Rights In Florida

You Have The Right To Learn About Your Miranda Rights In Florida

A person’s rights after an arrest in Florida are an important part of the law that many people are not completely familiar with. What follows is what you need to know about post-arrest rights in Florida. Miranda The rights a person has after arrest in the United States were first distilled by the Supreme Court in the case Miranda v. Arizona. The 1966 decision spelled out to law enforcement that a suspect must be advised of his right against self incrimination under the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution before they may question him in custody. In the case, the suspect confessed to law...

Why is mail fraud so serious?

When a person thinks of federal crimes, it is highly likely that the bigger and flashier crimes typical of Hollywood blockbusters often come to mind first and foremost. However, a crime does not need to be a big, flashy production in order to fall under federal jurisdiction. In fact, mail fraud actually falls under this category. But why is mail fraud such a serious crime? What does mail fraud entail? The Department of Justice looks into mail fraud as a federal crime. Mail fraud falls under this category due to the fact that it involves the use of a government-sanctioned system, i.e. the...

Write This Down: The Facts Of Florida’s Laws Against Forgery

Write This Down: The Facts Of Florida’s Laws Against Forgery

Forgery in Florida is a serious offense. Many Floridians have been victimized by forgery crimes, and the cost to Floridians of forgery runs into the tens of millions of dollars each year. What follows is a brief overview of the laws prohibiting forgery in Florida. History Despite the public misconception, the history of the term “forgery” has nothing to do with a blacksmith’s forge. “Forgery” comes to Modern English via the Anglo-French verb forger, which means the act of falsifying. Forgery has long been a part of English common law, and today it is a crime in every American state and...

Take A Second To Learn About Second Degree Murder In Florida

Take A Second To Learn About Second Degree Murder In Florida

Florida law classifies the unlawful killing of another person into several degrees. While the most serious is first degree murder, Florida’s laws on second degree murder come into play on a regular basis. Following is what you need to know about second degree murder in Florida. History The first American jurisdiction to divide murder into degrees was Pennsylvania in the late 18th century. Initially the push to divide murder into degrees was prompted by the desire to penalize murder with some punishment less severe than the death penalty. Gradually American states adopted the practice by...

Officials may add RICO charges to securities offenses

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act covers offenses related to an ongoing pattern of unlawful activity. As described by the Wall Street Journal, federal officials first used RICO to indict individuals purportedly involved in organized crime. The unlawful activities often included drug trafficking. The U.S. Department of Justice notes that federal prosecutors may file RICO charges against individuals allegedly engaged in mail, securities or wire fraud. Indictments under the RICO Act may result in harsher penalties than charges covering only white collar offenses....

You Have The Right To Learn About Your Miranda Rights In Florida

Get Your Hands On The Facts Surrounding Shoplifting In Florida

Shoplifting is a crime of significant concern in Florida. Although individual cases tend to involve very little value, in the aggregate retailers lose tens of billions of dollars each year to shoplifting. The following is what you need to know if you find yourself charged with shoplifting in Florida. History There has been shoplifting as long as there has been retail shops. The first instance known to English common law was prosecuted in the 16th century by individuals known as “lifters” (women who shoplifted were known as “Amazons” or “roaring girls”). The following century saw shopkeepers...

Get Your Sights On Florida’s Gun Control Laws

Get Your Sights On Florida’s Gun Control Laws

Gun control laws in Florida is a highly contentious subject, especially over the past several years. Many misconceptions persist about Florida’s gun control laws, and this article will address some of those misconceptions as it covers the basics of gun control laws in Florida. Illegal Firearms Florida law prohibits several different types of firearms and accessories for firearms. In general, firearms and firearms accessories that have a high rate of fire, are difficult to track, and are particularly dangerous are illegal in Florida. Illegal firearms and firearms accessories include...

Are counterfeit goods becoming a problem?

If you are somebody who sells products as part of a business, you want your goods to be authentic and not imitations. Selling counterfeit goods is against federal law and could result in legal penalties. Additionally, if a customer buys a counterfeit product from you and gets hurt from using it, it could lead to litigation against you. The rise of online shopping is exposing more customers to the risk of buying counterfeit goods without knowing about it. CBS News recently reported on how this increased risk is unfolding. The problems with overseas shipping Overseas sellers are becoming a...

The Nuts And Bolts Of Being Arrested In Florida

The Nuts And Bolts Of Being Arrested In Florida

Being arrested is never fun. Although an arrest by itself isn’t necessarily a life-altering event, it is usually an event fraught with fear and uncertainty. However, a little knowledge may help to make being arrested in Florida a little less frightening. Here’s what you need to know if you find yourself under arrest in Florida. Detention Versus Arrest Under Florida law, a law enforcement officer may conduct a detention, which is not the same as an arrest. Often known as a “stop and frisk,” in a detention an officer may ask you to identify yourself and explain why you are where you are....

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