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What are the penalties for forgery in Florida?

There are a wide range of state white collar crime charges here in Florida. One example is the charge of forgery.

What constitutes the crime of forgery in Florida? It is the false making, altering, counterfeiting or forging of certain documents with the intent to cause harm or defraud. State law lists what documents forgery charges can be brought over. This list includes a wide range of documents. A few examples include forged public records, deeds, wills, passenger tickets and receipts for money/good/property.

Deputies Say Treasure Island Woman Impaired by Prescription Drugs in Alleged DUI Manslaughter


Authorities say a Treasure Island woman was impaired by prescription drugs when she struck a septuagenarian with her vehicle in Madiera Beach last Wednesday.

Twenty-six-year-old Ashley Nicole Konforte is accused by Pinellas County Sheriffs deputies of hitting 73-year-old Nancy Durham-Jones of North Port as she was crossing Gulf Boulevard north of 130th Avenue at around half past eight Wednesday evening. Officers say Durham-Jones and her husband were using a marked crosswalk after having activated the crosswalk signal when Konforte failed to yield the right of way and struck her with her 2014 Hyundai Elantra.

Paramedics from Madeira Beach Fire Rescue attempted to revive Durham-Jones at the scene of the accident, but their efforts were in vain. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morning Shooting Leads to Afternoon Arrest of Pinellas Park Man on Felony Drug Charges


A shooting early in the day in St. Petersburg last Saturday led to an arrest on felony drug charges later that day.

St. Petersburg Police responded to a report of gunfire at a residence near 22nd Avenue N. and 49th Street N. at a quarter past four on the morning of February 4. Authorities say that while officers were responding to that call, Ramon Clarence Green dropped off Iyana Worrils at St. Petersburg General Hospital 2 ½ miles away with a gunshot wound. Officers say that the 35-year-old Green arrived back to the residence while they were there, and officers questioned him upon his arrival.

Officers obtained a search warrant later in the day for the residence. They indicate that they discovered 4.3 ounces of cocaine, fourteen pounds of cannabis, and roughly three hundred pills of MDMA when they executed the warrant at the residence. Authorities estimate the value of the drugs allegedly found at the residence to be in the neighborhood of $30,000.

DUI Manslaughter Charges Given to St. Pete Beach Woman Who Allegedly Killed Pedestrian

lexus-969052_640.jpgA St. Pete Beach woman is facing charges of DUI manslaughter after Pinellas County authorities say she struck and killed a man, then fled and initiated another car wreck.

Minnesota Woman Accused of Killing Bradenton Woman While Fleeing from Another Murder Investigation Apprehended in South Texas

sea-3303191_640.jpgA woman who allegedly killed a Florida woman to attempt to assume her identity while on the lam from another murder investigation involving her husband was apprehended in Texas last week.

Another Tampa Bay Physician Indicted on Drug Charges

Another local Tampa Bay area doctor faces federal drug charges this month. Dr. John Anthony Gianoli, III, a physician practicing in St. Petersburg and Largo, was indicted recently on five counts of illegally distributing or causing the distribution of oxycodone.

Hillsborough Judge to Decide "Stand Your Ground" Case

A Hillsborough judge will decide within the next two weeks whether the state's case against Jimmy Cruz, accused of shooting a man last year during a Tampa bar brawl, will be dismissed under Florida's "stand your ground" law. Cruz is charged with second-degree murder in the May 2011 death of Walter "J.J." Revear.

Pinellas Deputies Say Drunk Driver Initiated Fatal Four-Vehicle Wreck

Pinellas County authorities say alcohol may have been involved in a car accident that killed two individuals and injured a third.

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