Florida’s controversial death-penalty law managed to survive a recent appeal to a Florida appeals panel. The panel reversed a lower court ruling, allowing the state’s pending prosecution of death penalty cases to continue after a new sentencing law went into effect in April of 2016.  The state of Florida brought this consolidated case to the…

The reality of synthetic drugs is that, all too often, lawmakers and law enforcement are a step slow on making a substance illegal. Just as soon as one substance is outlawed, the chemistry of a synthetic drug would be tweaked in such a way that a new drug must then be added to Florida’s list…

White-collar crime is not a static concept, and insights reveal that the landscape of white-collar crime could be changing. Of course, there are facets of white-collar crime that will remain constant. Namely, white-collar crime will always be financially motivated, but the very name of white-collar crime implies that it is the practice of white-collar people…

It can be easy to think that tax fraud schemes are less dangerous than other criminal enterprises. Unlike traditionally violent crime, tax fraud can be done electronically and thousands of miles from a potential target. However, the danger and legal penalties for being caught in a tax fraud scheme are all too real, as these…

Netflix’s Making a Murderer has captivated the minds and imaginations of America, resulting in viewers demanding a pardon for Steven Avery. The documentary reveals that Mr. Avery was wrongfully convicted for a sexual assault conviction in 1985, and he served 18 years of that sentence until DNA evidence exonerated him. Then, in 2007, he was convicted…

The White Collar Crime Victim Protection Act was created by the Florida Legislature to decrease the frequency at which elder people are victimized by criminals committing “white collar,” or non-violent, fraudulent crimes that deceive or cheat victims or companies. The statute clearly summarizes white collar crimes that are covered by the statute, including crimes that…

White collar crimes range from securities and commodities fraud to pyramid schemes and health care fraud. Financial criminals account millions of dollars across multiple jurisdictions. The Vast Expanse of White Collar Crime While white collar crimes come in different styles and amounts of monies, one thing is common. Financial criminal hide their illegal offenses through…

The biggest objection judges have when sentencing offenders for white collar crimes is that the guidelines for jail terms are weighted according to how much money was made or lost by the commission of the financial crime. It’s a broad stroke approach that applies to all financial crimes, including embezzlement and insider trading. NY federal…

To curb opioid abuse by drug addicts and drug dealers in Florida, the state passed legislation in 2010 requiring pain medication centers to be doctor owned and registered with the state. About 10 years ago, Florida was the epicenter of opiate misuse, and the physicians purchasing the highest amounts of oxycodone were located in Florida….

Just before Thanksgiving this year, two men who were roommates and co-workers got in an altercation at the Destin restaurant where they were both employed. The fight escalated and one man pulled out a switchblade and began stabbing the other one. Police were called and the victim was rushed to a Pensacola hospital with multiple stab wounds…

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