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Ponzi Schemes

Charles Ponzi. Bernie Madoff. When we think of the term "Ponzi scheme" those are the two names that pop into our heads. We also know the term implies a financial con of some sort, but it isn't always so clear cut. You would be surprised at what passes as a charge involving a Ponzi scheme. 

Penalties for Traveling to Meet a Minor

In Florida the crime of Traveling to Meet a Minor for sexual purposes if a felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. In addition to any jail or prison you will also have to register as a sexual offender if you are convicted of this charge. This charge will put someone in a mandatory prison range even if this is your first criminal offense ever.

Alleged Orlando fraudulent check operation leads to 17 arrests

Most are likely aware that consequences for violent crimes can be serious. Not all may be aware that convictions for nonviolent crimes such as those considered as white collar, can also result in a serious outcome. This is largely due to the fact that such crimes are considered to be federal crimes. Historically consequences for federal crimes are quite harsh regardless of the nature of the alleged crime.

Davis v. U.S. and Vehicle Searches

In its recent decision in Davis v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court held by a 7-2 vote that the exclusionary rule does not bar evidence from a search that was legal when the police conducted it but became illegal under a new rule announced by the Court while the case was waiting for a direct appeal, if police acted in good faith by relying on the law as it stood when they conducted the search. The Court's ruling has important implications for cases currently on appeal and how police will search vehicles in the future.

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