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Criminal charges related to a phishing scam

We all get emails, and for most of us, we believe we get too many emails. While we send and receive e-mails on a daily basis, we never think that transmitting a message could result in a criminal charge. Some emails are viewed as scams, a way to steal a person's identity or even obtain intellectual property. These are labeled as Internet crimes, and such a charge could seriously impact the accused as they carry with them serious penalties.

According to Florida statute 815.04, an offense against intellectual property occurs when a person introduces a computer contaminant willfully, knowingly and without the authorization of the owner. This also includes modifying or rendering information, data, programs and documents unavailable. This offense also occurs when a person willfully, knowingly and without authorization destroys data, programs or documents that reside or exist in the internal or external computer. Finally, this offense could occur when a person willfully, knowingly and without authorization discloses or takes information, data, programs and other documentation that is defined as a trade secret.

Taking action against domestic violence allegations

Love in a relationship can die. This is often cited as a reason for ending a marriage or relationship. When fights and disputes occur, this too can be a natural course of a relationship ending. While some of these fights can get out of hand or aggressive, it is a serious accusation to make when a spouse claims the other spouse attacked him or her. Domestic abuse is a serious matter in Florida and elsewhere, and these types of allegations should also be treated seriously.

Being falsely accused of domestic violence could significantly impact the accused. It not only could result in a spouse being arrested, a protection order could be issued. This ultimately could seriously impact the divorce settlement and family law issues, such as child custody. At Kaylor Law Group, our experienced attorneys take these matters seriously.

Do I need a criminal defense attorney?

If you are facing criminal charges, you may feel comfortable enough handling your own defense. After all, perhaps you have been through the criminal justice system in the past, or you simply enjoy watching reruns of "Law and Order."

Even if you think your case is simple enough to handle on your own, the advice of an experienced attorney can prove invaluable. The more you have at stake, the more you may benefit from legal counsel.

Understanding drug cultivation and manufacturing charges

When individuals in Florida and elsewhere think of drug crimes, they likely think of possession for personal use, possession for distribution and the sale of illicit drugs. While these can be serious criminal charges, allegations of drug crimes could also be related to the cultivation and manufacturing of drugs. Facing such charges could mean harsh penalties. Therefore, it is important to understand the laws surrounding these crimes and how best to make a defense against them.

In the state of Florida, they have specific laws concerning drug cultivation and the manufacturing of illicit drugs. To begin, Florida laws prohibit the unlawful cultivation or manufacturing of controlled substances. This includes acts, such as growing marijuana plants and operations to make or process illegal substances, like cocaine, phencyclidine, methamphetamine and other illegal substances.

Three arrested in Florida for human trafficking and drug crimes

Police officers take action based on the information they are given. Whether it is information and evidence observed and collected at a traffic stop, provided by an anonymous caller or received from informants in prison, the information that law enforcement is acting on must be credible. This means that they are acting reasonably based on the situation and what evidence is present. Additionally, reasonable suspicion and probable cause are likely needed; therefore, if criminal charges and apprehension result, defendants should understand their rights and how this applies in their situation.

According to recent reports, three individuals were arrested in Sarasota for their presumed connection with human trafficking and drug charges. These arrests followed an investigation that began earlier this month after law enforcement received information from an inmate at the Sarasota Country Jail.

What are the domestic violence laws of Florida?

We have all heard that no relationship is perfect. However, no matter how difficult a relationship is, it should never turn into one that encompasses violence and abuse. Being accused of such conduct is not only damaging for the relationship with a spouse or partner but could tarnish a person's personal and professional reputation. Thus, charges for or stemming form domestic abuse should be taken seriously.

What are the domestic violence laws of Florida? According to section 741.28, domestic violence is defined as any type of assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any other criminal conduct that results in the physical injury or the death or a family or household member by another family or household member.

Florida traffic stop results in felony possession charge

For most motorists, being stopped by a police officer is not a major ordeal. Sure, he or she may find it inconvenient, and if a traffic citation results, he or she will likely be upset and might try to fight the ticket later on. But the reality is that a traffic violation is a rather minor offense and one that will likely result in either a warning or fines. But a minor traffic stop could be the source of a major charge, especially if officers believe another crime is occurring, such as a drug crime.

This is what happened recently in Liberty County. According to reports, a Tallahassee man was pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol. The stop occurred on State Road 20 near Turkey Creek Road. The motorist was stopped for speeding.

How to avoid self-incrimination after a charge

Strategies to avoid self-incrimination

If you’ve been accused of a crime you may instinctively try to defend yourself on the spot. After all the truth of an accusation doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have the potential to damage your reputation and career.

Understanding they cyber crime ransomware

The Internet is always expanding, providing new and innovative ways to accomplish tasks. Whether you are using it for school, work or at home for personal use, the Internet's vast abilities can keep a person entertained for a lifetime. While there is much positivity that can come from the Internet, there are some downsides. When it is not used properly or in the commission of a crime, this could result in criminal charges.

Take ransomware for example. This is a cyber crime that impacts hospitals, school districts, state and local governments, businesses of all sizes and law enforcement agencies. This occurs when there is an insidious type of malware. This malware encrypts or locks digital files that hold much value, demanding a ransom for their release.

Taking an aggressive approach against drug charges

Drug crimes occur on various levels. A person could be charged with a minor possession charge or they could face drug trafficking charges. While the penalties differ greatly in severity for these charges, the fact of the matter is that no matter what type of drug charges a person faces, they always have the right and ability to assert a strong defense against the charges.

Because Florida is tough on drug crimes, it is often the case that individuals facing such charges want to clear their name or reduce the charges. Allegations alone can have a significant impact of a person's reputation. Whether you believe you were wrongfully charged or believe that an unlawful search and seizure occurred in your matter, it is vital that you take the time to understand your rights and options.

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