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Failure to Register as a Sex Offender Charges in Florida

If you were convicted of a sex crime, one of the collateral consequences you will face is mandatory registration as a sex offender.
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Colorado Felony DUI

In August of 2015 the Colorado's felony DUI law went into effect. Colorado joined 45 other states in the United States in enacting a law which...

Medicaid Fraud Investigations in New York

A Medicaid fraud investigation begins long before you are contacted by an investigator. By the time they contact you, the investigators have...

Who in Identity Theft Needs a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
Identity theft is a crime that occurs when someone obtains another person’s private information in a wrongful manner through fraud or deception,...

What Is Blackmail?

  By HG.org
Blackmail is characterized as a crime and in some cases a tort that involves revealing personal information about someone as a threat or...

What Happens If I Don’t Pay Taxes for Several Years?

  By HG.org
People may not pay taxes for a variety of reasons. They may think that they will not owe anything and the cost to prepare them will outweigh...

Animal Cruelty Cases

This year, the FBI has begun tracking cases of animal abuse on a national level in order to research trends and adopt prevention strategies....

Where Can I Turn if my Rights have been Violated during a Traffic Stop?

Protecting your rights while cooperating with police can feel like walking a tightrope—one wrong move and you plunge to your doom. You should...

Panama Adopts New Legislation to Supress Money Laundering

The Law responds to the continuous international claims and the listing of Panama in the FATF gray list.

IT Crimes in Saudi Arabia

Anti-Cyber Crime Law of Saudi Arabia is ny act committed related to computer or the internet violating stipulations of this law.

How Can A DWI Affect My Job Search?

It is a truism that has to be accepted that those with no criminal record generally have a better chance at getting a job than those with one....

Are DUI Field Sobriety Test Admissible in Florida Courts?

There are two ways for law enforcement to determine whether a driver is impaired. The Breath Analyzer and Field Sobriety Tests. Field Sobriety...

Alternatives to Jail

  By HG.org
States and counties around the country have offered criminal defendants a number of alternatives to jail. These alternatives help to keep more...

Can the Government Take Away My Property?

  By HG.org
Through the process of forfeiture, the government may be able to take away the property of a civilian. This may be because the individual is...

Florida May Allow for Lower Sentences for Drug Traffickers

Drug Trafficking charges in Florida are basically only trumped up possession charges. This means that to prove drug trafficking, the state...

A DUI Is Not a DIY: Save Money and Hassle Using an Attorney

All too often individuals think they can proceed without a lawyer in drinking and driving offenses. Some people don't understand the...

What a Child Won’t Tell: Recognizing the Signs of Sex Abuse in Children

Each year, U.S. police departments receive as many as 80,000 reports of sexual abuse against children. However, the American Academy of Child &...

International Investigation of Crimes in Ukraine

Today the world is steadily moving to international globalization through constant economic, political, cultural and legal integration.

Are There Any Alternatives to Jail When You Are Charged with a Crime?

You may have seen people with ankle monitors, or heard of those who get home detention as a sentence, but who actually qualifies for alternative...

Colorado Ignition Interlock Devices

If you get a DUI in Colorado, there is a good chance you will have to deal with an ignition interlock device. An interlock is the common name...

Understanding Medicaid Fraud Investigations in New York City

A Medicaid fraud investigation is a serious matter that can lead to criminal charges. You should consult with a Medicaid fraud lawyer before you...

Responsibility of Jails

  By HG.org
While individuals do lose many rights when they are imprisoned, this does not mean that they lose all jails. Since jails and prisons are the...

Underage Drinking in Georgia

For many people underage drinking is thought of as a youthful indiscretion that is just a fact of life, but Georgia law takes it very seriously....

What Types of Conditions of Probation May a Judge Impose in a Georgia Criminal Case?

All too frequently, people ask us what types of conditions may be imposed by the Court as a condition of probation. Trial courts in Georgia...

Can I Have My Mugshot Removed from the Internet?

  By HG.org
While people laugh at celebrity mugshots and may even peruse local ones for amusement, mugshots can be extremely embarrassing to the individuals...

About First Offender Programs

  By HG.org
First offender Programs are alternative sentencing program that take into consideration the negative consequences associated with a criminal...

DUIs and Deportation

Many issues come up when someone is faced with a DUI but when you are not a permanent citizen, one of the biggest fears is deportation.

If It’s Legal Is It Still a Nuisance?

As the landscape of marijuana legalization changes, the many related laws evolve accordingly. An Oregon court recently ruled that the smell of...

Corporate Criminal Liability for Corruption Offences in Greece

The basic legal framework concerning the liability of business entities for corrupt practices in Greece.

In Criminal Defense, Is DNA Evidence Really a Smoking Gun?

Is DNA really the smoking gun that the media and police make it out to be? It certainly isn't in light of some of the recent cases of DNA...

Responding to NYC Medicaid Fraud Investigations

If you receive a letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation, it means that you are the target of a Medicaid fraud investigation. How you...

What Can I Do If Someone Is Lying to the Court?

  By HG.org
Witnesses including parties to the case provide testimony to the court that the judge and jury consider. When witnesses testify to the court,...

Can I Travel While on Probation?

Probation may be a part of the punishment given to you after being convicted of a crime in the state of Florida. It is important to understand...

Consequences for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

  By HG.org
Driving under the influence of drugs may be incorporated as an independent statute or may be treated the same as driving under the influence of...

Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

  By HG.org
While many people are familiar with the term DUI, meaning driving under the influence, this term is usually associated with alcohol. However,...

Can Your Wife or Husband Dime You Out?

We’ve watched the scene unfold on television before, a couple discusses their pending legal doom, things are bleak, then somehow they realize...

House Bill 347 Aims to Reform Ohio Civil Asset Forfeiture Law

Carrying a large amount of cash is risky. The fear of theft or losing the money is palpable, but new, unlikely culprits have emerged — culprits...

Confidential Informants and Search Warrants in Ohio

In many drug cases in Ohio, law enforcement officers use a confidential informant, also known as a CI. The confidential informant is often...

Ohio’s Right to a Speedy Trial

If the prosecutor violates your right to a speedy trial, then the case should be dismissed. Your right to a speedy trial means the state must...

Can I Get a Second Opinion for My Legal Case?

  By HG.org
While many individuals ask for a second opinion after receiving a medical diagnosis, these same individuals feel hesitant to do so in a legal...

Florida Sentencing Enhancements: 10-20-Life

This article provides a general overview of Florida's 10-20-Life statute. 10-20-Life operates to enhance the penalties of those offenders to who...

Colorado Passes Felony DUI Bill

The Colorado state legislature recently passed a bill that is sitting on the governor’s desk waiting his signature.

Police Investigations

Exercise Your Right To Remain Silent. Generally when the police contact an individual who is suspected of a crime, whether or not the subject of...

Cyber-Bullying Crimes in New Jersey

The act of bullying has been around for as long as anyone cares to remember.

Do I Have the Right to Sue a Doctor Who Wrongfully Accused Me of Child Abuse?

  By HG.org
Being accused of child abuse can be distressing for a parent, especially when it could not be further from the truth. Even if a criminal...

Are Arrest Records Public?

  By HG.org
Arrest records contain information about a person who is arrested and the incident that led to the arrest. They also sometimes describe the...

Medical Marijuana Allowed While on Probation

On May 8th, Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1267 into law, which concerns the use of medical marijuana while an individual is on...

Why You Should Always Refuse Roadside Sobriety Tests

Virtually any time you are stopped and investigated for suspicion of DUI, the officer is going to ask you if you would be willing to perform...

Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use

Yesterday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that employees can be fired for using medical marijuana when they are off the clock.

Crime and Punishment and Facebook

Not long ago the Internet blew up over the killing of Cecil the lion, a 13-year-old lion living in a Zimbabwean preserve, by an American dentist...

Jury Nullification

Jury nullification is making headlines in Denver and in particular in front of the Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, where activists have been...

Obama Commutes Demaryius Thomas’ Mom’s Sentence

“I believe at its heart, America is a nation of second chances, and I believe these folks deserve their second chance.” - President Obama

Why Education is the Best Weapon Against Drunk Driving in Texas

Texas has more fatal car accidents involving alcohol than any other state. An approach focused on punishment and not education has not been...

Filing a False Police Report

  By HG.org
Filing a false police report is a crime under federal and state laws. However, the elements necessary to prove this crime and the severity of it...

Philippines: RA 9262 Extends to Parents in Laws

In the case of Sharica Mari Go-Tan v. Spouses Perfecto and Juanita Tan, G. R. No. 168852, September 30, 2008, the Supreme Court of The...

Smoking the Peace Pipe in South Dakota

A new pot resort in South Dakota will be opening up soon on tribal land, despite the fact that pot is not yet legal in South Dakota.

Are We Able to Smoke Pot in Public in Colorado Yet?

The short answer at this point is no. While an initiative was introduced earlier this year to permit public smoking in certain areas, activists...

Statutes of Limitations and Sexual Assault

The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby have focused attention on statutes of limitations for cases involving rape, and whether or not...

Denver Releases Police Body Worn Camera Proposal

The city of Denver has completed a six month study concerning the use of body cameras on police and they have created and released a draft...

How to Sue for Damages Resulting from Perjury

  By HG.org
Many people have experienced this situation: in a hotly contested legal dispute, a witness lies on the stand to help out the other side. As a...

Leaving the Scene of an Accident - Hit & Run Offenses in Florida

When involved in a traffic crash, a driver has a duty to remain at the scene, provide certain information, and render aid if necessary. A...

Issues with the Amber Alert System

The Amber Alert System was created in 1996 after the abduction of nine-year-old Amber Hagerman in Texas.

Stiff Fines and Penalties for Road Rage

Cameras are always rolling in Hollywood, and recently they captured real-life drama between two motorists.

Tragic End to Child Abuse Case

The recent case of a three year old Broward County, Florida boy, has brought national attention to the flaws throughout the countries child...

Which supplier is More Reliable in China? – From the Eyes of a Chinese Lawyer

How to choose a reliable Chinese supplier in international trade business, for foreign merchants.

What Is the Time Limitation for Taking a Child Out of the Country?

  By HG.org
Family law cases can often be emotionally straining. Sometimes, one parent is given primary custody at the objection of the other parent. The...

How Does Parole Work?

Parole is a complex system in the penal system that allows convicted prisoners to start a new life with supervision. Historically, the term...

Buying a Car? Be Aware of Spot Delivery Scam

  By HG.org
This type of car buying scam gets its name from purchasers who are sold vehicles “on the spot.” The dealership says that the buyer has been...

Inaccuracy in Georgia Breathalyzers

What Can Interfere with Breath Testing?

Errors that Can Lead to Raider Seizure in the Ukraine

Today it is not a secret that the "raider / unlawful seizures" have become the norm and rather the rule of doing business than the exception to...

How The Government Can Take Your Property

A new bill has been introduced to end forfeiture funding of the DEA’s Marijuana Suppression programs. The bill is a bipartisan effort to modify...

Understanding Drug Crimes and Possession of Marijuana in Boise, Idaho

The simplest drug crime is possession of a controlled substance, like marijuana. In order to convict, a prosecutor must show that the accused...

When Guests Overstay Their Welcome, How Can You Get Them Out of Your Apartment?

  By HG.org
It happens to most of us at some point or another: a house guest comes to stay for a while, but ends up freeloading far longer than expected....

The Power of a Name as a Registered Trademark in Sports

Did you know that you can register your name as a trademark in sports? Many athletes know this and they obtain many benefit from this. Radamel...

Yemeni Bribery & Anti-Corruption Laws & Facilitating Payments in Practice

An overview of the current legal framework regarding bribery and anti-corruption in Yemen followed by a discussion of the practical implications...

Hidden Provisions at the Dealership - Is This a Case of Consumer Fraud?

  By HG.org
Some auto dealerships have developed a bad reputation for committing fraudulent acts or attempting to trick their customers into making...

Can I Get My Name Removed from an Offender List?

  By HG.org
If a person commits certain sexual crimes in North Carolina, his or her name can be added to a sex offender registry. Being added to this list...

What Happens if I Write a Bad Check?

  By HG.org
Through a simple arithmetic error or forgetting to jot down a check that you sent, you may wind up being criminally prosecuted and paying hefty...

What Is Your Liability If Someone Hacks Your PC and Uses Information for Criminal Purposes?

  By HG.org
Large-scale security breaches receive massive media attention. Whether a person can be criminally or civilly liable for another’s actions while...

Federal Minor Role is Major

Much of my practice deals with defending individuals who import methamphetamine into the United States. Anyone who has practiced federal...

Shoplifting in Texas Comes with an Added Cost

When a person is arrested for shoplifting in Texas, some retailers are send civil demand notices as well, requesting civil payment of anywhere...

Entrapment

  By HG.org
When a law enforcement officer helps to influence an individual to attempt to commit a crime, the criminal defendant may wonder if the officer’s...

Texas Veterans Court Eligibility Gets Much-Needed Expansion from Texas Legislature

That past legislative session, the Texas legislature made change to the eligibility requirements for Texas' Veterans Courts, introducing more...

Defenses For Prostitution Charges In California

A California criminal defense attorney explains prostitution laws and how you can fight the charges. Learn more about prostitution defenses here.

When Should I Report Something to the Police before Going to a Lawyer?

  By HG.org
Making a police report can be a serious step that some people may prefer to avoid. On the other hand, speaking to a lawyer may not always be the...

Attacked at Work, What Are My Rights?

  By HG.org
Violence is rarely the answer, and this is especially true in the workplace. Yet, physical attacks can and do occur every day. When they happen...

When Should I Call the Police?

  By HG.org
Many people may be hesitant to involve law enforcement in their daily lives. However, there are certain times when the police should be called...

How to Conduct Yourself During an Arrest

"You are under arrest!" Will these words ever be directed at you or a loved one? Some criminal arrests are for the types of crime you see on TV....

Can a Lawyer Help with Extradition?

  By HG.org
Extradition is the process in which one country or state that has possession of a criminal suspect hands him or her over to another country or...

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Restitution?

  By HG.org
Courts sometimes order restitution in order to provide victims of crimes with compensation. Although state law may vary, generally restitution...

My Father Was Arrested and I Don’t Know What to Do

  By HG.org
Question: My father was arrested for a money laundering case. I learned this through his colleagues. It has been about 21 days and we do not...

How to Get Legal Assistance when the Sheriff Doesn't Assist

  By HG.org
Question: What can I do if someone kicked in my door, stole my property, took over and the sheriff did not help me?

Federal Arraignment Process

  By HG.org
When a person is being charged with the commission of a federal crime, he or she usually goes through a federal arraignment process. There are...

Should I Plead Guilty?

  By HG.org
When individuals are facing a conviction of a criminal charge, they usually are told by their attorney that they have two choices. They can...

Can Federal Restitution Be Forgiven?

  By HG.org
Federal restitution may be ordered after a person has committed a crime and the court wishes to compensate the victim for this crime. Based on...

NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation Letters

A letter from the NYC Bureau of Fraud Investigation means that you have a potentially serious problem. Do not try to handle this on your own....

Decriminalization, Legalization, and Marijuana Use in Illinois

With many states jumping on the marijuana legalizationn bandwagon, whether it be for medical or recreational use, “legalization” and...

Pleading Guilty or Going to Trial: Pros and Cons

  By HG.org
When a criminal defendant makes the decision whether to plead guilty or go to trial, he or she often has much more to consider than whether he...

Limits on the Admissibility of Vouching During Criminal Interviews in Georgia

Limiting the admissibility of personal vouching by law enforcement during criminal interviews and case law that supports such limits is...

Florida Sentencing Enhancements Pt. 3: Three Time Violent Felony Offenders & Violent Career Criminals

This article is the third installment in our Florida Sentencing Enhancements series and presents an overview of the Three Time Violent Felony...


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