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Fraud in Florida - What is It and What's at Stake?

Mortgage fraud. Insurance Fraud. Check fraud. Even theme park ticket fraud. All involve some type of dishonesty. Depending on the severity of the dishonesty, all can land you in jail or prison. Or, as previously discussed on this blog, like Casey Anthony, may land you on probation for a period of months or years. Not to mention the possibility of restitution, or being ordered to pay back any money that was acquired through fraud.

How Casey Anthony Ultimately Faced Probation in Florida

Probation in Florida is a Serious Matter!

When the courts place a convicted offender on probation in Florida, it can have extensive consequences for that individual, not only during the probation term but for years to follow. Just some of the penalties for violating probation can include paying court fees, working at community service hours, completing substance abuse treatment or any other counseling directed by the court, taking drug tests, abiding by curfew or residential restrictions, wearing an ankle bracelet and spending time in jail. In addition, after the offender's release from probation, he will have a criminal record which can stay with him for years. This can affect his ability to find gainful employment, secure loans or insurance and even find the housing he wants. 

Reasons for Record Expungement

Florida State seal on wooden floorA poor decision in a moment of weakness, or hindered by the rationale of an immature juvenile mind, may greatly impact a person's future. If a "not guilty" or "no contest plea" were entered, one might want to look into having their record expunged. Misdemeanors can be sealed, along with a number of felonies. Something as simple as sealing your record could prove to help your future tremendously. Consider the following consequences of having criminal records made available to the public:

Sex Sting Successful This Past Weekend in Osceola County

When the Osceola County Sheriff ran a sting operation, the sex sting proved to be successful. Several men were using a computer to solicit sex from a minor from various chat rooms and email. In printed conversations, the men admitted they knew the girl was underage and they knew it was wrong to solicit these girls for sex, but they did it anyway. When someone is using a computer to solicit sex from a minor it is against the law, then showing up at the girls home is another law broken, and those men who sent photos of themselves naked had additional charges. For these men contacting an Osceola County sex sting attorney for representation, it is still imperative that they receive fair treatment in the legal system because of construct of the judicial system. 

ATV/RV Accidents in Florida

Driving an ATV can be a very thrilling experience. Being on the open road can make a person feel as though he or she is invincible. Most people have so much fun while they are driving that they forget about all of the risks that are involved. Even if one is a careful driver, he can still be struck by another ATV. An ATV can change a person's life for the worst. An individual may have to spend several weeks in the hospital to recuperate from injuries should something happen. They may also lose their job if they miss too many days at work. Additionally, people who have been involved in ATV accidents may also have trouble paying their medical bills after the recovery process. 

New Study Shows Occasional Marijuana Use Is Not Bad For The Lungs

Man blowing smoke out of mouthOne of the hottest topics for debate nowadays is the decriminalization of marijuana. Recent studies have shown that not only is marijuana beneficial to help treat certain health conditions, but it is also a safer alternative to a variety of often deadly pharmaceutical medications. Many states in the U.S. have either decriminalized possession of marijuana, or have legalized its medicinal use, and with a new study that just came out stating that occasional marijuana usage is not detrimental to one's lungs, it's about time that new, more realistic laws about marijuana usage should be considered by the government.

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