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State employee charged with bribery in Medicare fraud case

Health care fraud is becoming one of the largest categories of white collar crimes across the country, and Florida is no different. To see an example, one need only look at a recent case where an employee of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration federal criminal charges for allegedly accepting bribes from a wealthy nursing home owner.

Judge tosses DUI plea bargain after defendant late to court

Plea bargains are a common method of resolving criminal cases in Florida. Prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys appreciate the certainty and efficiency of plea bargains, and defendants may be able to escape more serious penalties by accepting a plea agreement and a reduced sentence. In one recent case in Florida, however, a defendant's behavior in court prompted the judge to vacate the plea deal she had accepted.

Accused of possessing a drug such as marijuana? Fight back

If the police have arrested you and taken you into custody for possessing marijuana, this can understandably be frightening, especially if this is your first time going through it. If you end up convicted on a marijuana possession charge, you may face various punishments, including jail time, the suspension of your driver's license and even monetary fines.

Drunk driver may face homicide charges

Many Floridians consume alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle. That choice is seen by a few as low risk because the penalties for drunk driving may not seem overly harsh. (The penalty for a first DUI/DWI offense is a fine of not less than $500 and probation and incarceration for no more than one year.) This calculation can be ruined, however, if a drunk driver has an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury. A resident of Plant City learned this lesson on the Fourth of July weekend.

Bradenton woman charged with manslaughter in fatal crash

Florida laws make drunk driving a serious crime. If alcohol is involved in an accident, and if injury or death occurs, the penalties are extremely harsh. A Bradenton woman now faces several criminal charges, including homicide, stemming from an accident that killed one of her passengers, a 29-year old man from Sarasota.

Senate considers harsh fentanyl sentences, but will they work?

Criminal justice reformers were alarmed last month when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a return to the policy of seeking harsh, mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses. His announcement reversed an Obama-era policy of limiting mandatory minimums for low-level, nonviolent marijuana offenders. That policy had been put in place, in part, in response to several states having legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational purposes. Even more states have legalized marijuana now.

Convicted of DUI? You may have reason to file an appeal

Having charges leveled against you for DUI can seem like a confusing and distressing situation. Even though you may have made the effort to defend yourself against the allegations, the court may have ruled against you and convicted you of the DUI charges. You may feel like your legal journey ends there and that you have no choice but to accept the consequences. However, you may have the opportunity to appeal that decision.

Geek Squad over-enthusiastic in quest to help law enforcement

A man got the shock of his life in 2011 when he brought his computer in for service by the Geek Squad and ended up being charged with possession of child pornography. Luckily for him, a federal judge tossed out the evidence as inadmissible.

Federal prosecutors will be seeking tougher drug sentences

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a policy memo last Friday directing U.S. Attorneys to seek the harsh, mandatory minimum sentences available under federal drug laws. Previously, Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder had urged federal prosecutors to avoid the harshest sentences for street-level users and other nonviolent offenders.

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