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Miami Criminal Law Blog

Pill Mills, Conspiracy, and Murder Charges

A Florida Keys woman was arrested recently, charged with first-degree racketeering. According to prosecutors out of Atlantic City, NJ, she is connected with the 2012 murder of a woman whose doctor-husband was at the center of a pill mill scheme in that state. The Summerland Key resident, Beverly Augello's arrest papers mentioned, "illegal distribution of narcotics and murder." However, she was not the only one involved in the conspiracy, racketeering, and murder plots that unfolded several years ago in New Jersey.

Be Alert: Major Fraud Investigation of Healthcare Professionals

Over the last few years, the Justice Department has charged over 400 people in what they consider the nation's largest healthcare fraud scheme as a result of an ongoing investigation affecting doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other professionals in the health industry field. Over 400 people have been indicted, spearheaded by the Medicare Fraud Strike force. Charges have been lodged in more than 41 Federal district courts, charging over 100 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals. The fraud has involved over $1.3 billion, implicating individuals who perpetrated false claims and received money from Tricare or various funds or entities related to Tricare.

National Crime Rates and Local Police Shootings are Down in 2017

It's looking like 2017 was a year when crime rates dipped in the U.S. This is the preliminary news coming in from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University's School of Law. The reports indicate good news for those of us who live in areas where crime is down, as the trend is a reversal from the previous few years where crime rates were rising.

Avoiding a DUI on New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve is a night of celebrations, resolutions, and usually a champagne toast. While it's easy to get carried away with all the partying that happens on the 31st of December, now is a good time to start thinking about how you will get home safely.

It's never a good idea to drink and drive, and especially on a night where there may be many folks who may not be using their best judgment, it's best to keep friends and family safe by not getting behind the wheel after champagne and revelry.

Is a Car Considered a Deadly Weapon in the State of Florida?

The Florida Supreme Court may have to decide in the near future whether a car is considered a deadly weapon when used to harm or kill someone in the state of Florida. The lower appellate courts in the state are divided on this issue, forcing the state's Supreme Court to become the deciding factor.

Miami Man Claims Stand-You-Ground Against Child Abuse Charges

A Miami man is attempting to use Florida's controversial "stand-your-ground" statute as a way to seek immunity for child abuse charges brought against him. The cases involves a 30-year-old Miami tennis instructor who is accused of hitting a five-year-old boy with a tennis racket, causing bruising on the boy's right arm and a lump on his eyebrow. The man is charged with child abuse, but feels that he acted in self-defense.

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Florida Open Carry Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a case that challenges the state of Florida's ban on openly carrying a firearm in public. With a refusal to hear the case, the ban on openly carrying firearms remains in place in the state of Florida.

Florida Man Seeks Murder Conviction Appeal

One Florida man is hoping for an appeal of his murder conviction from almost 30 years ago. The defendant has spent 28 years in prison for a crime he may not have committed.

In 1990, the defendant was convicted of killing a man and kidnapping the victim's girlfriend. He spent 20 years on death row before his sentence was commuted to life in prison in 2009. His attorneys are now fighting for appeal of his entire conviction, with the hope that the man will be relieved of the sentence for a crime they believe he did not commit.

What is the difference between misdemeanor and felony theft in Florida?

In the United States, there is no uniform national threshold for crimes involving theft. Each state has a different threshold value for determining the severity of a theft charge. If you are arrested and charged with theft in the state of Florida, the degree of your charge can vary depending on several factors. It's important to understand the thresholds of theft degrees in order to understand the severity of the sentence you are eligible to receive if convicted of the crime.

Common Holiday Crimes and How to Avoid Them

With the holidays upon us, many folks are getting ready to travel to visit family or friends, and filling their calendars with festive parties and opportunities for holiday cheer. Unfortunately for many, the holidays also signal a time when crime rates go up. Just as shopping, decorations, and parties can be distracting, they can also be dangerous and prime breeding grounds for crimes. A simple unintentional mistake, can not only ruin your holiday spirit, but can also result in criminal charges. Here are some common crimes to pay attention to and avoid this holiday season.

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