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June 2014 Archives

High court says warrants required for search of cell phones

Search and seizure issues are important to explore in criminal defense cases. Police do not have the ability to do anything they please when dealing with criminal suspects, and failure to respect the privacy rights of suspects can impact the viability of a criminal case.

Lightning's Malone faces charges for cocaine possession

Ryan Malone of the Tampa Bay Lightning, as our Tampa readers may have already heard, is currently in the midst of a criminal case involving charges of drunk-driving and cocaine possession. Those charges, to which Malone has pleaded not guilty, stem from an April 12 arrest in Tampa. According to officers who made the arrest, Malone blew readings of 0.112 and 0.116 on a Breathalyzer test.

Beware officers using 'smell of marijuana' as justification for search

When police conduct investigations into suspected drug activity, they are bound by various rules which aim to protect the constitutional rights of criminal suspects. Unfortunately, police do not always follow these rules as they should, and suspects end up having their privacy rights violated. In some cases, police officers may truly believe they are doing good work, but fail to see that they are pushing the limits.

7 charged in Tampa Medicare fraud crackdown

Health care fraud is a big problem in the United States, and is bound to become a bigger problem with more federal money available to the health care system through the Affordable Care Act. In an effort to counteract the problem, the Department of Justice has initiated a crackdown on health care fraud. The recent effort, thus far, has resulted in charges against 90 individuals for submitting over $260 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

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