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February 2016 Archives

FL drug case dismissed after testing confirms defendant’s innocence

One of the goals of a criminal defense attorney is to make sure that a criminal case with inadequate evidence to support is dismissed either before it gets to trial or early on in the process. A doctor from Panama City who was arrested for possession of cocaine back in November was cleared of drug charges earlier this month, and his case provides a good example of how this kind of thing can play out.

Defending against reemployment benefits fraud

Last time, we mentioned a bill that aims to impose stricter penalties on those convicted of unemployment benefit fraud. As we noted last time, unemployment benefits fraud is characterized by knowingly making false statements or failing to disclose material facts to authorities in order to obtain or prevent payment of benefits in violation of Reemployment Assistance law. Both employers and employees can be targeted for this crime.

Bill would impose stricter penalties for unemployment compensation fraud

Lawmakers in the Florida House of Representatives are reportedly working on passing a bill that would address weaknesses in the current law addressing unemployment compensation fraud. The bill, which has been unanimously passed by the House Economic Development and Tourism Subcommittee, imposes stricter penalties for violations.

Proving criminal intent in criminal cases, P.2

Last time, we began speaking about proof of intent in criminal cases, noting that intent can be categorized different ways, that different criminal statutes present different requirements in terms of specific intent, and that often prosecutors need to turn to circumstantial evidence to establish criminal intent in order to obtain a conviction.

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