When an individual is accused of a drug offense in Florida, he or she may be charged at the state or federal level. While Florida law is very tough on drug offenders, a conviction for a drug charge under federal law can result in much harsher consequences. Federal charges have the potential to lead to longer prison sentences and steeper fines.
Two veteran officers with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were arrested on Friday in unrelated cases. Both are accused of grand theft, and one is also charged with organized fraud. All of the charges are third-degree felonies. Both officers resigned in the wake of the investigations, and a third officer has been put on leave.
Seven months after a state and federal law enforcement dragnet resulted in the arrests of 57 Floridians on racketeering charges, only 17 defendants remain. In March, employees of charitable gambling cafés run by Allied Veterans of the World were hauled in from 23 Florida counties and five other states.
A recent Florida case certainly wasn't the first time law enforcement agents have used social media to track criminal suspects. Over recent months, media stories have revealed that the tactic is growing common among both state and federal law enforcement agencies.
In Stracar v. State, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D2209a (Fla. 4th DCA 2013), Stracar was convicted of two counts of vehicular homicide. Stacar argued that the trial court erred in denying her motions for judgment of acquittal on the basis that the State's evidence failed to show that Stacar was driving in a reckless manner sufficient to prove the charges.
Figgs timely appealed his sentence on double jeopardy grounds his sentences for carjacking with a firearm, sentences, and armed robbery. He contends that the trial court committed fundamental error in adjudicating him guilty and sentencing him on both the armed robbery and the carjacking with a firearm charges because the only item he took from the victim was the key to the car that he carjacked. The State conceded that his dual convictions violated double jeopardy. Therefore, the Fifth District Court of Appeals Court reversed his conviction for carjacking with a firearm and directed the trial court to vacate that conviction and sentence. The court affirmed his other convictions and sentences. Figgs v. State, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D2195b (Fla. 5th DCA 2013).
The testimony of a man accused of running an allegedly fraudulent Tampa charity called has been delayed due to the birth of his defense attorney's child . The 66-year-old defendant has been charged with theft, fraud and money laundering because, prosecutors claim, little of the $100 million raised over 8 years by the U.S. Navy Veterans Association was actually used to assist veterans. The trial should resume next week.
In Moore v. State, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D2184a (Fla. 2nd DCA 2013), a trial court order was reversed due to the fact that the trial court judge relied on outdated law.
In Barritt v. State, 38 Fla. L. Weekly D2183a (Fla. 1st DCA 2013), Barritt appealed an order summarily denying his Rule 3.850 ineffective assistance of counsel motion and amended motion for post-conviction relief.
Many people don't realize that being charged with a crime can result in many or all of their assets being seized by the government. Both Florida and the federal government have granted themselves the authority to confiscate any property law enforcement believes can be tied to certain criminal activity, and both use that authority to the fullest in connection with a variety of drug and white collar crimes. This is called civil forfeiture.