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What Is Asset Forfeiture?

In some cases, when a person engages in illegal activity, a law enforcement agency, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will seize the individual’s assets. This process is referred to as “asset forfeiture.” According to the FBI, “Asset forfeiture is a powerful tool used by law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, against criminals and criminal organizations to deprive…

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Can a DUI Stop Bar Me from Security Clearance?

Are you planning to get a job that involves access to classified information, one that involves a security clearance? If so, you will have to pass a rigorous background investigation which takes a close look at your personal and professional conduct, your criminal history (if any), your financial behavior, your allegiance to the United States, your ability to respect the…

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DUI: Can the Police Search My Vehicle?

If you’re stopped by the police and they suspect that you’re driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, do they have the right to search your vehicle for an open container of alcohol, drugs, or stolen goods? What are your rights in the event of a warrantless search and seizure during a routine DUI stop? As a rule, warrantless…

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Penalties for Resisting Arrest in Florida

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve heard the term “resisting arrest” before, especially if you’ve watched crime shows on television or action films. For example, you might see a police officer on TV patting down a suspect and when the officer says, “You’re under arrest,” the suspect becomes combative and when the officer tries to get ahold of…

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Can a DUI Affect College Scholarships?

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is the one criminal offense that is commonly committed by everyday citizens with a lot to lose. If a high-school or college-aged student is arrested for DUI and they have plans on applying for scholarships or financial aid, a DUI conviction can definitely affect their ability to gain access to much-needed funds. When…

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DUI of Drugs & License Suspensions in Florida

As a licensed driver, you’re probably well-aware of the fact that if you’re convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, your driver’s license will be revoked for 180 days to one year (first DUI conviction). But, what if you get into trouble for driving under the influence of a prescription medication or marijuana? Will you still lose your driver’s…

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Can a DUI Affect My Credit?

If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) in Miami or anywhere else in Florida, a DUI can definitely damage your credit. While a DUI is not reported directly on your credit like a bankruptcy, judgement, or a lien, there are other ways that it can damage your FICO score. If you don’t have an adequate savings cushion…

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What Are the Possible Outcomes of a Criminal Case?

Like other states, criminal cases in Florida vary widely. The nature of the offense and the defendant’s criminal record history play roles in the penalties involved. Since these factors vary from case-to-case, there are many different possible outcomes. If you’re facing criminal charges for the first time, you may be wondering, “What are the possible outcomes in my case?” To…

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True Impact of a Criminal Record

When you’re convicted of a crime, you acquire a criminal record. Even if you’re found guilty of something minor, such as disorderly conduct or misdemeanor DUI, you still face the consequences of a criminal record, which can affect you for years to come. Once you have a record, it becomes accessible to the public. Meaning, if you ever apply for a…

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Prostitution Charges in Miami

Like marijuana, a lot of people think that prostitution should be legal. However, despite being one of the oldest occupations in existence, prostitution is still very much illegal, except for a small area in Nevada. Why does the government still prosecute people for prostitution despite its popularity? For starters, human trafficking is BIG business and as long as there is a demand for…

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