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Should You Accept A Plea Bargain If You Are Facing A Federal Criminal Charge?

By The Baez Law Firm |

If you or someone else in your life was arrested and charged with a federal crime, you are probably feeling totally overwhelmed. Going up against federal prosecutors is scary. You may be considering a plea agreement. The Department of Justice (DOJ) explains that plea bargaining is a deal between the government and the defendant… Read More »

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White Collar Criminal Charge: Former CEO Gets Two Years In Prison For “Cherry-Picking” Crypto Futures Fraud Scheme

By The Baez Law Firm |

On January 19th, 2024, Investment Executive reported that Peter Kambolin—the former owner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Florida-based commodities Systematic Alpha Management LLC —will serve two years in prison for his role in a cryptocurrency fraud scheme. Here, our Orlando white collar criminal defense lawyer discusses the charges in more detail. The Allegations:… Read More »

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Is A Ponzi Scheme A Crime?

By The Baez Law Firm |

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) defines a Ponzi scheme as a form of “investment fraud that pays existing investors with funds collected from new investors.” Investors can file a civil claim against the responsible party to seek financial relief for their damages. Beyond that, the person(s) responsible for a Ponzi scheme can face… Read More »

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Contractor In Florida Convicted Of COVID-19 Fraud

By The Baez Law Firm |

On January 16th, 2024, the United States District Attorneys’ Office for the Southern District of Florida announced that a contractor from Miami-Dade County has been convicted of a serious white collar felony charge for COVID-19 fraud. Here, our Orlando white collar criminal defense lawyer provides a detailed overview of the allegations raised and the… Read More »

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Man Arrested, Charged With Practicing Medicine Without A License In Central Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from Yahoo News, a man was arrested and charged with practicing medicine without a license in Central Florida. Juan Carlos Munoz Melgar, 56, was booked into the Orange County Jail. He is facing a felony criminal charge. In this article, our Orlando criminal defense lawyer provides an overview of the… Read More »

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Four Traits To Look For In A White Collar Criminal Defense Lawyer In Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines a white collar crime as “non-violent offenses” that typically have “a financial motive.” That is not to say that a white collar criminal case is a minor issue. Many of these crimes are felony criminal charges that carry the risk for significant prison time. You need an… Read More »

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Arrested For DUI In Orlando? What You Need To Know About Saving Your Driver’s License

By The Baez Law Firm |

Arrested for drunk driving/drugged driving in Central Florida? Your rights and your freedom could be on the line. You need to take immediate action to protect your right to drive. After a DUI arrest in Florida, your license can be suspended on an administrative basis—well before you have actually been convicted of a crime…. Read More »

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Civil Lawsuit And Criminal Charges: Former Teacher Accused Of Inappropriate Relationship With Student At Private School In Central Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to reporting published by CBS News Miami, a former teacher at a private school in Central Florida is facing a civil lawsuit over an alleged relationship with a former student. The student was a minor at the time of the alleged sexual relationship. Click Orlando confirmed that their teacher, Harriet Sugg, was arrested… Read More »

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Is Carjacking A Felony Offense In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Carjacking is one of the most serious criminal charges in Florida. It is classified as a violent theft offense. This raises an important question: Is carjacking a felony offense in Florida? The answer is a clear and unequivocal “yes”—indeed, it is an especially serious felony. Here, our Orlando criminal defense attorney provides a detailed… Read More »

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Man Accused In Multi-Million Dollar Fraud Case Arrested In Florida

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from 8 News Now, a man who has been accused of preparing a multi-state, multi-million dollar insurance fraud scheme was arrested in Florida. William Mize, who was a fugitive, is facing felony federal fraud charges. In this article, our Orlando white collar criminal defense lawyer provides an overview of the… Read More »

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Orlando Police Arrest 30 Over Weekend—Including Several On Gun Charges

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from West Orlando News, the Orlando Police Department confirmed that 30 people were arrested over a weekend in the city. Notably, several of those people were charged with firearm-related offenses and law enforcement officers recovered ten illegal guns. Weapons offense should always be taken seriously. Here, our Orlando criminal defense… Read More »

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Will A Doctor Lose Their Medical License If Convicted Of A Crime In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Are you a doctor who is facing a criminal charge in Florida? There is a lot on the line in your case. Your rights, your freedom, and even your career could be at risk. You may be wondering: Does a doctor lose their medical license if they are convicted of a crime? The answer… Read More »

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Can I Decline To Blow Into A Breathalyzer In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Pulled over by a police officer in Orlando, Orange County, or elsewhere in Central Florida? If that officer suspects that you are under the influence of alcohol, you may be asked to submit to a breath test. This raises an important question: Can you say no to a breathalyzer test in Florida? The short… Read More »

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What Criminal Charges Could A Doctor Face For Writing A False Prescription In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Prescription medications are powerful, highly regulated controlled substances. They must be written by a licensed physician. What happens if a doctor misuses their right to prescribe medication? In Florida, they could be charged with a serious criminal offense, potentially even a felony. In this article, our Orlando white collar criminal defense lawyer explains the… Read More »

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How Do Prosecutors Prove Drugged Driving In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Intoxicated driving is unlawful in Florida. Under state law (Florida Statutes § 316.193), a person can be deemed “guilty of the offense of driving under the influence” if they are impaired by alcohol or “any substance controlled under chapter 893.” In other words, a motorist can be convicted of a DUI on the grounds… Read More »

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Criminal Defense In Florida: An Overview Of Withholding Adjudication

By The Baez Law Firm |

Arrested and charged with a crime in Central Florida? Your case is probably not going to end up at trial. While you have a well-established right to a trial, only a small percentage of criminal charges actually get there. For example, the Pew Research Center cites data showing that only 1 in 50 people… Read More »

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Two Florida Nonprofit Executives Charged With Grand Theft, Fraud

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from ABC 7 Southwest Florida, two Florida nonprofit executives—Tiffany Carr 54 and Patricia Duarte—are facing serious criminal charges for allegedly defrauding their organization, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV). Here, our Orlando white collar criminal defense attorney provides a more detailed overview of the allegations and the charges filed… Read More »

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11-Year-Old Arrested In Shooting Of Two Other Juveniles, Parent Likely To Face Criminal Charges For Unsecured Firearm

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from NBC News, an 11-year-old boy was arrested and charged with the shooting of two other juveniles—both of whom were reportedly 13 years of age. The incident occurred after a scuffle at a football practice in Apopka, Florida. The child reportedly got the (unsecured) firearm from his mother’s car. She… Read More »

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Considering Suing A Police Department For Excessive Force? Three Things You Need To Know

By The Baez Law Firm |

Law enforcement officers are tasked with the duty of protecting and serving. When force is used against a civilian, there must be a good reason. The Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project estimates that 250,000 people nationwide are injured by police officers each year. A person injured by a police officer may have an excessive force… Read More »

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How Do I Avoid Jail When Facing A First-Time DUI Charge In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Arrested for a first-time DUI offense in Florida? It is a serious criminal charge that carries the risk of jail time. That being said, not every person who is arrested for a first-offense DUI in Florida will be sentenced to an extended prison term. You have the right to zealously defend yourself. Below, our… Read More »

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Are Traffic Violations A Criminal Offense In Florida?

By The Baez Law Firm |

Are you facing a traffic violation? You are certainly not alone. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reports that between 1.5 million and 2 million traffic tickets are issued statewide each year: You may be wondering: Is a traffic violation a criminal offense in Florida? The answer depends entirely on the specific circumstances—a… Read More »

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Report: Orlando City Commissioner Arrested For Public Intoxication And Disorderly Conduct While Out Of State In 2022

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from West Orlando News, Orlando City Commissioner Regina Hill was arrested and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct while out of state last year. The incident occurred in Birmingham, Alabama. Both alleged offenses are also crimes in Florida. In this article, Orlando criminal defense lawyer provides an overview of… Read More »

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Four People Arrested In Drug Bust In Orlando

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from Florida Politics, four people were arrested during a drug bust in Orlando. Notably, the arrest happened at the home of Jane Healy, a former co-chair of a local Tourist Development Tax Advisory Committee. Her son, Randall Healy Clark, was arrested and charged with multiple drug offenses, including the trafficking… Read More »

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Florida Pool Company Owner Charged With White Collar Fraud

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from the South Florida Business Journal, the owner of a pool company in Florida has been charged with several different white collar fraud offenses James Ivan Staten Jr. stands accused of billing customers out of at least $1.5 million. He was the owner and operator of Olympus Pools—a now bankrupt… Read More »

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Investigating Arrest That Went Viral—Allegations Of Police Brutality

By The Baez Law Firm |

According to a report from Yahoo News, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating an arrest that went viral amidst allegations of police brutality. The family reports that 24-year-old  Le’Keian Woods sustained serious injuries in the arrest. Here, our Florida civil rights attorney offers a more detailed overview of what we know about the… Read More »

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