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New Florida Law Will Target Criminal Use of Bitcoins

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Money laundering is a serious criminal offense in Florida, and a new law could make it possible to be convicted of money laundering without actually making use of legal currency. Bitcoins, a type of digital currency, can be used by anyone, anonymously, and are not regulated by any governing body. As such, they have… Read More »

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Minors and Auto Theft

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Not all cars are stolen by professional adults who can hotwire a car in mere minutes, take it to a chop shop, and sell the car for more money in parts than the car is actually worth. There is another growing trend in Florida made up of teenagers and pre-teens who break into vehicles… Read More »

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Controlled Substances and Dwellings

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In recent news, a Florida woman was arrested for running a “heroin party house,” according to Miami Herald, and charging a cover fee to get in. Police responded to reports of multiple overdoses at the home, which resulted in the arrest of the defendant. Authorities had been called to the home 33 times during… Read More »

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Youthful Offenders

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Teenage and young adults do not always make rational choices when confronted with a decision that a fully mature adult would have no problem navigating. This is because the frontal lobes of the brain are not fully developed until we reach the age of 25 or so, according to numerous peer review research, including… Read More »

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Florida’s Hate Crime Law

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

A Stuart, Florida man is facing hate crime charges after allegedly attacking a clerk at the Family Dollar Store in Martin County, according to the Palm Beach Post. After attacking the clerk, the defendant gave his reason for the attack to law enforcement agents as for, “no other reason than they are (expletive) Arabs…. Read More »

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Vehicular Homicide

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

While the difference between murder and homicide is vast in terms of the level of felony, homicide charges can easily result in years behind bars for a convicted person–all for a death that they did not intend to cause. The main difference between homicide and murder is intent. A plot to kill or an… Read More »

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Am I Committing a Crime by Being in the U.S. Unlawfully?

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In testimony against Florida House Bill 83, which would increase the punishments for certain felonies committed by undocumented immigrants within the state, Ingrid M. Delgado of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops stated that “Unlawful presence is not a crime. It is a civil violation,” as reported by Politifact. Her comments spurred a counter… Read More »

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South Florida Police Raids Lead to 13 Arrests

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

According to Miami-Dade Police Captain Shawn Browne, “We have an increase of violent crimes and gun violence here in our district and we are basically just trying to put an end to it.” The aftermath of multiple weeks of undercover police work meant that 13 people were arrested in targeted neighborhoods. Throughout “Operation Save… Read More »

CrimLawyer

Forced Labor

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

Unfortunately, Florida has become known for illegal human trafficking and the penalties for partaking in trafficking or forced labor are severe. In recent news, a Florida woman was charged with smuggling a Mexican captive woman into the U.S. and holding her prisoner for two years while she attempted to impregnate her with her (the… Read More »

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Assisted Suicide or Capital Murder?

By The Scott Skier Law Firm, P.A. |

In 1994, Oregon became the first U.S. state to legalize assisted suicide for terminally ill patients who no longer have the mental, physical, and emotional drive to continue their existence of suffering. Since then, California, Colorado, Vermont, Washington, and Washington D.C. have adopted similar legislation, making it legal for physicians to humanely assist terminally… Read More »

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