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Sometimes criminal racketeering in Miami involves drugs and these drugs may be seized and forfeited as the result of an investigation. Recently, an appellate court heard a challenge to a lower court’s finding of probable cause sufficient for seizure of property, currency and accounts greater than $975,000.00 and a BMW. The appellate court determined that there was probable cause to sustain the seizure and affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

The case arose from a synthetic marijuana products enterprise. Law enforcement officers looked into three stores owned by a business that sold several synthetic marijuana products. The detectives were involved in a minimum of 80 undercover buys of prepackaged synthetic cannabinoids that were meant to be consumed. Because of the investigation, the business’s property was seized, and a forfeiture proceeding was put in place under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act and the Florida Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), which is Florida Statutes section 895.05. The government claimed the property it was taking had been acquired through the sale of synthetic marijuana.

After the property was seized, the business moved to dismiss forfeiture action for lack of probable cause and motion to return assets. The government and defense agreed the motions could be presented without a hearing but after considering a narcotics officer’s deposition. The lower court found probable cause to support the seizure and denied the motions. It held that a Schedule I substance cannot be adulterated or misbranded under Florida Statute Chapter 499.

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Being injured on the job can cause serious financial and resourceful hardship. These injuries can change your lifestyle, your method of enjoyment, and even your career path. Worker’s compensation was created to aide individuals who have been injured on the job, while performing their job duties.

Faking an injury or making a minor injury out to be more serious than it really is in order to obtain benefits can be tempting, but it will likely cause more headaches than it is worth.

Lying about an injury or pretending like an injury occurred at work when it did not can lead to serious legal consequences. Fraud is defined as a false representation. In the legal sense, it is a false representation of a material fact, whether by words or by conduct, that misleads or is intended to deceive another person so that she or she will act upon it to his or her detriment.

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Bounced checks (worthless checks, bad checks, rubber checks) are something that often is the subject of jokes around the water cooler, “I’m so broke I could bounce a check to the moon.”

But as funny as those well intended jokes may be, actually writing worthless “rubber” checks is a serious thing with potentially serious consequences.

Sometimes a check may simply be bounced due to an improperly balanced checkbook – The husband forgot to tell his wife he wrote a check to the mechanic so she didn’t write it down, and the story writes itself.

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In the so called “digital age” we live in today, one very common area of crime is computer crime.

Being charged with a computer crime is not limited to only hackers.  Some people may find themselves charged with a computer crime for unknowingly downloading copy written material, or using software or other programs without proper licensing.

Many things can fall under the spectrum of computer crimes, but some of the main ones involve anything from illegal “SPAM” marketing, illegal downloading of “intellectual properties” such as music, movies, and digitally formatted books, hacking, perpetuating viruses, stealing/illegal usage of software, internet fraud, and much more.

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Among some of the most complex types of criminal charges are those involving computers and the internet. If you have been accused of a computer-related crime, you may have trouble understanding exactly what you’re being charged with. There are countless different types of computer crimes. When you think of a computer crime, you are probably thinking of hackers, who do damage remotely, often by gaining access to personal data such as credit card or bank information. But there are less obvious types of computer crimes as well.

You can learn more about computer crimes by consulting with someone who understands the nuances and complexities of the laws around Florida computer crimes. Professional Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Evan A. Hoffman and his team of experts can supply an intimate understanding of these laws, and could prove to be an invaluable resource in fighting charges of computer crime. Contact The Hoffman Firm today to find out how we can help.

Computer crimes are widespread in definition, including any of the following: 

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Most people, at one time or another, have forged someone’s signature, most likely their mom or dad’s signature in high school when they needed a parental signature on a permission slip or test. However, forgery is a serious crime and is punishable in a number of ways, many of which you should be aware of. Continue reading to learn more about forgery and what to do if you are facing forgery charges.

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Have you or someone you know been charged with organized fraud?  If so, then you need to understand what you’ve been charged with and what your best course of action is in defending yourself against the charges.

Organized fraud is defined as “the intentional misrepresentation or concealment of information in order to deceive or mislead” and is a very serious crime which can result in extremely stiff penalties for those convicted.

There are many things that can be classified as fraud, but one example of organized fraud is when a person or persons set up a fake charity and mislead donors in an effort to get people to contribute to a cause, but in reality the money is being used for other purposes.

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Mortgage and real estate fraud cases are not uncommon in today’s economy, and are often complex and convoluted issues that involve piles of financial documents and hard-to-follow paper trails. Getting to the bottom of such a case requires the services of someone who has advanced knowledge of real estate law, banking, and criminal defense. If you find yourself under investigation for this accusation, you will want to employ the services of someone who has experience defending appraisers, real estate companies, realtors, appraisers, buyers and sellers, individual mortgage brokers and the mortgage companies that they work for.

If you find yourself in this alarming situation, do not panic. The Hoffman Firm has an expert legal team led by Miami criminal attorney Evan Hoffman, who is a former prosecutor and an experienced criminal lawyer. The Hoffman Firm can help you if you are under investigation for this serious crime. Pick up the phone and call us today for a FREE consultation (305) 249-0090 or contact us online.

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Forgery is a crime which falls under the greater category of fraud.  Forgery usually involves a person creating, signing, or altering a document in an attempt to deceive others.

Under Florida state law Forgery is defined as “The creation of a false written document or alteration of a genuine one, with the intent to defraud”

The Hoffman Firm is very experienced in fighting forgery cases. For more information contact Miami Criminal Attorney, Evan A. Hoffman today!

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