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The Elements and Possible Consequences of Reemployment Assistance Fraud

By Cotter & Zelman, P.A. |

Florida has a Reemployment Assistance Program that allows qualified workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own to receive temporary, partial wage replacement benefits. This program is funded through federal and state employers who pay annual federal and state payroll taxes and qualified workers do not need to pay anything to receive… Read More »

Consequences of Driving with a Suspended License in Florida

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Oftentimes when an individual has their license suspended, this does not mean they stop driving. Typically drivers still need to get around for work or pleasure and they risk getting caught so they can still have access to transportation. However, getting caught driving with a suspended license can have consequences graver than these people… Read More »

DUI Laws and Penalties for First-Time DUI Convictions in Florida

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You are nearing the end of a long night. You have had a few drinks but believe they are probably “out of your system” so you decide to get into your car and drive home. You almost turn into your familiar driveway but you hear sirens behind you signaling for you to pull over…. Read More »

Eight Potential Defenses to Grand Theft Charges in Florida

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If you are charged with grand theft in a Florida court, your first instinct may be to ask: “What are my possible defenses?” This post will explore eight potential defenses you may want to consider and discuss with an attorney when facing a grand theft charge. Lack of Intent/Good Faith Belief: For the state… Read More »

Does “Petit Theft” Mean “Petit” Consequences Under Florida Law?

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When people hear the phrase “petit theft”, they may mistakenly believe this means they will only face minimal consequences if they are found guilty of the crime.  It is important to understand the potential penalties a person may face if they are charged with petit theft. What is Petit Theft? Under Florida law (specifically… Read More »

In an Accident? Don’t Leave the Scene

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In all the advice you may have heard or read about what to do when you are involved in an auto accident, there is one thing to keep in mind.  It is a crime to leave the scene.  According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 180 people were… Read More »

Can You Be Charged With Possession If You’re Not Holding Drugs?

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Although some experts now believe that the United States’  so-called “war on drugs” has been a failure, drug crime laws in Florida remain some of the country’s strictest.  Simply possessing controlled substances such as cocaine, methamphetamine, or heroin is a third degree felony.  Penalties for a possession conviction include fines and up to five… Read More »

I Can Give My Teen A Beer In My Own Home – Right?

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Teenagers drink.  Most of us know this, but some consider it inevitable and harmless.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers some sobering statistics on teens and alcohol: More teens drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes or use marijuana; Nearly 4 in 10 high school students report drinking at least one alcoholic beverage… Read More »

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