Police officers charged with doctoring evidence in South Florida DUI case

Two former Hollywood police officers have been arrested and charged with fabricating evidence in a Broward County drunk driving case, the Sun Sentinel reported.

While this is an extreme example, it certainly serves as a reminder that police are not on your side in the wake of a DUI stop. Officers are there to collect evidence of your guilt. Frequently, motorists think that by cooperating or agreeing to field sobriety tests, they can prove they are not intoxicated and avoid being charged with drunk driving in Miami. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. Field sobriety tests are meant to collect evidence of your guilt — in the opinion of an officer whose job it is to collect evidence of your guilt. Hiring and aggressive Miami DUI defense lawyer is the best way to protect your rights.

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Aggressive representation needed to recover losses, protect assets, in the wake of Miami financial fraud charges

Former NFL player Warren Sapp is among those laying claim to the assets of Scott Rothstein, who has pleaded guilty to operating a $1.2 billion South Florida investment fraud scheme, the Associated Press reported.

Banks and tax collectors from Florida to Rhode Island are also among those seeking assets through a bankruptcy trustee in U.S. District Court. Rothstein’s estate is valued at more than $469 million. Hiring a Miami investment fraud attorney is critical to protecting your rights in the wake of a financial scam. As this case illustrates, there are frequently more claims than assets and an experienced attorney can help fight for your rights. Hiring a Miami defense attorney experienced in representing clients facing financial fraud charges is equally critical to protecting your rights in the wake of a fraud allegation.

Thus far, 46 separate claims have been filed in this case, a list that is expected to grow larger by the end of August. Rothstein’s assets include dozens of pieces of real estate, homes, business interests, luxury vehicles, yachts, jewelry and bank accounts.

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Mandatory minimum sentences under attack; changes to federal guidelines could impact white collar crime

The U.S. Department of Justice is concerned about the strain mandatory minimum sentences have put on the federal penitentiary system, according to Congressional testimony last week, Main Justice reported.

Mandatory minimum sentences are just one difference between state and federal crimes. A Miami criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling federal charges should always be called to represent anyone facing criminal charges in federal court. Mandatory minimum sentences often require harsh penalties for drug crimes and other federal crimes.

For example, there are more than 170 mandatory minimum sentences under federal law. And, while Congressional testimony did not reveal which sentences the government feels are unnecessary, authorities will seek to revise some of those sentencing laws.

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Woman faces criminal charges after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident with a Miami motorcycle cop

A woman has surrendered to authorities after being blamed for a hit-and-run Miami car accident that seriously wounded a motorcycle police officer, the Miami Herald reported.

A Miami defense lawyer should be hired to represent anyone facing criminal charges involving a South Florida car accident. In this case, the woman is charged with leaving the scene of an accident with serious injuries and driving without headlights.

Lisa Caridad Garcia, 28, of Miami, surrendered to police after officers began distributing images of her vehicle captured on a surveillance camera.

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Pair sentenced in Miami federal court for Florida real estate fraud scheme

Two South Florida residents have been sentenced to decades behind bars in connection with a real estate fraud scheme that swindled 1,000 victims out of more than $10 million, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Miami field office.

As our South Florida real estate fraud attorneys reported recently on our Miami Criminal Attorney Blog, Florida has become the mortgage fraud capital of the nation. While most real estate fraud charges involve houses, the defendants in this case are accused of fraud in connection with vacant property, primarily in north Florida and Georgia.

The lengthy prison sentences on federal mail fraud charges in this case illustrate the serious penalties being faced by defendants accused of white-collar crime. The pair were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Miami to a combined total of nearly 33 years in federal prison, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

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