Drug crimes are a serious problem in this country, but sometimes police will try to prosecute even the possession of drug precursors (chemicals needed to make a drug) or the possession of drug-related equipment like glass pipes. Depending on just what is found, they may try to accuse you of manufacturing drugs.
With some drugs like methamphetamines, the case can be very clear. Four people in Lake County were arrested today when police found an active meth lab in a backpack inside of a home. Someone had called in a tip to the police. When the investigators came to the home they smelled a strong chemical odor.
After searching they found a pot actively cooking meth in the backpack, along with all the precursor drugs and some completed product. The three people in the home were arrested for trafficking in meth and manufacturing of meth. A fourth person showed up as the deputies were there and was arrested for a probation violation.
The prosecution is going to have to prove that these people all had a hand in the process of making and selling the drug for the charges to stick to them all. A good defense attorney will make it even harder for them to do so. An egregious case like this would be difficult to defend, but smaller cases happen every day.
Don’t take a drug charge lying down. Call the law offices of Katz & Phillips before a wrong charge sends you to prison for a long time. Let us help you in your defense.
Not all crimes involve something violent. So-called “white collar crimes” are generally crimes of deception involving money. White collar crimes include forgery, fraud, and identity theft. These types of cases have their own special kinds of defense.
These cases are very difficult to prove for the prosecution. This is why a police investigation into a possible white collar crime can take years, and the investigation can start without you even noticing that it is happening. The police can examine many records without needing to notify you first. Defense lawyers have to work quickly to get counter-evidence once the suspect knows that they are being investigated.
One example of a white collar crime case is being investigated right now in Lake County. An ex-commissioner is investigating the mayor of Fruitland Park that he misused his connections to get his three-story home renovated. The complaint states that the mayor never paid the city employee for the construction and that it was done on city time. This would be a misuse of taxpayer funds and thus an illegal act. The mayor is denying the charges and welcomes the investigation.
There are a lot of complicated motivations that must be examined. Does the ex-commissioner have an agenda? Is all the paperwork in order for the services rendered? Did any money exchange hands, and if so, how much and when? We will see what happens in the future with this investigation.
If you have been accused of a white collar crime, you need to act fast. Most prosecutors will wait until they have firm evidence before placing a charge. You will need to fight back quickly. Call the law offices of Katz & Phillips if you have been accused of a white collar crime. We can help.
Is It Illegal to Buy or Keep Stolen Property?
With the holidays fast approaching, many people are buying and selling all types of items. It is illegal to buy or keep stolen property under certain circumstances. In order to convict someone of receipt of stolen property a couple of conditions must be met. First, the property must be proven to be stolen, and second, the property must have been acquired knowing that it was stolen.
Today online auctions are very commonly used to buy and sell merchandise. This makes it more difficult for buyers to determine whether an item could be stolen or not. If you are a collector of a specific type of item it should be easier for you to know whether it is stolen. The law indicates that a person should know that the property could be stolen. When dealing with online auctions you’ll need to be particularly careful to watch out for potentially stolen goods. That’s because it’s much easier to sell items online – the buyer doesn’t have a chance to touch or examine the item closely.
Buying Stolen Goods
If a deal seems too good to be true, it’s quite possible that there could be a problem with the item – it could be a fake or it may be stolen. A reasonable person should be aware of a potentially stolen item. In order for law enforcement to successfully prosecute for receiving stolen property, they need to be able to prove the item was stolen and that a reasonable person should know that it may be stolen To prove the item stolen there will need to typically be a police report indicating the events that occurred when the item was stolen.
Selling Stolen Property
Just like receiving stolen property, it is illegal to sell stolen property. Again, knowing that the property was stolen is an essential element to charges. If you purchased
If you are ever involved in a car accident, the most important thing you can do is to stay at the scene. Even if an accident was not your fault, if you run away you will be the one charged with a hit-and-run. You can even be charged if the other vehicle was doing something illegal at the time.
One case like this happened on December 6th in Orlando. A black Mercedes was seen fleeing after striking a bicycle that was crossing the road illegally at 3:20 AM. It happened on State Route 50. Two teens were on the bicycle. One is now dead and the other is critically injured. Authorities are looking for the Mercedes, which likely has extensive damage.
If the driver had stayed at the scene and talked with the police, the consequences for them would probably be fairly minor. It was very early in the morning, a time when you don’t expect cyclists to be around. They also crossed illegally. A very good cause could have been made that this was just a tragic accident. Unfortunately for this driver, they ran, and now they’re a suspect.
Again, if you get in a car accident stay on the scene and give your report! If you fear being arrested for what happened, know that there are people willing to fight on your behalf. Call the law offices of Katz & Phillips if you have been charged with a vehicular crime. We can help.
The job of a defense lawyer is to defend their client from the accusations of the prosecution. In the American justice system, we try our best to make sure that someone is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” The defense lawyer that represents you in court tries to show that reasonable doubt exists.
We don’t want to see a single innocent person go to prison, especially if they are accused of a crime that can put them away for the rest of their lives. Yes, some people are guilty of the crimes they are accused of and it is the job of the defense to try and make things as easy as possible for their client, such as helping them after sentencing to prepare for prison or to work out a plea deal with the prosecution. Sometimes the evidence is so overwhelmingly against someone that there is no way to escape the punishment.
One man in Polk County knows about this. An angry young man was just convicted of first-degree murder of his grandmother. He stabbed her more than 20 times. He was planning on going to kill his aunt’s family next, but the grandmother’s expression of love as she lay there dying convinced the man to call 911 and turn himself in.
In such a case, all the defense could do was try and convince the court that the murder was not pre-meditated and perhaps get a lesser charge. When you hire a lawyer, they will do everything in their power to help you, but sometimes there’s no way out.
At Katz & Phillips, we know that it’s not possible to get all charges dropped in every case, but we will fight for fairness. If you have been charged with a crime, call our offices for an honest evaluation of your case.