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The Most Common Holiday Crimes

shutterstock_304560773Thanksgiving is coming fast. Not only are people gearing up for a feast with family and friends, but they are making preparations for the biggest shopping event of the year: Black Friday.

Black Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season and buyers need beware. It is also a time of year when crimes spike. Here are just some of the crimes that become more prevalent during the holiday season.

Identity Theft

This risk is there for just about any person who decides to shop online or in public. Identities can be stolen in any number of ways. Stealing, phishing and skimming are just some of … Read More

Stay Sane and Sober on Thanksgiving Day

shutterstock_334602908Thanksgiving day is an afternoon or evening filled with feasts. People loosen their belts as the food flows and the alcohol is poured. It’s a time of year that many look forward to, but what happens if you are trying to stay sober?

It’s a sort of running (and perhaps not-so-funny) joke that some of the worst family fights occur on Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday where we see relatives we don’t typically see, and we are posed with questions we’d rather not answer. And with the most recent election being so polarizing, politics are sure to cause at least an argument. It … Read More

Common Questions After an Arrest

shutterstock_357604985As criminal defense attorneys, we speak with clients and potential clients on a daily basis. We have heard thousands of questions, and many have been asked repeatedly. There are things that most people wonder after being charged with a crime and taken into custody. This is especially true of people who have never been arrested before.

Being charged with a crime is a stressful event. Whether or not you have actually committed the crime, you could be in for months or years of dealing with the criminal justice system. Here are some of the questions that we hear most often.

1. Should I just plead guilty

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The Most Beautiful College Campuses in Florida

There’s no argument that Florida is one of the most beautiful states in the country. In a week, you could visit gorgeous beaches, the untouched Everglades and even the largest cattle ranch in the United States. Of course, the cities and theme parks only add to the state’s allure. Is it really any wonder that more people choose to vacation in Florida than just about any other state? However, it’s not just vacationers (and retirees) who feel the pull of the Sunshine State.

There are 142 different colleges in the state of Florida. Hundreds of thousands of students, both local and those from out of stateRead More

Handling Your Criminal Charges When You’re Innocent

shutterstock_480140713Police and prosecutors make mistakes. They are human and can’t be held to an infallible standard that no other person is. Unfortunately, when these professionals make a mistake, an innocent person feels the ramifications. Many who have been falsely accused of a crime wonder how they can avoid going to trial and putting their lives in the hands of strangers. Read on to discover how attorneys handle innocent clients.

Before Charges are Filed

There are few instances in which charges are filed unexpectedly. People are spoken to and evidence is gathered. People typically know when the police… Read More

Taking Advantage of Your Right to Remain Silent

shutterstock_251841604It’s something that we’ve all seen on television at least once. Cops in a crime drama slap their handcuffs on a person and read them their rights. They tell the person that they have the right to remain silent, and that anything they say can be used against them in a court of law. This is actually one of the few things that have a basis in truth.

The notorious case of Miranda v. Arizona protects a person’s right to not say anything to police. This correlates with the Fifth Amendment privilege that says people cannot be forced to incriminate themselves. People must be read their rights… Read More

Understanding Public Intoxication Laws

shutterstock_172116212You and your friends go out to the bar and consume a few too many adult beverages. You know that it isn’t safe to drive home, but you don’t have money for a cab. You are considering walking home, but you have heard of public intoxication laws and you are worried that you will be arrested for walking. Here’s more information about these laws to help you make the best decision the next time around.

Appearing in a Public Place

Some states have laws that prohibit public intoxication in a public place. This may include a sidewalk, stadium or park. In some states, restaurants and bars are… Read More

What To Do When the Police Are At Your Door

shutterstock_131903288It’s a scenario that no one wants to deal with. You are sitting, minding your own business and the police come knocking on your door. What do you do? You’re frightened and don’t want to answer, but you are also worried that you could be breaking the law by ignoring them. While each case and every reason for a visit from the police differs, there are general ways in which you should behave when the police are at your door.

Don’t Let Them In

First of all, you want to verify that it is indeed the police at your door. You have multiple options when it comes to how you handle the police … Read More

How Social Media Can Hurt Your Criminal Case

shutterstock_118347970If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, you may want to pay close attention to this next sentence: Social media can hurt your case. If you think that what you post to social media is private, think again. No matter how secure your settings, if the police want to search through your social media account, all they need is a warrant to do so.

You Are Not Anonymous

Many people have a false sense of security sitting behind their keyboards. It’s important to understand that anything you post is ultimately public. Communications on social media may seem harmless, but they can hurt your case… Read More

What You Need to Know About Bail

shutterstock_128788898When a person is arrested for a crime and taken into custody, their first thought is typically how fast can they get out. Most people accomplish this by posting bail. If you have never dealt with the process of being or having someone released from custody, you may have some misconceptions about bail. Here is a brief overview.

What Is Bail?

Bail is a payment made to the court to not only secure a person’s release, but to ensure the court that the person will appear when ordered to do so. The bail may be in the form of cash, a bond or property. If the person fails to appear or follow a judge’s order,… Read More


Find Out How Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help You Katz & Phillips, P.A. works to try to keep your record clear and keep you out of jail, or to minimize the possible penalties of serious charges you face. To learn more, call today and speak with an experienced member of our legal team