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South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney V. Public Defender: Pros And Cons

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Though the COVID pandemic certainly had a considerable impact on crime rates in Florida, statistics reveal that police were still hard at work during 2020. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), almost 507,500 people were arrested for criminal misconduct ranging from minor misdemeanors to serious felonies. If you are facing charges,… Read More »

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Officials Investigating Criminal Charges Related To Capsized Vessel In South Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

After a three-day search, the US Coast Guard made the difficult decision to suspend efforts to locate survivors who were onboard a vessel that capsized between South Florida and Bimini. Local 10 News covered the story in a January 27, 2022 article, which mentioned that there were 40 individuals aboard the 25-foot boat and… Read More »

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How Plea Bargains Work In Florida Criminal Cases

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

If you were arrested for a misdemeanor, minor felony, or other non-violent offense, there is a possibility that you can resolve the charges through plea bargaining. The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure allow the prosecutor and defense counsel to discuss options, and there are numerous benefits for reaching an agreement. One of the most… Read More »

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South Florida Woman Guilty On “Soft” PPP Fraud Charges

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

As officials start digging deeper into the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans distributed to employers across the US, the arrests for fraud are adding up. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a press release on November 29, 2021, relating the details of a recent case against a South Florida woman. By submitting false… Read More »

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South Florida Man Charged For Health Care Fraud: 3 Things To Know

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Fraud schemes can take many shapes and forms, and misconduct in the context of health care recently led to federal criminal charges for a South Florida man. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida announced the arrest, stating that the defendant had submitted around $38 million in fraudulent claims to Blue… Read More »

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Collateral Consequences Of A Felony Conviction In Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Whenever a person is convicted of a criminal offense in Florida, the judge will issue a sentence for incarceration, fines, probation, or a combination of punishment. The starting off point is the criminal statute that classifies crimes as a felony or misdemeanor, with the former being the more serious offense. For a First or… Read More »

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Criminal Indictment For PPP Fraud Has Ties To South Florida

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Well over a year after the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) was established to help businesses get through COVID-19 lockdowns, criminal charges continue to pile up against individuals who fraudulently accessed loan funds. South Florida’s NBC affiliate News Channel 6 covered a recent story regarding an indictment against the daughter of a candidate for Broward… Read More »

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3 Types Of Occupational Fraud In The Florida Construction Industry

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) conducts an annual analysis of the numerous instances of fraudulent conduct across all industries, and the 2020 Report to the Nations may come as a shock. Companies in the US experienced a median loss of $139,000 in the US, but 21 percent of these cases led to… Read More »

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Do I Need A Florida Defense Attorney To Fight Embezzlement Charges?

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

Embezzlement is on the rise in the workplace across Florida, so law enforcement, private companies, and insurers have implemented sophisticated investigation and forensic tools to detect misconduct. Florida’s embezzlement statute categorizes the crime as theft because it involves misappropriation of money, property, or other items of value; however, embezzlement also touches on fraud concepts… Read More »

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South Florida Contractor Facing Charges For Workers’ Comp Fraud

By Linkhorst & Hockin, P.A. |

A Florida construction business owner is facing hefty charges after being arrested in connection with a fraudulent scheme that touches on both workers’ compensation and insurance laws. In a press release dated May 20, 2021, officials announced that a multi-agency investigation had revealed the man’s plan to conceal payroll information. In doing so, he… Read More »

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