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What Happens If You Are Found Guilty Of Cybercrimes?

Cybercrime refers to any crime that involves using a computer or networked device to commit a criminal act or committing a crime that targets a computer. There are dozens of different types of cybercrimes, ranging from cyberbullying to hacking, fraud, theft, and more. Tampa criminal defense attorney Mike G is here to break down the various types of cybercrimes, how they are treated in a court of law, and what ramifications they could have for your life and career if you are found guilty. Major Types of Computer Crimes While there are many types of crimes that can be committed online or with a computer, they break down into four general categories: Computer and Internet Crimes Computer crime covers a... Read More »

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Is Possession of a Controlled Substance a Crime?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Controlled substances in Florida are subject to strict legal rules and regulations—but they are not always illegal to have in your possession. But being charged with the possession of a controlled substance that you are not cleared to own can be a serious offense, especially in Florida, which has some of the most stringent drug laws in the country. Possession charges can have severe consequences, including: Fines Prison time Driver’s license suspension Difficulties finding employment or housing But there can be a lot of confusion around what a controlled substance is and who is allowed to own and use them. If you are being charged with the possession of a controlled substance, it is important to understand what rights you... Read More »

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Accused of Sexual Assault Under Title IX? Here Is What to Do

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, March 26, 2021

Accusations of sexual assault under Title IX can have serious consequences and follow someone for the rest of their life. If you have been accused, you need professional legal representation on your side. A qualified Title IX sexual assault lawyer can protect your rights as a defendant and help you get a fair outcome. But how does Title IX work, and how does it define sexual assault? How can a lawyer help you if you have been accused? Today, we discuss these questions and why you should call a lawyer like Mike G. What is Title IX? Title IX is a federal civil rights law that is intended to protect students from discrimination based on sex. Any educational program that... Read More »

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How Long Does a Felony Stay on Your Record?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, February 26, 2021

If you are facing charges for a felony offense or have recently been released from a long sentence, you probably have a lot of questions about the impact a felony charge can have on your life and future.  More than 70 million Americans have a criminal record, so you are not alone. But a felony—which refers to a crime that carries a sentence of a year or more—can impact where you can live, where you can work, and every other aspect of your life.  If you have recently served time, the most important thing for you to do now is learn how those charges will affect you going forward. If you are currently facing charges, make sure you have an... Read More »

What Is the Difference Between Assault and Aggravated Assault?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Monday, January 18, 2021

In Florida, it is illegal to intentionally injure someone or threaten them with violence. This type of violent crime is known as assault. When weapons get involved or someone has reason to fear for their life, an assault charge may be classified as an aggravated assault. But what is the difference between assault and aggravated assault? How do the courts determine the severity of an assault? How can a threat be classified as a felony crime? Today, we will cover the answer to these questions and more. Assault vs. Aggravated Assault Assault is defined very simply in the Florida legal code: it is to commit violence or threaten to commit violence against another person, such that the other person fears... Read More »

What Is a Level 3 Sex Offender? Understanding Classification Levels

What Is a Level 3 Sex Offender? Understanding Classification Levels Florida has three levels of sex offenders. Each level comes is defined by the “severity” of a sex offense and comes with its own consequences. Getting labeled the highest level—Level 3—can greatly impact your rights and life post-conviction. If you were convicted as a Level 3 sex offender, you may have questions about your status, including: What is a Level 3 sex offender?  How does this classification affect your personal and professional life?  How long do you have to be on the registry? What happens if you fail to register? In this post, we will cover Florida’s different classification levels, restrictions, what it means to be a Level 3 sex... Read More »

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What Is Florida’s Romeo and Juliet Law?

Florida has strict laws about consent in sexual relationships. Being charged with breaking those consent laws can put someone on the sexual offender registry, which can have lifelong impacts. However, Florida’s “Romeo and Juliet” law covers special circumstances if both parties are close enough in age.  But who does the Romeo and Juliet law apply to? And how does it reduce legal consequences for those involved? From the experts at Mike G law, here’s what you need to know about Florida’s Romeo and Juliet law. Understanding the Age of Consent in Florida In Florida, the age of consent is 18. It is illegal for anyone to engage in sexual activity with a minor, who is defined as anyone under the... Read More »

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Missed Your Court Date? Here’s What to Do

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Friday, November 20, 2020

While showing up to your court date is extremely important, sometimes things happen that make it impossible to make an appearance. If you have missed your court date, do not panic. There are things you can do to rectify the situation and not make things worse for yourself.  First, let us talk about the potential consequences you will face after your missed court date. Then, we will cover the importance of acting quickly in this situation. Finally, we will talk about how helpful a lawyer can be in this situation.  What to Do (and Not Do) It is imperative to act quickly once you’ve realized you missed your court date; this situation will NOT go away on its own. If... Read More »

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Florida’s Rules of Criminal Procedure (From Arrest to Case Resolution)

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in the state of Florida, it is important to know what the process looks like from the point of arrest to case resolution. Florida’s criminal procedure rules are complicated, so you need to arm yourself with knowledge—and get a reputable lawyer on your side to help you navigate the court process. At Mike G Law, we know the ins and outs of the rules of Florida’s criminal procedure and want to give you the tools you need to prepare yourself or a loved one for the process. Arrest A criminal case in Florida begins with an arrest or Notice to Appear. This occurs when a police officer witnesses a crime being committed... Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About Florida's Williams Rule

Everything You Need to Know About Florida’s Williams Rule

In a criminal proceeding, juries base their decisions on the evidence that is presented during trial. Evidence may be gathered by police, submitted by victims, or, in the case of Florida’s Williams Rule, may include a defendant’s past criminal history. The court system has certain rules around what kinds of evidence are and are not allowed to be considered in a trial. Prosecutors are not allowed to use evidence that was collected illegally or use someone’s past criminal history as evidence that they are going to commit a future crime. However, Florida’s Williams Rule changes things for defendants. This rule states that prosecutors may use someone’s past criminal record when trying to prove different factors like motive, intent, opportunity, and... Read More »