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College Basketball Reels Under Corruption Charges

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Cash bribes. Concealed payments. Quid pro quo deals. Sounds like something from a suspense novel, right? But would you believe that these are all allegations related to college basketball recruitment? That’s right, college basketball is currently under the FBI’s microscope, and the University of Miami’s men’s program is one of the schools getting their… Read More »


Money Laundering: When Prosecutors Follow the Money

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Paul Manafort gained recognition when he took over the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race. His name remains in the news, however, because special counsel Robert Mueller has been hot on his trail for, among other potential crimes, money laundering. If you find yourself being investigated for such a crime, an experienced criminal… Read More »


Three ways Deception can get you into Trouble

By Deric Zacca, PA |

When news broke that a former Trump campaign advisor pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI, questions began to swirl as the controversy regarding Russian collusion heated up. Unsealed court records indicate that George Papadopoulos was not up front with the FBI about connections with Russian contacts he’d had during the presidential… Read More »


Penalties for Methamphetamine Related Crimes in Florida

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Florida has some of the toughest penalties for drug crimes in the United States, but methamphetamine abuse and addiction continues to affect the population to an alarming degree. Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance because of its “high potential for abuse” that often leads to dependence. Find out how a criminal… Read More »


Is It Legal to Leave a Child in the Car in Florida?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Parents have been tempted to leave their children in the car while they run inside for a quick errand. After a few high-profile tragedies involving the deaths of children left in vehicles, states began cracking down on this practice. Nineteen states, including Florida, have laws defining the (il)legality of leaving a child alone in… Read More »


Drug Charge? Potentially Avoid Jail Time

By Deric Zacca, PA |

According to statistics from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, nearly 100,000 individuals are arrested for drug-related offenses on an annual basis in Florida. Florida’s criminal justice system has been increasingly lenient on drug and alcohol offenders. The state justice system is beginning to recognize that many drug and alcohol related offenses stem from… Read More »


What Is Petty Theft?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

In 2016 there were over 200,000 cases of theft in the state of Florida. Of course, all of these cases cannot be lumped into one category, and every situation is unique and varies in degree of severity. However, one of the most common instances of theft is “petty theft”, this term is loosely thrown… Read More »


Embezzlement in Florida: Former State Representative Indicted

By Deric Zacca, PA |

In a case Americans have come far too accustomed to hearing in the news, another politician has been charged in connection with the embezzlement of campaign funds. The case involves former Florida State Representative Dwayne Taylor of Daytona Beach. Mr. Taylor was indicted on nine counts associated with a scheme to move funds from… Read More »


You’ve Been Arrested, What Are Your Rights?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

In the event that you have been arrested, there may be hundreds of thoughts racing through your mind as you try to cope with the reality that your freedom may be in jeopardy. During this time period it is common for people to experience extreme stress and anxiety as uncertainty sets in, however, it… Read More »


What if I Violate My Federal Probation?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Probation is typically a part of a sentence and normally follows incarceration. Due to the serious nature of sentencing, the violation of probation can have severe consequences. Recently, the United States Attorney’s office has been paying increased attention to tracking down individuals who have violated their probation. Although by no means an excuse, there… Read More »