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Cryptocurrency, Ponzi-schemes, and Fraud: Modern Crimes in America

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A $9 million scam led to the imprisonment of a man who built what was effectively a Ponzi-scheme, selling the virtual currency known as PayCoin. In addition to prison time, the perpetrator will later experience years of supervised release, and has been mandated to pay restitution to all of his victims. If you are… Read More »

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Witness Tampering

By Deric Zacca, PA |

When Ezell Finklea was gunned down while returning from a fast food pick-up, it was on the eve of providing testimony in a murder trial. Finklea had been intimidated prior to the ambush with a home break-in, and had also been offered bribes to silence him, but Finklea was committed to testifying. His murder… Read More »

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Understanding the First Step Act

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Congress ended 2018 by passing significant criminal justice reform legislation called the First Step Act. It will impact sentencing requirements for federal crimes and offer opportunities to reduce the time behind bars in multiple ways for inmates across the country. President Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 27, 2018. If you have… Read More »

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Factors Impacting Plea Deals

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Individuals who are charged with crimes are typically concerned about how a guilty verdict could impact their lives. Will they face incarceration? Are fines going to be imposed? Will having a criminal record ultimately affect their ability to secure housing, employment, or other essentials of life? Sometimes, they wonder if accepting a plea deal… Read More »

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Laws Related to Environmental Hazards

By Deric Zacca, PA |

When a cluster of cancer cases showed up in Satellite Beach, some immediately suspected an environmental hazard as the culprit. After all, what other explanation could there be for having 17 cases of cancer among individuals of the same approximate ages and in the same general area? And with Patrick Air Force Base right… Read More »

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When Youth are Charged as Adults

By Deric Zacca, PA |

During the get tough era in Florida, between 2006 and 2011, nearly 16,000 youth under age 18 were charged as adults in Florida courtrooms. The idea was that, whether the crime was violent or not, “super-predators” were emerging from the ranks of juvenile offenders, and they needed to be handled with swift and harsh… Read More »

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Defending Against Charges of Bank Fraud

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Attorney Michael Cohen was President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, and he is under federal criminal investigation.  His legal troubles have brought bank fraud to into the public eye. It seems Cohen secured a couple of lines of credit, using real estate to secure the lines of credit.  Questions as to whether or not… Read More »

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A Way to Be Removed From Florida’s Sex-Offender Registry

By Deric Zacca, PA |

A sex crime conviction will change your life forever. To be sure, the details of the crime determine the penalties you will face. There happens to be a Florida law that many people don’t know about –or misunderstand– that can be a lifesaver for certain individuals convicted of statutory sex crimes; it’s commonly referred… Read More »

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When is Use of Force Justified?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

You are asleep in your home, when suddenly the sound of an intruder jolts you to your feet. You creep through the darkness toward the noise, your mind racing. In one hand you hold your revolver and in the other a heavy trophy. What will you do when you come face to face with… Read More »

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Did an Improper Search Result in Charges Against You?

By Deric Zacca, PA |

Traffic stops occur thousands of times every day in this country. Most of the time, they are relatively uneventful. But in some cases, those stops result in criminal charges and jail time. If your rights were violated, it could mean the case will have to be dropped. An experienced criminal defense attorney is your… Read More »