October 23, 2014

Impaired driver hit cop car, had a gun

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43-year-old Tina Wishnevski faces multiple criminal counts after hitting a police car whil intoxicated. Duting their investigation, police found a loaded handgun and ammunition in her car. Ms. Wishnevski is not allowed to own a firearm.

The suspect was arrested and charged with DUI, multiple traffic infractions, firearm charges, and resisting an officer without violence. As of this writing she has not been charged with battery on a law enforcement officer despite the fact that she hit a patrol car with the policeman inside.

The police were called to Ms. Wishnevski's seperated husband's house after midnight because he was complaining that she was outside his home. He told police that she was breaking his windows and was brandishing a gun! Her two sons and her ex-husband were alone in the house at this time.

When she heard police, she got in her car and fled. She hit a patrol car and lead police on a brief chase. As an officer came up to her car, she made such a fuss that he had to hold her at gunpoint until backup arrived.

When questioned by the police, her story was not helpful. She claimed that her ex-husband had called her to come. When she arrived, he was the one with the firearm and he began to beat her. She was unable to tell the police how she came into ownership of the gun however, nor could she explain why she was driving drunk and hitting the police.

At the time of this writing, it was unknown if she had posted bail nor what type of criminal sentencing she was facing.

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October 16, 2014

Dallas Cowboy running back arrested for shoplifting

Pinellas theft crimes defense.jpg From a local CBS news affiliate, a NFL running back was arrested for shoplifting under $500 in small items in a department store.

Running back Joseph Randle was arrested by store security in a Dallas store for the theft of underwear and cologne.

"The items that were stolen were underwear and cologne," Lt. Jason Jenkins told a radio station. This seemed to be confirmed by online gossip site TMZ which reported that the Cowboy had allegedly stolen Gucci cologne, as well as a pair of Polo underwear. At least this shoplifter is a classy sort.

A local sports station confirmed that the NFL player cooperated and did not attempt to run. He was booked into the Frisco City Detention Center and released early the next morning on bail.

Ironically, this man can definitely afford underwear and cologne. The reserve running back is making just under $500,000 this year and is signed to a four-year, $2.35 million dollar contract! He just had his best game of the year, rushing for over 50 yards on just 5 carries. As far as any discipline coming from his team or the NFL, at the time of this writing there has been no word.

LEGAL ANALYSIS

Unlike Texas, in Florida there are only two types of misdemeanors and three types of felony charges for theft. Theft charges can be found under Florida Statute 812.014.

Depending on the value of the items stolen and/or any prior theft convictions for Mr. Randle in Florida this case could be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. If this was his first theft offense and the items were worth under $300 (as seems likely), this would be a mere misdemeanor. If the items were worth over $300 or he has prior theft convictions, it is possible that the shoplifting would be elevated to a third-degree felony. That is punishable by up to five years prison!

If Mr. Randle has no priors, he would seem to be a prime candidate for a Florida pre-trial intervention program ("PTI"). This would consist of a series of things he would have to do (such as community service and a shoplifter's awareness class) that if succesfull, his charges would be dismissed.

As for now, it will be interesting to see what decision he makes and how it affects his professional future.

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October 8, 2014

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office sets up DUI checkpoint, 8 nabbed

dui 3.png From the TampaBay Times, a DUI checkpoint in Kenneth City last weekend nabbed multiple arrests. While we have previously discussed some irregularities that can take place with Florida DUI checkpoints, this one seemed less about controversy, nabbing eight arrests.

Before bad weather struck early Saturday morning, Pinellas CountySheriff deputies managed eight arrests at their DUI checkpoint.

Starting at 10 p.m. Friday and lasting until 2:45 a.m. Saturday near the Kmart at 66th street in Kenneth City, the checkpoint over 25% of the cars passing through.

Per Sheriff's records, out of 774 vehicles, 216 were pulled over for additional scrutiny by the police.

The eight arrests resulted in multiple charges such as traffic infractions, a no valid driver's license, a DWLSR, two counts of cocaine possession, a possession of marijuana and a possession of alcohol by persons under 21.

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October 1, 2014

80-year-old Florida man beaten in a diner

Pinellas elderly crimes lawyer.bmp As first reported in the smoking gun website, an octogenarian was beaten inside a "family" chain restaurant after asking the defendant to stop cursing...

An 80-year-old man was the victim of a battery on an elderly charge after he was repeatedly punched and thrown to the ground by the suspect. The reason? The elderly man asked the suspect to stop cursing!

26-year-old Mikie Sawyer was arrested for battery disorderly intoxication and obstruction for his actions in an Applebees last week.

The victim, Harry Sander, told police he was at the neighborhood bar when he heard the drunk victim repeatedly scream and curse. Sawyer was dropping F-bombs and using slang terms for the female anatomy. Harry approached the defendant and politely asked him to lower his voice per the police report.

The defendant refused, words were exchanged and after a no doubt fascinating conversation of the victim's homeland and customs elsewhere in the world compared to America, the defendant brutally punched the elderly man in the face. Harry was then thrown to the floor and blacked out. He was treated by paramedics at the scene.

There appears to be plenty of evidence in this case. Per the police report, the victim's face and cheek were bruised and discolored as was the defendant's knuckles. There were also multiple eye witnesses to this battery.
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After the fight, the defendant left the restaurant with two friends. A manager followed them outside to write down the license plate number. The defendant reacted by charging the employee and threatening to beat him up as well.

The defendant was arrested following a traffic stop. He was arrested and as of this writing there has been no court dates for him.

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September 24, 2014

No car seat, no problem? Florida woman puts child in the trunk!

Pinellas child abuse defense lawyers.jpgWant to avoid a traffic ticket for not having a car seat for your child? Well for one Florida woman the answer was simple: put your baby in the trunk! Luckily police found this out quickly...

19-year-old Breona Watkins was out driving without a headlight late at night. When a Broward Sheriff Deputy attempted to pull her over, she continued driving for several blocks.

After claiming she didn't stop her car because she has "never been pulled over before", Ms. Watkins then gave a false name to a law enforcement officer. The new mother then admitted that she did not have a driver's license and was arrested for a dwlsr. That is when things took a dark turn...

During the traffic stop, a second deputy heard what sounded like "crying from the vehicle and there was no child in the vehicle". When the deputy opened the trunk they found Ms. Watkin's child inside. The baby was on top of plant cutting shears, surrounded by a rusty coat hanger, a tire iron and several plastic bags among other dangerous objects.

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Upon questioning, Ms. Watkins told the police that her baby had been sitting on the lap of a 14-year-old passenger. When police pulled her over, she told the passenger to stash the baby in the trunk through the back seat which folded down. At no time did the mother tll the police this during the more then 15 minute traffic stop because according to the mother, she didn't want to get a ticket for not having a car seat for her baby!

For trying to avoid a traffic ticket the mother was arrested and charged with felony child cruelty, obstruction, multiple tickets and a driving without a license. As of this writing she remains in jail.

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September 17, 2014

"Weird Florida" strikes again...

953593-domestic-violence-callout.jpg From the Smoking Gun website, two quick police reports that help show how the term "Weird Florida" got its name...

Just last Friday an elderly Florida woman was charged with misdemeanor battery after spraying her mentally ill adult son with Febreze, a cleaning product.

Per the report the 69-year-old mother, Jenny Ellis, claimed she was frustrated with the state's mental health system and wants her son gone. According to the police Ellis told them "Just take him out of here. Make him disappear, shoot him or something."

After posting a bond, the suspect is due in court next month. She was lucky as she could have been charged with more serious offenses such as battery on a disabled person, aggravated assault or other charges. It sounds like she may need a mental health evaluation herself to make sure she can handle the stress of taking care of her son.
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Not to be outdone, 45-year-old Desmond Brownlee was arrested and charged with domestic battery after choking his wife during an arguement over fried chicken! As most thing do, this fight started late night when the defendant began fighting with his wife of over three years? The reason for the fight? Per Desmond, he was angry that there was not enough chicken leftovers!

The victim claimed that she was pushed into the bedroom and repeatedly hit. Finally she said the suspect strangled her to the point that she was not able to breathe!

She eventually broke free and dialed 911. However when the police arrived, she had since changed her mind and no longer wanted to press charges. The report made sure to note that they had a child in common who was sleeping throughout the incident.

Noticing red marks on the victim's face and neck, the defendant was arrested for domestic battery by strangulation (a felony) and tampering with a witness. He was taken to jail where he remained.


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September 11, 2014

Double Standards? Ray Rice vs. Shannen Allen in New Jersey

St. Pete domestic violence attorney.jpg By now this has been the lead story on almost every news cast. We have included a video from CNN that does not show the battery. A copy of that video can be found here. While it is not bloody, it can be disturbing for certain viewers...

As has been previously mentioned, star running back Ray Rice has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL and has been cut from the Baltimore Ravens last Monday. This turn of events occurred only after a new video surfaced showing the football star brutally knocking out his fiancee, now wife in a hotel elevator.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had originally suspended Rice two games for his actions involving the domestic violence. This drew harsh criticism from many people who noted that the NFL was giving out four game suspensions for first-time illegal drug users. Goodell claimed the light sentence was given when he only had access to an earlier video which did not show the actual assault. Rather it showed Rice dragging his unconscious girlfriend out of the elevator.

Back in July, Rice had admitted wrongdoing and he and his wife were in counseling. After this latest suspension, the 27-year-old man may be out of options. Any NFL team that signs him will need the commissioner's approval to proceed. In addition, the Canadian Football League is not allowed to sign him as long as he is suspended by the NFL.

Rice had previously been given probation by a New Jersey judge after a deal was worked out with the prosecutor. This too has come under intense criticism by many for both the supposed leniency as well as the same judge/prosecutor are now involved in a controversial firearm case.
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In that New Jersey case, a Pennslyvania woman was pulled over in New Jersey. She let the officer know that she had a firearm in her car and that she had a valid firearm permit from her state. Unfortunately for her, New Jersey does not recognize these permits and she was arrested. Despite previous cases of people being offered a diversion program for the same offense, New Jersey prosecutor Jim McClain is refusing to budge. His last offer to the woman, Shaneen Allen, a professional with two children, was 3.5 years prison!

The fact that this prosecutor and Judge Michael Donio consider a brutal domestic battery less of a concern then legal firearm ownership by a military vet and mother has outraged many people.

Is there a double standard? Ray Rice was famous and given a slap on the wrist for his brutal battery. Meanwhile the exact same judge and prosecutor who excused domestic violence appear almost giddy in their attempts to imprison a woman with no criminal record for a mistake.

One thing for certain, there are no winners in either case. The NFL looks soft on crime and the Baltimore Ravens took heat for both their support of Ray Rice and their tweet from Rice's wife in which it appeared she blamed herself for the incident.

As far as the firearm case, the New Jersey justice system looks weak but especially the judge and the state attorney's office. Many articles have been written nationally including in USA Today, and local papers.

The one possible bright spot in all this mess is that domestic violence victims are getting increased attention. The old question of "why didn't (the victim) just walk away?" has been getting answered and the country as a whole has heard about both tragedies now. With increased awareness will hopefully come increased domestic violence education and perhaps a push for more fairness in prosecution for both innocent victims and even the accused.

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September 4, 2014

In Florida, have prescription pills gone full circle?

798516-drug-offenses.jpg It is an accepted fact that prescription pill abuse is a major problem in Florida. There have been articles mentioning pill mills and talk that cracking down on them has helped fuel the rise of heroin in Florida. Now a great article in the Tampa Bay Times website talks about a growing backlash amongst doctors about "too strict" regulations that are affecting their ability to prescribe these pills to the patients who most need them...

A Tampa doctor who once led the fight to curtail prescription drug abuse and the fatal overdoses that resulted from it, is now on a new crusade. He is wanting to increase the access to the same drugs he once fought to reduce.

Despite an almost 25% decline in prescription pill "OD" deaths in just the past few years, Tampa Dr. Rafael Miguel is now hoping to loosen the same laws he once championed. The reason? Too many pharmacies are now refusing to fill the prescriptions or even questioning the medical professionals as to the necessity of the drugs.

Thanks to the efforts of Doctor Miguel and others like him, the DEA began to fine drug companies and pharmacies for not questioning certain prescriptions. Of course, this has resulted in increased scrutiny towards these prescriptions, even if medically necessary.

This has led to tension between the doctors and pharmacies. The AMA (American Medical Association) has warned pharmacies about refusing to fill prescriptions. Major pharmacies such as Walmart and others have pointed out that they have a duty to exercise care. Said a CVS spokesman "As health care providers on the front lines of health care delivery, our pharmacists use their professional judgment and consider a variety of factors when determining whether a prescription for a controlled substance was issued for a legitimate purpose, which is part of their professional responsibility under state and federal law".

WHile the two groups are arguing, it is the patients that are paying the price. There are horror stories about people with legitimate prescriptions that are being refused service. Stores are using various excuses, such as claiming doctor shopping or that an injured patient lives too far away from the pharmacy.

Now even a Doctor that helped Pinellas County draft an ordinance reducing pill mills thinks things have gotten out of hand. Watching some of her patients who suffer from cancer or severe spinal conditions bounce from pharmacy to pharmacy without success.

"It's crazy," said Dr. Lynne Columbus, the Clearwater doctor who drafted the ordinance. "It's gone way too far to the other side."
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Still pharmacies may not be backing down. After Walgreens was hit with an 80 million dollar fine from the DEA for letting oxycodone hit the black market, other pharmacies became even stricter. After a few CVS pharmacies in Florida had their license revoked, many stores stopped carrying controlled substances or kept them in limited amounts.

Now many innocent patients are suffering in pain and unable to get relief.

According to local pharmacist Larry Golbolm, in Florida, pharmacists do not need to justify refusing to fill a prescription. "Pharmacists did not go to school for at least six years to be drug dealers for the highly suspect 'profession' called 'pain management,' " he said. "The ruse on pain management is fully understood by the majority of pharmacists, especially at the chain establishments."

This "war" between reducing prescription pill addiction and helping legitimate patients has produced a few casualties, including a Pinellas woman who committed suicide rather then face her pain after she was unable to get her prescriptions filled.

In another example a late-stage lung cancer patient elected to enter a hospice instead after she was unable to get her prescription filled.

Per Trinity Pain Center owner Christopher Wittmann "If she underwent chemotherapy, she may actually have been able to extend her life by a year, but the option of having a year and being in miserable pain or living two to three months but having her pain controlled was her choice, because there was no guarantee that we could control her pain."

Another unintended consequence of this crackdown is legitimate patients afraid to talk about their medicine and medical condition as they fear looking like drug addicts. Many patients feel defensive even talking about it.

Is there an answer? Unfortunately corporations, like people, respond to consequences. If a company runs the risk of a large fine or even being shut down, they tend to err on the side of caution. This results in many innocent people being put through unnecessary pain and suffering because they cannot get their prescription pills. Now, many of the same doctors who championed stiffer laws to control these substances are surprised that pharmacies are hesitant to fill their prescriptions. Until Pinellas County finds a "third way" between public safety and patient's rights, we will continue to see both prescription pill abuse and innocents suffering.

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August 27, 2014

Florida babysitter stabs client for refusing her advances

931789-Crimes-of-Violence-callout-08-20-10.png From the smoking gun website, a Florida woman is arrested for aggravated battery after she stabbed her client for refusing to have sex with her!

22-year-old Shakieria Anquanette Shan Long was arrested by police earlieer this month for stabbing her client in the neck. His crime? Refusing her sexual advances because she was drinking too much!

Per a witness, there was a BBQ at a nearby Ft. Pierce home. Ms. Long and the victim, 32-year-old Eugene Slyvester entered the house. The defendant was screaming at the man that she wanted to have sex with him. The defendant, who babysat the victim's children, was very intoxicated.

Ms. Long proceeded to follow the victim to a back bedroom where she grabbed a knife and began stabbing him. Per the witness, the defendant soon came out asking for help, saying she stabbed Eugene and that he "was leaking".

The witness grabbed a towel and proceeded to put it on the victim's neck while walking him home. That did not last long as the defendant soon came running up to them and proceeded to punch the victim in the face multiple times.
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Police were called and after questioning witnesses, they arrested the defendant for felony battery, public intoxication and misdemeanor battery.

This was not her first brush with the law. At the time of her arrest, Ms. Long was free on abond in connection with an earlier arrest for disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest, and battery on a law enforcement officer. Her bond was quickly revoked and she remains in jail.

As for the victim, Mr. Slyvester received multiple stitches but told police that he did not wish to press charges. As of the time of this writing, no charges had been filed.

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August 21, 2014

Super Bowl Champion Investigated by the Police

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A police department in the state of Washington is investigating Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch for assault and criminal mischief allegations.

The local police were quick not to jump to conclusions. Per the police spokesman: "At this point, this is only an allegation. We haven't even confirmed that he was there, so it's very early on in this investigation. Everything that we can confirm is in the news release".

While details are still murky, the incident might have taken place early Sunday morning in a woman's Bellevue apartment. The woman claimed that the football player threatened a battery against her and then damaged some of her things.

The police were quick to note that no sexual assault or domestic battery was suspected.

As for Marshawn Lynch, the timing could not be worse for the three-time Pro Bowler. Lynch last year led the Superbowl champion Seahawks with over 1200 rushing yards. There were many insiders who had hoped that a superbowl ring would mature the trouble-proned running back.

He had previously been suspended three games in 2009 by the NFL commissioner for a weapons charge. Then just two years later, he was arrested for a DUI.

Despite his past, it is important to remember that these newest charges are mere allegations at the time of this writing and he has yet to be charged.

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August 14, 2014

Father and two sons all arrested for DUI for same accident

dui 3.png Keeping it all in the family? Per a CBS website, a Vermont father and two sons were arrested for a DUI at the same accident scene.

What started out as a day of fishing for a Vermont family ended up with three family members facing drinking and driving charges after a single-car accident last Saturday.

Two out of three family members were above the legal limit. The youngest son, 19, was below the limit but was still charged with a DUI because of his age.

The 19-year-old and 22-year-old son along with their father were all charged with a DUI. For the 22-year-old, tis is his second offense. He is also charged with driving on a suspended license (DWLSR). For the 19-year-old, this also marked his second DUI charge in as many weeks!

A Vermont Fish & Wildlife game warden was called out to a single car crash and found the vehicle rolled over. He immediately alerted the police.

When officers arrived on the scene, the oldest son was identified as the driver and his alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit! He was taken to the hospital and once cleared, he was charged with a DUI.

While at the scene, the youngest brother drove up along with his father to check on their family member. The youngest brother appeared to have been drinking, failed all roadside sobriety tests and was arrested.

During this time, the father moved from the passenger to driver side seat and moved the car closer to the scene. Police officers noticed signs of impairment and ordered the father to stop. After an investigation, he too was arrested for driving under the influence and blew three times the legal limit as well (like father, like son?).

State police issued the following statement about the case. "The day started out with a wonderful day out fishing on the waterways, but took an ugly turn after making some irresponsible decisions which ended up poorly. Based upon this incident, it can be learned that irresponsible decisions may lead to totaling a vehicle, minor to fatal injuries, tow bills, and criminal charges filed for the parties involved," the spokesman said.

"Fortunately no one else was injured in this case. Please drink responsibly and remember to have a designated driver take you home after consuming alcoholic beverages,".


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August 7, 2014

Pinellas Park drug sting nets seven arrests

798516-drug-offenses.jpg From BayNews9, a local mobile home park was the scene of several arrests involving drugs.

After months of complaints about drug sales from local park residences, the Pinellas Park police department finally struck back. A monthlong police investigation netted seven arrests at Palm Village Mobile Home park on 66th street.

Among the multiple arrests were charges for outstanding warrants, sale of oxycodone and possession of marijuana among others.

Those arrested were six men, one woman, ranging in age from 28-46.
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LEGAL ANALYSIS

A possession of marijuana charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, found under Florida statute 893.13. It is punishable by up to one year in county jail and if one was to be convicted of the charge, the person loses their driver's license for two years!

A sale of a controlled substance such as prescription pills obviously carries a much harsher sentence. While under the same statute, it is a second-degree felony, with an automatic ajudication of guilt and a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison!

Depending on the defendant's lifestyle, priors and the facts of the individual arrests, a defendant may be able to resolve his/her case with probation or even drug court.

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July 31, 2014

Florida man arrested for obstruction, a few dozen beers later

Florida obstruction arrest defense attorney.jpg While not the "crime of the century", the TBT online reported how a night went from bad to worse for one local man...

A New Port Richey man is facing charges of disorderly conduct after cursing and obstructing medical personnel at the Medical Center in Trinity.

34-year-old Matthew Margetko called Pasco Fire Rescue after he was injured during a fight. The battery victim became belligerent to the arriving paramedics.

He was then transported to the hospital where he refused to calm down despite repeated warnings. He began to scream obscenities at nurses while other patients were around. He began to struggle and other hospital employees had to stop treating other patients in order to help subdue the defendant.

Pasco deputies were called to the scene and Margetko allegedly continued to scream at curse at the police, nurses and paramedics.

When police interviewed the man, he admitted to drinking roughly a "dozen bud lights". He was then placed in jail and bond was set at a reasonable $250.

As of this writing, the suspect has yet to be charged. There has also been any idea as to what, if any, punishment he may face.

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July 22, 2014

5 Reasons Why Cyber Crime Threatens Global Security

cyber fraud.bmpTechnology evolves at a rate that has law enforcement and justice officials continually striving to keep pace with emerging tech-based crimes. And as the flow and availability of personal information continue to accelerate, the value of information steadily rises, making it a modern day target for opportunistic criminals.

Cyber-crime, for example, takes several forms, including data theft, identity theft and other breaches. Misrepresentation is a common feature of cyber-crimes, because the vast nature of the World Wide Web conceals the identity of those who move within it. And will physical limitations once helped thwart criminal enterprise, today's high-tech cyber-criminals operate without such constraints. As a result, cyber-crime is a global concern, which cannot be adequately addressed by any one nation.

It Can Happen Anywhere

Cyber-crime knows no borders, so no user or region is safe from its ill-effects. From individual efforts to steal identity information and sensitive personal data, to large-scale efforts disrupting corporate and government databases, cyber-crime impacts global security. Hackers have shown their ability to infiltrate nearly every aspect of society, including high-value systems in science and industry. Significant commercial disruption took place recently during well publicized breaches at a number of big-name retailers, when hundreds of thousands of personal profiles were accessed and sensitive financial information disclosed. Widespread cyber-crimes carried out against diverse victims illustrate the Omni-present risks of connectivity and electronic information-sharing.

Cyber-Criminals are Growing Bolder

As security computer specialists fortify defenses against cyber-crime, hackers and other criminals find new ways to circumvent such measures. Mobile technology, for example, is exploding as the population takes its needs on the road with smartphones and tablets. So as consumer habits shift in the direction, they are followed closely by the efforts of cyber-criminals, who see the mobile landscape as a fertile new territory to prey on users. Mobile transactions for purchases and with banks are prime targets for data theft and other misdeeds.

Financial Markets are Global

The very advantages of electronic communication also stand as their primary weaknesses. As interactions are shared online and large volumes of supporting data are housed electronically, financial relationships are more and more international in nature, connecting global financial markets in ways that leave them vulnerable. One need only look at the recent meltdown of the United States real estate market and its subsequent ripples across the globe to confirm how one major disruption can interrupt the economies of multiple regions.

Lack of Global Enforcement Leaves the Door Open

Due to the nature of the Internet, policing it and enforcing penalties against cyber-criminals is more difficult than maintaining security within defined territories. Until consensus is reached among the world's power players and universal security agreements are made, Internet security remains piecemeal and easier to exploit than a unified effort would be.

Cyber-War is Real

A new chapter opened in cyberspace recently, when malicious code was used to interrupt Iran's nuclear capabilities. The Stuxnet worm targeted Microsoft Windows networks and Siemans software to execute automatic commands that impacted Iran's nuclear centrifuges, disabling as much as one fifth of the nation's enrichment capacity. Such large scale intrusion, with a significant physical outcome, underscores the emerging role computer network infiltration plays in international cyber-warfare. With the potential to disrupt infrastructure, financial databases and even military networks, the potential for destruction has never been higher for cyber-criminals.

Cyber-crime targets individuals, organizations and even governments, reaching into every aspect of modern society. To effectively reduce the threat, international consensus must be reached, to standardize enforcement and accountability across the world. Until then, cyber-criminals are empowered to breach prevailing measures, placing global security at risk.

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Daphne Holmes contributed this guest post. She is a writer from http://www.arrestrecords.com and you can reach her at daphneholmes9@gmail.com.

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July 16, 2014

Facts about violent crimes in America

931789-Crimes-of-Violence-callout-08-20-10.pngIn 2010, the United States had to spend approximately $80 billion on the system of its prisons and jails which means the nation spent around $260 for each of its citizens. As per the statistics, 2.2 million Americans were in prison or jail in 2012, which is a bigger percentage of population behind bars than in almost any other country. This is also approximately five times the number versus other industrialized nations. In such a situation it is obvious that such a huge amount of money was spent for punishment.

In the United States, there is a theory that crime rose in the 1960s and 1970s mainly due to decline in manufacturing employment, whereas, in 1980s and 1990s, a major reason of crimes was crack cocaine. But with so many Americans in prison, one needs to know that it is also the US policies regarding crime that drove up imprisonment rates.

Harsh sentencing has been a way to remove criminals form society. Since 1975 to 2002, mandatory sentencing laws with minimum sentences, have been adopted by all 50 states. Harsher gun laws including Florida's 10/20/Life were passed. For punishing repeat offenders, many states adopted "three strikes" laws. In such a scenario, judges are left with no ways to offer shorter sentences. The prison population surged and by 2012, the number of Americans behind bars had tripled to 0.7 percent.

With this increase, the United States saw a dramatic reduction in violent crime from the 1960s until 2010. However, the released crime figures by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2012 shows that the violent crime rates in the United Sates is on the rise for the second consecutive year. From 19 in 2010, victimizations per thousand rose to 23 in 2011 and 26 in 2012. As per the latest figures, the fall in serious crime in the U.S started in the mid-1990s which continued downward till 2010. Between 1996 and 2001, there was a drop in the rate of violent crimes in US; from 65 victimizations per 1,000 it came down to 33.

When speaking about violent crimes in US, as per FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program, the four offenses encompassed by violent crime are murder, robbery, forcible rape and aggravated assault.

In the year 2012, the estimated number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement was 1,214,462 and this includes 14,827 murders; 354,520 robberies; 84,376 forcible rapes and 760,739 aggravated assaults. According to the statistics, of all reported violent crimes, the South accounted for around 40.9%. Of all reported violent crimes, aggravated assaults accounted for 62.6%. Of all reported murders, in 69.3% cases firearms were used. Of all robberies, 43.5% occurred on highways or streets.

When accused of any kind of crime, you have two important steps. The first and thing to do would be seeking a bail to avoid prolonged jailtime. While procuring a bail bond can be quite challenging, the bail bond agents can be of real help. Today, in the age of high-end technology, getting the right bail bond is easier, quicker and simpler when done online through an online bail bond agency. When it is about getting bail bonds in paterson nj, an online bail bond agency can be a wise option to get it done in the most hassle-free way.

Coming back to the statistics regarding violent crimes, it is revealed that when comparing the figures for the first six months of 2013 with the first six months of 2012, there was a decline in violent crimes as well as in property crimes such as theft. While comparing the first six months data of 2012 with that of 2013, all the offenses in the category of violent crime shows a decline. In all categories of violent crimes like murder, non-negligent manslaughter, aggravated assault, robbery and forcible rape - murder rate declined by 6.9%, aggravated assaults declined by 6.6%, robbery offenses declined by 1.8% and forcible rapes declined by 10.6%. The violent crime rates in the first six months of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012 shows the maximum decrease of 9.2% which is noted in cities with less than 10,000 population.

While nonmetropolitan counties showed a decline in violent crime by 10.5%, in the metropolitan counties it was 3.6% only. In the four regions of the nation, there was a decrease in violent crime; while the largest was 7.4% in the Midwest, it was 5.9% in the South, 4.3% in the Northeast and 3.7% in the West.

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