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Mortgage Fraud – Big Business in Palm Beach County

Mortgage fraud consists of a wide range of crimes where people deliberately misrepresent the truth or conceal facts on a mortgage application. In federal courts, mortgage fraud is prosecuted as wire fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud and money laundering – with penalties up to 30 years in prison. Mortgage fraud has grown dramatically over the last few years and many states have begun to enact their own penalties. The state of Florida along with cites and counties including Palm Beach County have established Mortgage Fraud Task Forces. Mortgage fraud is different from predatory mortgage lending, which occurs when a customer is misled or deceived by lenders, brokers or agents. However, these two types of crimes often go hand-in-hand. Types of Mortgage Fraud Income Fraud This is when a borrower overstates… […]

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False Arrest – Case # MM-007419 – Palm Beach County

Last year, a man was forcibly – and without probable cause – removed from his vehicle and then tased and beaten by a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department deputy during a routine traffic stop. He was charged with resisting arrest and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. The use of force by law enforcement agencies against citizens in Florida has reached record levels. Sheriff’s deputies and local law enforcement officers are quick to charge citizens with resisting arrest without violence or obstructing justice. The officers will then state: “The accused did not obey a lawful order.” In Florida, a person may be accused of resisting arrest without or with violence. Resisting without violence is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a… […]

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Andrew Stine, Criminal Defense Lawyer, Defends Man In Delray Beach Sex Crime

A terrible teen sex crime occurred in Delray Beach, Florida, last week and two youths are now in custody. But Andrew Stine, a renowned criminal defense attorney from West Palm Beach, claims that one of the suspects is innocent. The crime occurred around 2:30 p.m. last Thursday. According to reports, 20-year-old Francisco Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other. Fingerprints were found at the crime scene and that led investigators to Britt. Britt, who has a criminal history including car theft and battery, was arrested and is being held at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Assessment… […]

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Resisting Arrest – Case # MM-016005, Delray Beach, Florida

On June 2 2008 at 2:49 PM, during a routine traffic stop, the Delray Police Department alleged that a man resisted arrest, and in doing so committed battery against a law enforcement officer. In Florida, a person may be accused of resisting arrest without or with violence. Resisting without violence is a First Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail and a $1,000.00 fine or both. Resisting arrest with violence is a third degree Felony punishable by up to five years in state prison and a $5,000.00 fine or both. Resisting arrest in Florida is defined as: Whoever shall resist, obstruct, or oppose any officer as defined in s. 943.10(1), (2), (3), (6), (7), (8), or (9); member of the Parole Commission or any administrative… […]

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How To Beat a Solicitation of Prostitution Charge in West Palm Beach

Solicitation of Prostitution is part of a large group of “victimless” crimes like vagrancy, indecent exposure and public intoxication. But if you are arrested for this crime in Palm Beach County, there is nothing victimless about it – you are going to feel like a victim. In recent years, West Palm Beach Police have cracked down on solicitation of prostitution by using stings that target “johns” instead of actual prostitutes. Many unsuspecting men have been arrested and charged with this crime. Many innocent men who stopped at the request of an undercover agent have been entrapped. In the state of Florida, simply asking a person to engage in prostitution is an unlawful act. Money doesn’t even have to be exchanged. It is pretty serious stuff. This is a rare situation… […]

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What is Money Laundering?

Money laundering is the practice of engaging in financial transactions to conceal the identity, source or destination of illegally gained money. It is a major crime in many states and countries. U.S. Federal law is severe: “Whoever knowingly conducts or attempts to conduct a financial transaction which in fact involves the proceeds of specified unlawful activity with the intent to promote the carrying on of specified unlawful activity shall be sentenced to a fine of not more than $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved in the transaction, whichever is greater, or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.” In the past, money laundering only applied to organized crime. Today, it has been expanded to include private individuals, drug dealers, businesses, corrupt officials and even states.… […]

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Ten Tips For Hiring A Good Criminal Defense Lawyer

I hope you never have to use this list. But if you ever need a criminal defense attorney in Palm Beach County, this is a good guideline to follow. If you get charged with a crime, you are going to need a criminal lawyer. It’s as simple as that. 1) Where Do I Find a Criminal Defense Lawyer? Phone books or on-line directories may help but they take time and you don’t have a lot of time. Your best bet is a personal referral, whether it is from a friend, family member or business associate. Talk to the lawyer over the phone first. Ask about their level of experience and determine the hourly rate before you sign anything. 2) Does the Location of the Lawyer Matter? Yes. Even though technology… […]

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Assault and Battery in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the 13th most violent city in the country. There are many violent crimes committed in Palm Beach County and assault and battery are two of the most serious. Most people think “assault and battery” are the same offense but technically “assault” and “battery” are two distinct and separate crimes. Assault – An intentional, unlawful threat to cause bodily injury to another by force. An assault can be completed even if there is no actual contact with a plaintiff, and even if the defendant had no actual ability to carry out the threat. For example – a defendant who points a realistic toy gun at a plaintiff may be liable for assault – even if he was 20 feet away and had no ability… […]

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What Does It Take to be a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

Criminal defense is not an easy job. There are over 6,000 lawyers in Palm Beach County and less than 1,000 of them specialize in criminal law. A criminal defense attorney is a unique breed of lawyer – unlike anyone else. I have been practicing criminal law for a while and there are many things I have learned over the years. You need a commanding knowledge of the law and you need to be able to apply it to each case. You need to argue each case convincingly. You have to read minds and you have to be able to persuade a judge or jury. You have to think fast on your feet and you need a reputation as a fighter and a man who will go to bat for you.… […]

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Andrew Stine – Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hi – my name is Andrew Stine. I have been practicing criminal law in West Palm Beach for over 10 years and I have a damn good track record. I am criminal defense lawyer, not an Internet blogger. So why am I doing this, you might ask. The Internet has become an important communication tool for many businesses and services – including criminal law. Blogging is a good way to share information about this practice and help educate people about my profession. That why I am going to take a little time before my day starts and write about the life of criminal defense attorney. Criminal defense is one of the toughest jobs in law. It is not just about breaking the law, it is about your reputation, your career… […]

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