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How can I get a Job as a Convicted Felon?

How can I get a Job as a Convicted Felon?

Trying to get a job with a felony conviction can be one of the most frustrating processes to go through. You’ve served your time, paid your dues, and you still can’t get a job and get back on track. How much more difficult do things have to be? While it may seem like there’s not much hope for you, there are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of getting a decent job. Where to look for a job as a convicted felon You don’t have very high chances of getting a top of the line position, but you can still get a job. Here are a few options for you: Temporary employment services – a lot of temporary employment agencies have been known to cooperate with… […]

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How Even Small Crimes can Cost You 25 Years in Prison

How Even Small Crimes can Cost You 25 Years in Prison

Habitual offenders often receive much harsher sentences in the court of law. Even a petty crime can lead to extremely severe consequences if the offender is a repeat offender. An article in today’s WPTV News explores this idea. The article is as follows: NAPLES, Fla. – NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Pawning a stolen laptop brought Terrick Maurice Crosby an easy $150 in September 2009. On Thursday, Collier County Circuit Judge Frank Baker gave the 34-year-old something else — a 25-year prison sentence. Crosby faced up to 30 years under the state’s habitual offender law. His rap sheet dates back to 1994 in Miami-Dade County and includes robbery, grand theft, burglary and resisting arrest with violence charges. He was released from prison in 2006 after serving time for violation of probation.… […]

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What is the Difference Between a Sting Operation and Entrapment?

What is the Difference Between a Sting Operation and Entrapment?

A sting operation is defined as a deceptive, carefully researched and well-executed operation designed to catch a person committing a crime. Usually a police officer or willing member of the public will play the role of a criminal or victim and give another criminal an opportunity to commit a crime. Many times, the person playing the role is actually a criminal who is participating in a deal in order to have their charges dropped. These sting operations are extremely common in the United States but are actually considered illegal in other countries such as Sweden and the Netherlands. They are effective because they often circumvent the need to obtain the suspect’s confession. It is enough evidence for prosecution. Ethical Concerns Sting operations are a hot topic for debate because they… […]

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How Food Stamp Transactions Resulted in Fraud Charges in Boynton Beach

How Food Stamp Transactions Resulted in Fraud Charges in Boynton Beach

According to an article in The Palm Beach Post, five men were arrested Thursday after undercover officers posed as customers with U.S. government food stamp cards and found fraudulent activity at five convenience stores in the city. Police arrested: Shuhab Mahari, 48, a clerk at the EZ Mart on North Seacrest Boulevard; Mohammed Hossain, 32, a clerk at Palm Food & Beverage on East Boynton Beach Boulevard; Abdul Gaffar, 52, a clerk at the Kwik Stop on South Federal Highway; Rafiqul Chowdhury, 50, president of First Stop Foods on South Federal Highway; and Kamal Ahmed, 27, a clerk at First Stop Foods. Police said that an undercover transaction also took place at a Stop-N-Go on West Boynton Beach Boulevard, but they did not serve a search warrant at that location.… […]

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How A 92-Year-Old Man Could Be Charged With Stalking

How A 92-Year-Old Man Could Be Charged With Stalking

According to WPTV News, a Martin County library patron, Herbert Johnson, 92, has been given a trespass warning to keep out of public libraries because he allegedly was making unwanted advances on female librarians. A librarian at Blake Library complained that Johnson, of the 3400 block of Southeast Martinique Trace, Stuart, sent her inappropriate gifts and letters, which she refused or tore up, according to a sheriff’s report. Then he allegedly left at the library’s front desk a letter “containing sexually explicit language stating what (he) wanted to do to” her, according a deputy’s report. Also the report says Johnson had made unwanted approaches to another female employee. A sheriff’s deputy went to Johnson’s house on Wednesday and gave him a trespass warning for all county libraries. Johnson was told that… […]

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Why A Deputy Shot A 17-Year-Old Delinquent

Why A Deputy Shot A 17-Year-Old Delinquent

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Deputy was forced to open fire on a 17-year old juvenile delinquent. The teen had stolen his mother’s car, and fled from the police after his mother called the authorities. “I turned out of the store, I see a white van going south on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard and I made a u-turn thinking he might need some help,” said Charles Humphrey, who lives near the scene of the accident. “When he got down here, I realized he wasn’t in need of help, he was running from the police,” said Charles Humphrey. A deputy spotted the van driving south on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. “He couldn’t do more than 30-35mph with the tires flat on the van,” said… […]

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How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

How a Group of Convenience Store Owners Were Arrested in One Sweep

According to an article in WPTV News, a sweep of 13 convenience stores and service stations across South Florida resulted in 23 arrests on Thursday. Michael Driscoll of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said, “They identified this group that has been defrauding the state of sales taxes and other taxes.” The Florida Department of Revenue launched an investigation after detecting low sales on sales tax returns from the group. The investigation took three and a half years. Mohammed Khan, 53, of Delray Beach, is the alleged head of the scam along with his wife Jharna Kahn, 47. Khan’s number two man, Mansural Islam and his wife Pervin Begam were booked along with five suburban Boca Raton residents into the Palm Beach County Jail. “They would take the money in… […]

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How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

A Panhandle area police officer has been charged with shooting his former girlfriend and dragging her body into the woods, according to a WPTV News Channel 5 article. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said 43-year-old Mark Alan Bomia was arrested Saturday night and charged with murdering Anna Beach. According to an arrest report, Bomia said he went to the victim’s house to talk to her, and she attacked him. The News Herald reported Bomia admitted shooting Beach and removing her clothes and other evidence from the scene. Autopsy results are pending. Additional details are expected to be released at a press conference Monday. It’s unclear if Bomia had legal counsel. An e-mail sent to the sheriff’s office was not immediately returned Sunday. Spousal Disputes Many domestic violence cases can be… […]

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What Is Strong Armed Robbery?

What Is Strong Armed Robbery?

According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, a man was knocked to the ground by a would-be robber in Clearwater, FL. 83-year-old Charles Pace defended himself – by pulling a gun. Clearwater Police said Pace was in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday when a man grabbed him from behind and tried to take his wallet. Pace resisted and was knocked to the ground. Police said that’s when Place pulled out a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Authorities said Pace pointed it at the man and ordered him to leave him alone. The assailant, Bryan Treloar, ran and was followed by a witness. Police caught up with him, arrested him and charged him with attempted strong-arm robbery. He was being held on $10,000 bail. Place, who has a permit to carry… […]

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How Oxycodone Use Can Lead To Child Neglect Charges

How Oxycodone Use Can Lead To Child Neglect Charges

According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, in West Palm Beach, FL, a woman was arrested and charged with child neglect all because of her Oxycodone and Cocaine use. The Centers for Disease Control believes breastfeeding is ideal for babies because it is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. One woman’s breast milk however, led to her arrest. Palm Beach County mother Christen Rando of Tequesta contacted the Department of Children and Family Services to express concerns that her addiction to Oxycodone could be endangering her baby. DCF sent the baby to Jupiter Hospital for testing, and the tests returned with traces of Cocaine and Oxycodone in the infant. Rando admitted she had been breastfeeding the child during her… […]

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