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Category Archives: Property Crimes

West Palm Beach Defense Attorney Reports Protestor Arrests Highly Suspicious

Recent arrests of Anonymous protestors for trespassing were completely politically motivated says Andrew Stine West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney. On May 20, 2016 the West Palm Beach Police Department arrested many “protesters”, belonging to a group called Anonymous, for “trespassing,” reports West Palm Beach defense attorney Andrew Stine. The protestors were calling for the arrest of Officer Nouman Raja, the off-duty Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer, who shot to death Corey Jones. The protest started at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. The arrest of the protestors was triggered, however, not at the governmental building in downtown West Palm Beach, FL, but at an open field located close to the home of the Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg. Dave Aronberg is the top prosecutor in Palm Beach County,… […]

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Grand Theft on the Rise in Palm Beach County, FL

In the State of Florida, if you are being accused or have been freshly arrested for Grand Theft, you must act quickly in obtaining a criminal lawyer. Palm Beach County has recently witnessed several newsworthy arrests for the crimes of grand theft. Recent allegations lodged against Palm Beach residents include “stealing from a West Palm Beach condominium association,” “taking money from a Royal Palm Beach employee,” and “thefts of mailboxes from the Acreage/Loxahatchee area.” Under Florida law Grand Theft is defined under 812.014 as: A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with the intent to, either temporarily or permanently: (a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from… […]

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Can you be convicted of both theft and dealing in stolen property?

Can you be convicted of both theft and dealing in stolen property?

In Florida, an accused may be convicted of several different types of thefts. Felony and misdemeanor theft are the most common theft crimes that are seen in Palm Beach County, FL. Another crime that the prosecutor likes to charge an accused with, in the same family as theft, is dealing in stolen property. But can an accused be convicted of both theft and dealing in stolen property? Theft in Florida is defined as “A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently: (a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property. (b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the… […]

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Petit Theft and Other Misdemeanor Crimes

Petit Theft and Other Misdemeanor Crimes

The crime of Petit Theft in Florida is the taking or misusing of another’s property with the value of the property being $300.00 or less. The crime of Petit Theft in Florida is a Misdemeanor of the First degree. A misdemeanor of the first degree in Florida is punishable by up to one (1) year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.00. There are also civil fines and forfeiture laws that deal with those accused and found guilty of petit theft. The most often seen petit thefts in Florida, are when someone shoplifts from a retail store, walks out on not paying an invoice for food or hospitality related services, destroys another’s property, misuses of another’s property or  not returning rental property as promised per the rental agreement.… […]

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Arrested on Grand Theft Charges

Arrested on Grand Theft Charges

Two Boynton Beach residents were on a electronic shopping theft spree, accused of leaving Walmart with stolen electronics worth about $1,760. The security guard watched two men leave with a cart full of electronics only to come back shortly after to get more. The second trip resulted in police interception at the exit. Akinsvil Paulvil, 21, and Licence Sineas, 19 are facing grand theft charges and currently held at Palm Beach County jail. In Florida, the seriousness of a theft charge depends upon the amount taken. Theft of $300 or less is misdemeanor petty theft, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Theft or embezzlement of more than $300 is grand theft, a felony that may be subject to a mandatory minimum prison… […]

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Auto Theft a Misdemeanor or a Federal Crime?

Auto Theft a Misdemeanor or a Federal Crime?

A 25-year-old suburban West Palm Beach man is behind bars this morning after allegedly stealing a car out of Palm Springs. Lee Smith faces charges of possession of marijuana and auto theft and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bail. West Palm Beach Police arrested Smith around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday after he admitted to stealing a car with the keys in the ignition in a Burger King parking lot in Palm Springs. (read full story) Florida Theft Laws Florida laws use the legal term “theft” to describe a variety of property crimes, including larceny, stealing, misappropriation, conversion, and other offenses. In general, theft involves the unauthorized taking or use of another person’s property. In a theft case, the prosecutor must prove several elements… […]

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Florida Retail Theft Charges, Probation Questions and Probation Violation

Florida Retail Theft Charges, Probation Questions and Probation Violation

A priest who in June left his job at St. Clare Catholic Church in North Palm Beach, pledging to prove he was innocent of shoplifting, this week was placed on probation for 18 months and ordered to pay $895 restitution to Neiman Marcus for the picture frame he stole from its Boca Raton store in December. Rev. Giuseppe Savaia, 43, refused to confess but agreed that a guilty plea was in his best interest, said prosecutor Kirk Volker. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal withheld adjudication before placing Savaia on probation, ordering him to take a theft abatement course and to get psychological treatment. Earlier this summer, he was placed in a pre-trial intervention program in Broward County to settle charges that he stole two $400 Italian coats from… […]

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Arrested for Shoplifting

Arrested for Shoplifting

Shoplifting is a criminal charge that results when a person is accused of stealing or attempting to steal from a store. The offense often happens when a person walks out of a store without paying for an item. Shoplifting also occurs by changing a price tag to get a lower price, leaving a restaurant without paying a bill or eating food in a grocery store without paying for it. Whatever the reason, the first thing to do if you have been arrested for shoplifting is to hire an attorney or enlist the help of another legal professional. The severity of a shoplifting charge largely depends on the total value of the stolen goods and whether there is a prior record, especially for shoplifting. Typically, shoplifting is a lower-level criminal charge,… […]

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Car Theft in West Palm is a Troubling Trend

Car Theft in West Palm is a Troubling Trend

Experts have been reporting a strong decline in the number of car thefts over the past decade. This decline may be a result of new and improved security technology, better response rates on the side of law enforcement, or a variety of other reasons. However, the Palm Beach Post has recently published an article attesting that fun fact, after a near decade of declining car thefts, grand theft auto seems to be a crime on the rise yet again. More often than not, cars are stolen and used to commit other crimes, or are stripped and sold for parts. Grand Theft Car theft is charged as grand theft as the value of the property stolen is greater than $300. However, this is usually not the only charge involved if you… […]

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Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Is the Rate of Home Invasions and Robberies on an Incline?

Despite recent good news about the gradual decline in the rate of robberies and home invasions, the rate for the first quarter of this year has law enforcement on edge. Law enforcement has recently been boasting about an improved response rate to robberies, better technology and resources, and an all around better crime rate. However, it seems that things are actually getting worse, despite all of the new and improved efforts of law enforcement. Home Invasion A home invasion robbery is much different than a burglary. For instance, home invasion is considered the act of illegally entering (or breaking and entering) a private and occupied dwelling with violent intent for the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such as robbery or assault. Burglary is simply illegally entering a… […]

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