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St. Lucie County Commissioner Arrested for Grand Theft

St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky has been arrested on grand theft charges. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday and is potentially facing time in prison if convicted. Grand theft is actually quite a common crime. Whether the act of theft is determined to be grand theft or petty theft determines on the value of the property or money stolen. If the money or value of the property stolen is greater than $300, it is considered grand theft with a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years or more. St. Lucie County Theft According to an article in WPTV News, St. Lucie County Commissioner Christ Dzadovsky was arrested on grand theft charges that do not relate to his position as commissioner. He posted a $2,500 bond Monday after allegedly turning… […]

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Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Community Outrage Over Arrest of Autistic Boy

Many times, when an arrest occurs and hits the media, the community has the ability to influence the outcome of the case. When community members believe that the arrest was wrongfully conducted, people band together online or even in public in an attempt to rectify the situation. In this case, a 12-year-old boy was arrested for shoplifting. The catch is that the boy has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a highly-functioning level of autism. The mother of the child used Facebook to garner support from the community of people who understand the difficulty of raising a child with autism. Wrongful Arrest in Boynton Beach According to an article in WPTV News, Boynton Beach police this week arrested a boy with autism on shoplifting charges. A Spencer Gifts store employee called… […]

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How Common is Robbery in South Florida?

How Common is Robbery in South Florida?

Surprisingly, robbery has one of the lowest index of crimes that occur in South Florida in comparison to violent crimes like aggravated assault, and property crimes like theft and burglary. It may be a sign of the times however because the rate of robbery in South Florida is increasing since the year 2010. Robbery is a crime that unfortunately happens every day no matter what county you are in. Just today in WPTV News, there were two separate stories on robbery. One occurred at a Papa John’s, the other at a Burger King. Robbery in South Florida According to WPTV News, a Papa John’s was the recent victim of a robbery and authorities are still looking for the perpetrator. A man walked into the store, grabbed a pizza costume, put… […]

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Grand Theft Laws in Florida

Grand theft is defined as the unlawful stealing of another’s property that is valued at more than $300. If the property is less than $300, it is considered petty theft. Petty theft is usually the term used for shoplifters and other smaller crimes. Grand theft, of any kind, is considered a felony. The degree of the felony charge is dependent on the value of the stolen property. In order to be convicted of grand theft, the state must prove that the defendant (1) deprived a person of the right to their property or the benefit thereof, or (2) appropriated the property for personal use or for the use of another person who is not entitled to the use of the property, according to the Florida Statutes. The varying degrees of… […]

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Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine Motions to Dismiss Charges

Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine Motions to Dismiss Charges

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine has filed a motion to dismiss the charges pending on one of his clients. The motion is to dismiss the charges in their entirety, or to dismiss the singular charge of solicitation on grounds of violating Double Jeapardy. The charge of solicitation alleges that the defendant has been charged with criminal solicitation and for theft of a trade secrets. What is a Trade Secret A trade secret as defined in Florida’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act is defined as something that derives independent economic value, actual or potential. The trade secret is not being generally known and not readily ascertainable by anyone who can obtain economic value from the disclosed information of the trade secret. According to Florida Statute 812.081, a trade secret is a… […]

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Metal Theft in Palm Beach County

Metal Theft in Palm Beach County

For the past several months, law enforcement has seen a rise in metal thefts all across the county. Because of the serious increase in this particular crime, officials are wanting to crack down on thieves who target homes, restaurants, and even abandoned buildings. Task forces have been created in order to battle the ever popular and lucrative crime of metal theft. There are several different kinds of crimes committed involving metal theft, not only could the thief be charged with theft, but the buyer could be charged with dealing in stolen property. Targeting Abandoned Buildings Thieves may think they are stealing property that is no longer wanted but the problem arises when the building owner wants to sell the building, which usually includes what’s inside. Thieves will take air conditioning… […]

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Crackdown on Counterfeit Merchandise

Crackdown on Counterfeit Merchandise

Counterfeit consumer goods, commonly called knock-offs, are counterfeit or imitation products offered for sale. The spread of counterfeit goods has become global in recent years and the range of goods subject to infringement has increased significantly. According to estimates by the Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), counterfeit goods make up 5 to 7% of world trade.[1] A report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that up to $200 billion of international trade could have been for counterfeit and pirated goods in 2005,[2] and around $250 billion in 2007.[3][4] Other estimates conclude that a more accurate figure is closer to $600 billion lost, since the OECD estimates do not include online sales or goods counterfeited and sold within the same country.[3]… […]

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Florida Hotel Robbery Video Is Released

Florida Hotel Robbery Video Is Released

According to police, the two men, one of them armed with a handgun, walked into the Comfort Inn at 2520 Stirling Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. One man reached over the counter for the cash register but was unable to locate it. On the surveillance video he can then be seen approaching a man and snatching his wallet before running away. The video shows the gunman jumping over the counter where police said he demanded cash from an employee. The clerk told him that money was not kept at the front counter, at which point the man rummaged through a cabinet, then jumped back over the counter and fled. Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of… […]

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Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

Why BSO is Saying Lock Your Doors

Burglary is a crime where the charges can depend on the monetary value of the items stolen or the damage done. While unfortunate, burglary is very common especially in South Florida. This summer, the rate of stolen AC units for the copper materials reached an all time high. Cars are a constant target, especially for electronics like GPS units and other items of value left in the vehicle. In Broward County, the Sheriff’s Office is noticing that criminals are targeting cars with unlocked doors and are unfortunately finding many vehicles that provide an open invitation for burglary. Burglary and the Law According to Florida Statute 810.02: “Burglary” means: (1) Entering a dwelling, a structure, or a conveyance with the intent to commit an offense therein, unless the premises are at… […]

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What is Criminal Mischief in the State of Florida?

What is criminal mischief? Criminal mischief is a fairly vague charge. If you have been arrested and accused of criminal mischief, you may need a criminal defense lawyer to explain exactly what the outcome of this charge might be. Your sentence will depend on the amount of damage caused by the criminal mischief you are accused of. According to Florida Statutes, criminal mischief is defined as a crime committed when the defendant knowingly, willfully, and maliciously causes damage to any property belonging to someone else. A defendant can even be charged with criminal mischief on terms of negligence, as in the defendant failed to realize he or she was causing damage. Graffiti and vandalism are common criminal mischief crimes. Criminal Mischief in the State of Florida According to Florida Statutes,… […]

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