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Petit Theft or Larceny Charges in Florida

Petit Theft or Larceny Charges in Florida

Petit theft or larceny in Florida occurs when a person: (1) knowingly obtaining or using, or endeavoring to obtain or use; (2) the property of another; (3) with intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property; (4) with the value of the property being $300.00 or less. F.S.A. § 812.014(1) (a), (3) (a). See also J.B. v. State, No. 4D12-1156, 2014 WL 837006 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Mar. 5, 2014). Basically, Petit theft or larceny occurs when someone takes the property of another without the permission of that person with the value being $300.00 or less. In Florida, petit theft occurs mostly in the form of shop lifting from box stores. Box stores are those locations… […]

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Aggressive Driving can Lead to Aggravated Battery Charge

Aggressive Driving can Lead to Aggravated Battery Charge

The driver of a vehicle in Florida can be criminally charged and convicted of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon if the reckless driver purposely crashes the vehicle into another occupied vehicle or into a pedestrian. Because of Florida’s sentencing scheme, when a defendant is found guilty of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, the likelihood of imprisonment is certain. Recently, in Palm Beach County, FL and on the Treasure Coast of Florida there has been a rash of these types of crimes. Recently, the appellate court ruled that a driver charged with the serious offense of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon ought to also have the jury instruction of “Reckless Driving.” Reckless driving in Florida is a Misdemeanor. Recently in Greenacres, Palm Beach County, FL a mother was… […]

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South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Florida Sees Cases of ID Theft and Tax Fraud

South Floridians Accused of ID Theft and Tax Fraud A Parkland man is among three South Floridians convicted in a $2.2 million identity theft tax refund fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said on Friday. A federal jury convicted Frantz Pierre, 33, and two others, Terry Pierre, 29, and Christmanie Bissainthe, 33, both of Miami, on 12 counts including conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to the government and aggravated identity theft. Pierre and the others used identities stolen from prisoners to seek $2.2 million of illegal refunds from the IRS which ultimately paid $1.9 million fraudulent claims, government attorneys said. Source IRS Steps to Combat Identity Theft and Protect Taxpayers The IRS is taking action to protect taxpayers from identity theft and helping victims of tax-related identity theft Over the past several years, the IRS… […]

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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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How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

How Petty Theft can Turn into Grand Theft

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How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

How Common is Counterfeit Money During the Holidays?

As Thanksgiving fast approaches, there is a holiday buzz in the air. Everyone is preparing to shop and spend greater amounts of money in the coming month than they do all year. South Florida store owners need to keep a sharp eye as counterfeit money is unfortunately extremely common in the area, and Secret Service is seeing a spike in the amount of counterfeit bills in circulation already. Counterfeit Money in South Florida According to WPTV News, South Florida is one of the top areas in the country for counterfeit money. Ron Remer with the Secret Service counterfeit division in Miami stated in an interview: “This week we’ve almost hit $85,000 in counterfeit currency, and we’re not even at Black Friday yet.” Counterfeiting money is a very serious type of… […]

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How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

How to Deal with a Grand Theft Felony Charge

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Why are AC Unit Thefts So Common?

Why are AC Unit Thefts So Common?

The price of copper is at its peak right now, which is causing a large spike in air conditioning thefts and burglary. South Florida is experiencing an immense amount of burglaries where criminals are specifically targeting homes, business, churches, schools, any building with access to an AC unit. Usually, the thieves that steal AC units for their copper are difficult to track down. The homeowner is usually victimized and forced to replace the expensive unit. An interesting case in Arkansas shows how a homeowner caught and tracked down an AC burglary in progress. AC Unit Theft Steven Lynn was sight seeing in the sky with his pilot friend. Suddenly, Lynn saw two men loading up air conditioners and other scrap metal items onto a trailer in front of his house.… […]

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How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

How Serious is Grand Theft of an Elderly Person?

Have you ever wondered what type of felony it is to steal from an elderly person? Because of their age, it is a very sensitive crime and depending on the amount, can be a first, second ,or third degree felony. According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, two women employed by the state have been caught taking advantage of an elderly woman and stealing from her while she was hospitalized for dementia. Grand Theft of an Elderly Person The women were adult protective investigators with the Florida Department of Children and Families. They were assigned to protect 85-year-old Jane Janssen and instead stole about $20,000 from her bank accounts. Palm Beach Police conducted an investigation and arrested the women, Mindi Marie Berry, 33, and her DCF supervisor, Greta… […]

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How Motorcyclist Fleeing from Traffic Ticket is Charged with Aggravated Assault

How Motorcyclist Fleeing from Traffic Ticket is Charged with Aggravated Assault

You can be charged with aggravated assault for several different reasons; it’s a broad umbrella of a charge when it comes to crime. Usually, aggravated assault is threatening or committing harm against another with the use of a deadly weapon. In today’s case, the deadly weapon was a motorcycle. An article in WPTV News describes how a man used a motorcycle to assault an officer. The article is as follows: BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the dragging of a deputy at least 60 feet, according to a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Victor Morales, 38, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest with violence. The deputy, assigned to the Aggressive Driving Unit, was… […]

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