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Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Charged with Money Fraud Crimes

Felony fraud is a type of criminal act. Essentially, fraud is using deceptive actions to harm another party or to benefit personally. For example, a person who uses the postal service to illegally obtain money from another party may be guilty of fraud. Felony fraud is the most serious type of fraud; it often involves government agencies, large sums of money, or very valuable assets and carries higher penalties than more minor fraud offenses. Minor fraud cases may be referred to as misdemeanor offenses. One of the types of fraud that many people are familiar with is check fraud. For example, a person may commit check fraud if he passes off a bad check to a merchant, creates a fake check, or forges someone else’s signature on a check. Different… […]

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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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What to do After being Charged with Aggravated Battery

What to do After being Charged with Aggravated Battery

Aggravated Battery is a Felony Aggravated battery is the crime of intentionally causing harm to another person using a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon can be considered a firearm, a knife, or even a vehicle. In this case, the deadly weapons used were poles and sticks. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Aggravated Battery in Fort Pierce According to WPTV News, a Fort Pierce teenager is suffering in critical condition after witnesses said he was beaten with poles and sticks Thursday evening. Reports say the 16-year-old victim’s condition has improved since Friday but when authorities arrived on the scene, he was suffering from seizures after several blows that fractured his skull and caused bleeding in the brain. Authorities announced Sunday that three… […]

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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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How Drug Possession can Result in Child Neglect Charges

How Drug Possession can Result in Child Neglect Charges

More often than not, when a person is accused of committing a crime, there is usually more than one crime in question. Many crimes do not have very significant sentences but what usually lands people in prison for long periods of time is being convicted of multiple crimes at once. A Port St. Lucie woman learned that difficult lesson Sunday after being charged with both felony drug possession and felony child neglect. While unfortunate, it is common for drug use and child neglect go hand in hand. Many parents that are accused of child neglect or abuse often do so because of other extraneous issues such as drug or alcohol dependency. Drug Possession and Child Neglect in South Florida According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a woman… […]

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Is Carjacking a Felony?

Is Carjacking a Felony?

Carjacking is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Recent carjacking numbers have increased along with the new “bump and rob” type of robbery. Carjacking is a first degree felony and is defined as the forcible or violent taking of a motor vehicle from the owner with the intent of either permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of the said motor vehicle. While it is serious, it is unfortunately very common in South Florida. Carjacking in Riviera Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach city police officer said he was forced to shoot at an armed man. Robert Robinson, 19, is accused of fleeing on foot, evading police vehicles, and carjacking. The scene actually started out as a routine traffic stop but ended as an… […]

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Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Being charged with a DUI will change your life. Whether it is a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI, the conviction will appear on your criminal record and will reflect badly on your character when you apply for a job, try to rent or buy a place to live, or in just about anything where a background check may be involved. If you speak with a criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to work to get the conviction expunged from your criminal record. Is a DUI a Felony or Misdemeanor? A DUI misdemeanor conviction is when any person driving under the influence causes property damage or personal injury to another. It is then considered a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $1000 fine. A… […]

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Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

A West Palm Beach woman was arrested Monday after shooting her husband multiple times with a BB gun at a friends home. She called the police herself after an argument with her husband following the shooting. Spousal Aggravated Assault According to the Palm Beach Post, Darlene M. Garcia, 37 was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly shooting her husband in the face and body with a CO2 BB gun and stealing his clothes. She was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and resisting an officer. Around 7 a.m. Monday, while her husband was at a friend’s house, Garcia entered the home and opened fire on her husband, according to the post. Her husband returned home and he and Garcia began arguing. She then called the police to their… […]

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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 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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