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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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Update: Fort Lauderdale Cops Surrender and Criminally Charged

Update: Fort Lauderdale Cops Surrender and Criminally Charged

It seems that we are hearing about cops committing crimes more often these days. It has been rumored that when police officers are charged with crimes, they suffer sentences that are much less severe than those of average citizens. This is evidenced by the fact that even when law enforcement officers are on leave after the crime surfaced, they are still paid. Fort Lauderdale Cops Criminally Charged Last week, WPTV News reported that at least two Fort Lauderdale police officers accused of stealing cash and drugs from pain clinic clients, kidnapping a man and lying about cases were expected to be criminally charged this week. Detectives Billy Koepke and Brian Dodge turned themselves in at the Broward Main Jail Thursday night. Koepke and Dodge, both members of the Street Crimes… […]

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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 A Woman Was Jailed Twice in One Day

Why A Woman Was Jailed Twice in One Day

Shoplifting is considered a petty crime and the consequences and bail are generally not very serious. One woman however, made headlines for being taken into custody twice in 10 hours for shoplifting and then a burglary later after she posted bail. Theft in Vero Beach According to WPTV News, Kathryn Ann Moody, 19, was charged at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday for retail theft at Walmart. She posted $500 and before the day was done, deputies took her into custody again for burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. An accomplice accused in the burglary, 22-year-old Kiley Yandle, was also taken into custody. Staff at Walmart said Moody selected a $90 area rug from a store display and received a refund for it, though she had never paid for it. She also stuffed a… […]

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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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What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

Happy 4th of July! Some people have not had such a good weekend so far. According to the Palm Beach Post, two men were carjacked and one was stuffed into the trunk late last night. Police are trying to figure out if this incident is part of the “bump and rob” trend that’s starting to become more commonplace in the West Palm Beach area lately. Grand Theft Auto According to the article, police are investigating an overnight carjacking that began in Palm Beach Gardens and ended in a crash near an ATM in West Palm Beach. Details are scant, but it appears that at 3:30 a.m. two men in a Hyundai Sonata in the area of Northlake Boulevard and Military Trail were approached by three men with guns, reports Palm… […]

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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 Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

How Police Officers can be Caught Breaking the Law

Even police officers need criminal defense lawyers once in a while. When a police officer is arrested and is faced with criminal charges, it can easily be seen in news headlines. Law enforcement officers are supposed to be a symbol of protection and justice for the people. When a law enforcement officer abuses his or her power and it results in a criminal charge, the irony of the situation makes people pay close attention. How Even Officers need Criminal Defense Lawyers A Lantana police officer has been arrested and accused of stealing money from people he pulls over for routine traffic stops. The issue is growing complicated because Lantana police officer Mark Ott has a tendency to pull over Hispanic males, searching them, and stealing money right from their wallets.… […]

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