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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2014 – Online mugshots may suggest to viewers that the person is guilty. This is not necessarily the case. “Everyone who may be charged with a crime in the United States is innocent until proven guilty. There are a number of important statutes that uphold that right. Just because a person has been arrested and photographed and charged, does not automatically mean they are guilty. This is the reason for defense attorneys,” explains Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Defense attorneys represent the other side of the coin, because it could well […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2014 – In the state of Michigan, more serious charges apply to drivers alleged to be driving with unusually high blood alcohol content (BAC), says a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney, “Drivers whose blood alcohol content is alleged to be 0.08 or higher may still be charged with drunk driving, but when a driver’s blood alcohol content is measured at 0.17 or higher, then so-called “super-drunk” driving charges apply,” explains Shaun R. Marks, a Flint drunk driving attorney. One Troy police officer was recently charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2014 – Drivers accused of drunk driving causing death face very serious charges, explains a prominent Michigan drunk driving attorney. “When a death results from a car accident allegedly caused by a drunk driver, the driver is likely to be charged with a felony,” says Flint DUI defense attorney Shaun R. Marks. A 17-year-old student at Wyoming Park High School has been charged accordingly. He allegedly crashed a car while under the influence, resulting in the death of two of his classmates. He was charged with four drunk driving counts; two of the […]


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Orlando, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 24, 2014 – Mr. Anderson was involved with the robbery of a fast food restaurant a little over a decade ago in Missouri. He was convicted, appealed, and lost his appeal. However, because of a clerical error by the state, no one ever came to collect him since he was out on bond. In fact, his attorney didn’t even tell him to turn himself in, to just wait, that it was normal for it to take a week or two. First weeks went by, then those weeks turned into months, the months turned into […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2014 – Domestic violence is more common than most people think. It is the bad side of an intimate relationship gone wrong. “A relatively well known former major league baseball player, Wladimir Balentien, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment as a result of a dispute with his about to be ex-wife,” outlines Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the case. The couple had been married for approximately six years and the 29-year-old Balentien, who once played for the Cincinnati Reds and Seattle Mariners, […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2014 – Sex offenders enterting treatment at Missouri state facilities face few prospects for release. In 1999, the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services (SORTS) program was established to confine previously convicted individuals who were deemed very likely to reoffend. Since its inception, 200 individuals, including several elderly patients, have entered the program. At first, SORTS was restricted to the Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center in Farmington, Missouri, but with its growth — the program adds 20 patients every year — it has spread to space at the Fulton State Hospital. At […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2014 – Anonymous tips may or may not lead to a valid arrest. This stash house tip could have resulted in almost anyone being arrested. “Not all anonymous tips pan out and in this case, even though the police in Polk County did find drugs and several individuals on the premises, does not necessarily mean guilt by merely being present in the area, or on the front lawn,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in the defense of the accused in this case. According to the Sheriff’s office […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2014 – According to Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, those charged with drunk driving face higher penalties if they have prior convictions on their records. “Penalties increase substantially after the first drunk driving offense,” says Marks. “While a first offense for an ordinary OWI carries a maximum sentence of 93 days in jail, the maximum for a second offense is one year and a third offense can bring a felony charge with up to five years imprisonment.” That is what a Ypsilanti man is facing after police say his car entered […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – In Michigan, enhanced drunk driving penalties apply for convicted drivers with a high blood alcohol content (BAC), explains attorney Shaun R. Marks. “A drunk driving conviction with a BAC below 0.17, with no prior convictions in the past seven years, carries a maximum of 93 days in jail,” says Marks, who handles DUI cases. “However, a case with a BAC of 0.17 or higher brings a maximum of 180 days in jail.” Other penalties are enhanced for drunk driving convictions that involve unusually high blood alcohol content. A first offense with […]


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Albany, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – Following a three day evidentiary hearing, Senior District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy ordered the suppression of evidence seized from two cellular phones by Border Patrol agents. The unlawful seizure of phone data by Border Patrol agents occurred on December 10, 2012 in Champlain, New York, near the Canadian Border. Two women from Miami, Florida were charged with alien smuggling by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and awaiting a jury trial. During the three day hearing, Border Patrol agents testified that smart phones seized from […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2014 – Two Lakeland residents were arrested over the holiday season, one for misdemeanor domestic violence battery and one for felony tampering with a victim and misdemeanor domestic violence battery. “Both men face serious charges, but just because they were arrested, does not mean they are not entitled to a criminal defense. Each case, while different, revolves around the stated facts as provided by the complainants,” outlines Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney, who is not involved in either case. In one case, a Polk County firefighter was arguing with his estranged […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 5, 2014 – In Florida, there is a special category of robbery referred to as Robbery by Sudden Snatching. It is a serious criminal offense. “Robbery by Sudden Snatching happens when someone takes money, or other property, from a victim with the intention to deprive them of that property or money, permanently or temporarily, and during the course of events of that robbery, the alleged victim is aware or becomes aware of the robbery,” outlines Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek. The offense is outlined in Florida Criminal Statute 812.13. To break down the […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – A Michigan resident who has had a driver’s license suspended because of an alcohol-impaired driving offense may have an opportunity to have that license reinstated. “A person convicted of DUI or OWI may be able to get his or her license reinstated if an attorney argues the case at an administrative hearing held by the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division of the Michigan Department of State,” said Michigan criminal defense attorney Shaun R. Marks, who handles driver’s license reinstatement cases. “However, it is important to be represented by an attorney who […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2014 – Capital punishment spiked in Missouri during the last two months of 2013. Capital punishment is the ultimate price a criminal convict can pay. Use of the death penalty has been declining in the United States after rates peaked in 1999, when 98 executions took place within the year. But while the national numbers have gone down, the latest figures for Missouri are suddenly traveling in the opposite direction. In 2013, the United States matched a historic low for executions: 39. For the second time in 19 years, fewer than 40 […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 13 , 2014 – In this case a young teen was beaten and raped at a friend’s house, while the incident was captured on another teen’s cellphone. Three teens, two females and one male, have each been charged with two counts of sexual battery with the use of force and two counts of kidnapping. “The youngest juvenile charged is 15-years-old and the oldest is 19. The three younger teens, if convicted, face juvenile detention and most likely reasonable bail, as they cannot be given life sentences and Florida abolished parole,” explained Thomas Grajek, a […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 10 , 2014 – Federal auto safety officials are pushing for ignition interlocks for anyone, even first offenders, convicted of driving under the influence. Ignition interlocks prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver has been drinking. Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia use these devices, requirements vary. Currently only 20 states require ignition interlocks for anyone convicted of any drunk driving offense (including a first offense), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now pushing more states to follow suit. “Currently, in Michigan, only people convicted of driving with […]


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St. Peters, MO (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2014 – Missouri drivers ranked the seventh worst in the U.S. for safety, and traffic fatalities in the state have also increased. In Missouri and across the United States, the holiday season marks a prime time for automobile travel. However, this holiday season’s journeys come with a caveat: the Show Me State has earned the dubious distinction of seventh worst for driver safety. Missouri landed its unfavorable ranking (tied for the position with North Carolina) with poor scores in a series of metrics compiled by CarinsuranceComparison.com, an online resource for comparative insurance […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 6 , 2014 – Neighbors of Christopher Colangelo were dismayed to learn he had been charged with allegedly posting child porn. “Charlotte County is a relatively quiet place,” says Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. “Or it was until one man was charged with posting very graphic child pornography on the Internet. While the police may state they have enough evidence to prove the man, 52-year-old, Christopher Colangelo dabbled in child porn, they cannot be certain he was the person who posted the content online and kept it on a computer in the home […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11 , 2013 – There are two sides to every story. That may be so in this case involving a 19-year-old man. “This case unfolded when a 27-year-old Riviera Beach woman was heading home at 2:00 a.m. She was returning to her apartment when she passed an individual sitting on a front doorstep, smoking weed. He allegedly asked her if she smoked up. Since the woman did not know this individual, she supposedly replied she did not and kept walking,” indicated Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek. At this point, things became less clear […]


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