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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2014 – The main goal in dealing with juvenile offenders is always rehabilitation. If the crime committed is too serious for juvenile court, an offender may be tried in adult court. “Every state has a juvenile offender age limit, but it is not the same age everywhere. For example, New York and North Carolina’s age limit is 15 and under, while other states consider anyone under the age of 18 who commits a crime to be a juvenile offender,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek. The juvenile justice system has broad […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4, 2014 – Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms, but owning a gun to commit a crime is another matter. If a firearm is used during the commission of a crime, penalties are increased and there may be no chance for parole. “According to the Constitution, owning a gun in the United States is a right enshrined in the Second Amendment. Most people know this as the right to “keep and bear arms.” But there are restrictions on this right — like requiring a permit to carry a concealed weapon,” explained Thomas […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – There are exceptions to police warrant requirements. In some cases, officers can search a person or his or her personal property without a warrant. “The most common exception allows a vehicle search with probable cause. The main question here is, what kind of facts may lead to probable cause for a search for legal possession of medical cannabis?” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “States that have legalized some forms of marijuana possession and/or use are trying to determine when the possession of cannabis triggers probable cause for […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – DUIs usually refer to driving while under the influence of alcohol. With marijuara being more commonly used for a variety of reasons, such as medically/recreationally, comes the debut of marijuana DUIs. “As marijuana is sometimes used for medical purposes, there is a huge gap among states as to what defines driving under the influence. Twenty-three states and The District of Columbia are currently struggling to find an answer to that question. Interestingly, an Arizona court may have provided the solution to the question –and not just for Arizona, but across the […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 3, 2014 – The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender proudly announces the reopening of its Chicago family law firm. Located at 70 West Madison Street in downtown Chicago, The Law Office of Michael Ian Bender concentrates in the complex issues pertaining to family law. The Honorable Michael Ian Bender, a former Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, reopened the firm with a mission to end child abuse. “I firmly believe that ‘there is no excuse for child abuse’ and I have built my firm upon this belief,” says Bender. “While […]


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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) 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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 4 , 2013 – The victim in this case was 14-years-old at the time of the alleged incident. The accused is being pressured into accepting a deal to keep her out of jail. “Florida’s Kaitlyn Hunt, now 19, says she does not feel that she did something wrong by having consensual sex with a 14-year-old. A person under the age of 16 is not legally able to give consent, and therein lies the issue,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Hunt was charged, after the underaged teen’s parents went to police, with […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 5 , 2013 – There are times when upholding the law may include apparently overly stringent applications of the law. That is the impression of one Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. “Polk County’s Bartow High School had a bit of excitement recently involving an explosion as the result of a female student mixing toilet bowl cleaner and aluminium foil in a plastic bottle. The bottle top flew off, the container smoked and then exploded. It was a small explosion,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense lawyer. The student, who decided to conduct a science […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 13 , 2013 – Not reading an individual their rights is not like what is depicted on television crime shows. “One of the most frequently asked questions I get in my criminal defense practice relates to the police not reading a person their rights, and does that mean their case will be dismissed,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “This is usually followed closely by the individual also asking didn’t the police have to read me my rights?” What many people do not realize is that Miranda rights only deal with statements […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2013 – In what could have been a scene from a movie, a Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy was caught buying fake Oxycodone pills. “While this may sound like an open and shut case,” indicated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney, “it likely isn’t, as things are rarely as they seem in circumstances like these. The deputy is considered innocent until proven guilty and deserves a solid criminal defense.” According to the arrest records, the deputy was charged with possession of synthetic narcotics, possessing a controlled substance without the benefit of a prescription, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2013 – Drug cases are not always open and such. There are many legal issues open to question. “Some people think that if they get arrested for a drug offense, such as trafficking in a controlled substance or possession of marijuana, that their goose is cooked. That is not the case,” stated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. There are numerous legal issues that exist to be explored when mounting a defense to crimes of this nature, and speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney will provide various options for moving forward. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2013 – Can a driver arrested for DUI who refuses to blow be proven guilty? “I get this question a lot when people contact me for my help with DUI charges,” indicated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “They want to know if they refused to submit to a breath test, how can anyone prove they are guilty. There is a common fallacy that if you don’t blow, the charge has to be dismissed, because a prosecutor can’t prove the driver was over 0.08. This is wrong.” Under the Florida DUI statue, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2013 – Young offenders seem to think a juvenile record is no big deal. This is not the case. “Many young offenders figure getting a juvenile record is not a big deal. It won’t affect them when they grow up and start looking for a job, or make any difference later in life should they be sentenced for something else and/or need to post bond. Wrong. A juvenile criminal record can drastically affect you in terms of sentencing or if you need to post bond,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2013 – Sex crimes are a whole different ball of wax, and extremely serious crimes. “If someone is charged with a sex crime and the charges involve a child, this is a very serious matter and you will need an experienced Lakeland criminal defense attorney at your side. The bad news begins with word of such a charge reaching others, including family, friends and co-workers. The instant reaction is bone deep rage and revulsion, despite the fact that the individual charged may be completely innocent. People forget that first and foremost, someone charged […]


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Fort Mill, SC (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2012 – The South and North Carolina personal injury and criminal defense firm Reeves, Aiken & Hightower LLP employed three law student interns over the 2012 summer. Divided between the firm’s offices, the three are: Jamie White, Emory Law rising third year, in the Fort Mill office; Brice Peper, Charleston Law rising third year, in the new Charleston office; and Jessica, Charlotte Law rising second year, in the Charlotte office. Fort Mill intern White received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, and, immediately after graduation, began his law school career at Emory. […]


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