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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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 4 , 2013 – Jacksonville police arrested a 70-year-old Florida woman after she approached an undercover detective to kill her daughter-in-law. “This case is decidedly unusual for several reasons. The woman allegedly paid an upfront deposit of $500, with the balance due on the death of the discussed target, handed over the woman’s address and picture, met with the supposed ‘hitman’ for a second time, advanced him another $1,000 and indicated the man could rob the intended victim of her expensive jewellery,” outlined Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek, who is not involved in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14 , 2013 – Street justice rarely has a good ending. This case is no exception. “In this reported case, two people chased a 17-year-old boy, whom they mistook for a burglar, down an alley in Palm Beach. The young man was allegedly threatened with a metal baseball bat, nearly run over with a vehicle, and was told his wallet and keys would be confiscated,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. As things turned out, the 17-year-old was innocent, but the two chasing and threatening him did not know that at the […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 7 , 2013 – Just about a half million dollars was seized in a synthetic cannabis factory in Dunnellon. “Dunnellon is a quiet little place, complete with a doughnut shop on SW Highway 484. At least people thought it was a doughnut shop, until they witnessed what they felt were odd activities at the location. One individual was certain she saw K2, not the usual pastries,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Local law enforcement took an interest after one neighbor alerted them to the possibility that the doughnut shop was now […]


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Waxahachie, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 18, 2013 – According to Waxahachie personal injury lawyer John Hale, the latest alleged drunk driving accidents in Texas underscore the issue faced by the state when it comes to inebriated driving. “Drunk driving incidents happen far too often in the Houston area, as well as across the country,” said Hale. “Unfortunately what we are seeing may indicate that the issue is not so much a lack of public education about the dangers of drinking and driving, as much as it is an issue of how people perceive their own level of inebriation when […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 11 , 2013 – The accused in this case faces multiple child pornography charges. “Twenty-three year old Altamonte resident, Jordan Wagner, was arrested not less than three times in as many weeks by agents from the Florida Cyber Crimes Task Force. While the charges are numerous, the ones that are considered to be the most serious are transmitting harmful material to a minor, travelling to meet a minor for sexual activity and lewd and lascivious molestation,” indicated Lakeland criminal defense attorney, Thomas Grajek. The series of charges were racked up between July and August […]


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