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Somerville, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2017 – The Privacy Firm is proud to announce a victory by managing attorney Joseph A. Bahgat, after a seven-month battle with the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, which wrongfully seized his client’s Glock 9mm handgun because of a false domestic violence complaint. The complaint was dismissed in March, but the state filed a petition seeking forfeiture of the handgun, based on the ex-girlfriend’s allegations that the owner was “bipolar,” and “takes medication.” The prosecutor maintained throughout the entire case that the mental health diagnosis, alone, was sufficient evidence that returning the handgun was […]


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Fort Worth, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2017 – A federal district court recently sentenced a 23-year-old member of an alleged computer hacking ring to probation. The defendant, Ricky Miller, was charged with conspiring to hack into EA Sports and Microsoft computer servers and mining nearly $16 million worth of virtual coins for sale on the black market. The case, United States v. Ricky Miller, charged a conspiracy to commit computer fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. sections 371 and 1030. The court granted Mr. Miller’s attorney’s plea for a sentence of probation, despite the magnitude of alleged losses. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2017 – Police arrested 10 Miami-Dade County residents who were allegedly part of a mail theft ring that pocketed thousands of dollars. They are accused of orchestrating a “fishing” scam that involved stealing checks and credit cards. The suspects were charged with grand theft, identity theft violations and organized scheme to defraud. A conviction could mean up to 15 years in prison. The arrests were part of a yearlong investigation dubbed “Operation Hook, Line and Sinker.” The U.S. Postal Inspection Service collaborated with the Miami Dade Police Department, Coral Springs Police Department and […]


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Corpus Christi, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 22, 2017 – Alex R. Hernandez Jr. tried a felony case to jury verdict and received a not guilty verdict on behalf of a Port Lavaca Police Officer who was accused of animal cruelty. The trial was held in Victoria County, Texas in the District Courts. The local newspaper had reported the original charges when the police officer had been indicted. After the indictment he was placed on administrative leave then subsequently terminated from the Port Lavaca Police Department. https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2016/jun/17/police-officer-charged-with-animal-cruelty/ The not guilty verdict is a win for the police officer who felt […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) January 06, 2016 – The law firm of Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, has launched a brand new website to better display the experience and knowledge base of the firm. The partners emphasize expert and caring representation. Rawls, Scheer, Foster & Mingo, attorneys at law, are pleased to announce the launch of the firm’s new website. With a history in the Charlotte area, North Carolina, and nationally, the practice has more than thirty years of experience, providing representation in the practice areas of wrongful death, personal injury, criminal defense, civil litigation, whistleblower and ABC Law. […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2015 – At the Folsom Street Fair on September 27th, 2015 KinkBNB LLC is publicly launching a campaign to decriminalize sex work and support currently legal sex workers. Coming on the heels of an extremely successful launch in May, the multinational company decided to clarify its position on sex work and to incorporate support for legal sex work into the website’s future offerings. Starting in November, improvements to the website enhance the experience for guests and hosts by making it more customizable. At the host’s option, listings will be available for hourly […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2015 – Among the many factors that go into determining a convicted offender’s sentence is mental capacity. A defendant’s mental incapacity, once proven, may result in delayed sentencing until the individual is deemed better or may result in a reduced sentence under U.S. Sentencing Guidelines. Judges decide each case on its merits, as no two cases are ever the same. Diminished capacity is not applicable as a defense if the defendant’s mental incapacity was the result of voluntary ingestion of drugs or alcohol. State laws tend to vary on this issue. Also it […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2015 – T.V. crime shows have made many familiar with the part of the Miranda warning stating that if the offender cannot afford an attorney, the court may appoint one for them. The U.S. constitution guarantees the right of an accused to speak to an attorney. Public defenders came into being in the United States in 1963, as a result of a decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainwright. It stated the Sixth Amendment mandates that the government provide free legal counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2015 – Committing a crime against the justice system is an act involving a disruption of the operating of the system itself – a system that protects the rights of all Americans. For those that watch reality court TV or police shows, the terms defying a court order or being held in contempt of court are fairly familiar. In some instances, authorities do not consider these offenses to be criminal, but if they are, they may be punishable by jail time and the imposition of fines. Most are not aware that being in […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2015 – Victimization via computer is a growing problem for law enforcement. It is not easy to track cybercrimes, and the more sophisticated cybercriminals become, the harder it is to keep up with the latest in technology to catch them. “More often than not, cybercrimes have been perpetrated against children,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland, Fla. criminal defense attorney. “However, over the course of the last few years, crimes against older teens and young adults have also been on the rise. Consider the case of the male nurse who counseled at least two […]


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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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2014 – This interesting case is the first of its kind involving Bitcoin virtual currency. “Recently two Florida men were arrested in Miami-Dade for using Bitcoin virtual currency in an alleged money laundering scheme. The charges for this case, which I am not involved in, are allegedly engaging in an unlicensed money servicing business and money laundering. Thirty-year-old Abner Espinoza and 28-year-old Pascal Reid remain in custodial care,” indicated Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. The unusual aspect of this case involves the use of Bitcoins, adding a new twist to the […]


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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) 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) 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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