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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2014 – Home confinement, often referred to as house arrest, became a fixture in the justice system in 1983 with the advent of the electronic monitoring bracelet. “Most prisons today are crowded to overflowing. More and more courts are offering home confinement to keep the prison available to hold the more serious offenders,” said Thomas C. Grajek, a Lakeland County criminal defense attorney. House arrest is more palatable for many and permits offenders to go to designated rehabilitation programs, remain in the family unit, keep working or seek work. There are a number […]


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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 10, 2014 – Even if someone is arrested but not charged with or is ultimately acquitted of a crime, the accused’s DNA remains on file. In 28 states, no warrant is required to take DNA samples from individuals arrested for certain serious crimes or for some misdemeanors. The law has been challenged by civil rights groups who claim it violates the Fourth Amendment, which addresses unreasonable search and seizure. As such, they allege that the law is unconstitutional. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a ruling stating that the police may, as […]


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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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St. Peters, MO, (Law Firm Newswire) November 12, 2014 – Missouri criminal defense attorney Charlie James of the James Law Group is urging all those facing criminal charges — even minor ones — to fully understand the future consequences of a conviction before agreeing to a plea. “Most people do not realize that our government allows the consequences of a conviction, even a misdemeanor conviction, to last for years and decades,” said James. “What starts out as simple probation or a fine can turn into a long road of frustration because of regulations and exclusionary laws.” After conviction of a […]


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Flint, MI (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – Flint attorney Shaun R. Marks completed the National College for DUI Defense Summer Session at Harvard University Law School. “The completion of the summer session on DUI defense at Harvard Law School adds another level of knowledge and ability to my successful practice,” said Marks, a Flint attorney who defends people accused of drunk driving. “I am committed to providing superior representation to people — who are often wrongfully accused of drunk driving — and I welcomed this opportunity to develop my skills further.” The National College for DUI Defense is […]


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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) July 4, 2014 – There are a variety of criminal defenses that may be used in court. Each depends on the circumstances of the case. “There are a number of defenses that may be used to excuse criminal behavior, which varies from state to state. However, the basic concept remains the same in every state. The thing to remember is that rather than a defense being an excuse, it is a valid defense for a person who is, by law, innocent until proven guilty. There have been numerous cases in the U.S. where a defendant […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2014 – Deciding what constitutes a reasonable expectation of privacy revolves around two questions. “The ability of the police to search automobiles is not absolute. However, if a court finds that evidence presented in court was taken during an unlawful search, the prosecution is barred from using it,” explains criminal defense attorney, Thomas C. Grajek. A search happens when representatives of the government, such as police officers, invade an area where an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. There are two questions involved in the determination of this expectation. Did the individual […]


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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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2014 – There are those that feel if a person continually ends up on the wrong side of the law, that they should be thrown in jail and left there. It’s not that cut and dried. “A recent case, that I am not involved in, caught my attention because the man involved is considered to be a habitual offender in a number of states and has a criminal record featuring several felony convictions for things such as theft, burglary and drugs, assault, resisting arrest and robbery, and a rape case. His arrest record, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2014 – Being arrested for a crime may impact on the ability to get a job. “While you may have been arrested for committing a crime, it does not mean you committed that crime. However, if it generates an arrest record, this may affect your ability to get a job and ruin your reputation with your workers, friends and neighbors. There are options open to you to deal with this record, expungement or sealing. I can explain both and which may best suit your circumstances,” says Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. […]


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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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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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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) 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) 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 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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