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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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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) September 4 , 2013 – The accused in this case allegedly masqueraded as a woman online to arrange for intimate relations with a 15-year-old boy. “This case is not quite as unusual as it may sound,” commented Lakeland criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Grajek “More and more these days numerous individuals are using the Internet to make connections for legal and illegal activities. In this case, a 25-year-old man was charged with three counts of lascivious battery, also referred to as lewd battery, for luring a 15-year-old boy into having a sexual liaison.” The man charged, […]


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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) 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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2013 – There are some circumstances under which a person may lawfully deny they have been arrested. “If you have been arrested for something and it may affect your job, or you don’t want your employer to find out you have been arrested, talk to me about sealing your record. Otherwise called ‘expunging,’ this action completely erases any criminal history you may have. It removes your jailhouse photo from any law enforcement website and wipes out your arrest information in any police computer system,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Having […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2013 – A habitual driver’s license (HTO) suspension may be reversed. Speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer. “If you’re about to have your driver’s license suspended, contact my office right away, before you attend traffic court. There are ways to avoid losing your license for five years and I can help you with that process. Or, if you are under a Florida HTO suspension, I can tell you if you qualify to get your full license back or assist you in getting a hardship driver’s license,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2013 – Theft is on the rise. That includes shoplifting, employee theft, intentional administrative errors and organized retail crime. “One of the more disturbing set of statistics in the news lately is based on a national study done by the University of Florida that shows U.S. retailers estimate they lost roughly $35.3 billion in 2011. The statistics are eye-opening, in that it appears the highest percentage of theft was due to employees, standing at 44.2 percent, with 28.5 percent being chalked up to shoplifting and organized retail crime, and some 12.1 percent lost […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2013 – Drinking and driving in Florida has many consequences. “People in Florida may not understand that under the law here, DUI is one offense that covers driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances or controlled substances. This offense is proven by the level of impairment of the driver’s faculties at the time they are stopped,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. “For a deeper understanding of the law, a good reference page to visit is here.” The first conviction for Florida DUI is a fine of not less […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 14, 2012 – Sobriety checkpoints exist to check for a wide variety of offenses. “Sobriety checkpoints are not just about catching drunk drivers. They are also designed to check drivers for drug-impaired driving, not to mention equipment violations, proper registration, proper insurance coverage, and whether they have a valid driver’s license,” said Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense lawyer. Consider a recent sobriety checkpoint operation held in a neighboring county, in which County Sheriffs halted at least 200 vehicles, and in the process, arrested and charged one individual for not having a valid […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2012 – Violating probation in Florida usually means going back to jail. “Probation violations in Florida may mean completely rescinding probation,” said Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. “And that applies to violating the generic probation rules, and other stipulations that may specifically apply to each individual’s case.” Probation is typically awarded based on a number of factors, which may include the severity of the crime committed and the exact nature of the offense, plus the offender’s existing record, if applicable. If an offender has been granted probation, or if an […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2012 – A man recently led Sarasota police on two separate car chases, including one through a school playground. He is also alleged to have battered two people that same day. “Criminals frequently display erratic and dangerous behavior when cornered by police,” Polk County criminal defense lawyer Thomas Grajek commented. “They can feel like they have nothing left to lose.” At about 3:30 on a recent Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies tried to pull over a gray Chevrolet Malibu for exceeding the speed limit. The driver fled at high speed, and drove across the […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2012 – The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a stay of execution granted by a federal appeals court to John Errol Ferguson, aged 64. Ferguson is on Florida’s death row for eight killings near Miami in the late 1970s. His lawyers argue that he is mentally ill and should not be executed. “In cases like this, people might feel like justice is being delayed,” Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek said in a statement, “but it is important that every defendant’s rights be protected.” The stay of execution came just hours before […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2012 – A relatively new form of criminal justice is taking hold in the United States. Approximately 40 “community courts” around the country are handling mostly low-level crimes in a way that shows a more humane, pragmatic approach to the problem of meting out justice for marginal transgressions. “These community courts are a welcome reform to the criminal justice process” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Low-level offenders should be helped and encouraged to clean up their act without being thrown in jail.” Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice say […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2012 – Tattoos have seen a rapid rise in popularity in recent years. Some ink enthusiasts choose designs and placements that are commonplace, while others may choose one-of-a-kind tattoos in unusual locations on the body. The more distinctive the tattoo, the more it serves to identify an individual — a fact that has not escaped law enforcement officers. “Criminal suspects need to be aware that any distinguishing physical characteristics, including tattoos, may be used to build a case against them,” said Polk County criminal defense attorney Thomas Grajek. “Unfortunately, cases of false identification […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 8, 2012 – Police in Melbourne, Florida arrested four men suspected of attempting to break into parked cars in the area. The men were spotted allegedly pulling door handles on the cars at a parking lot near an apartment complex. An area resident near the Harbor City Country Club Estates called police at 3 a.m. Police arrived in time to spot the alleged perpetrators who took off by car. Wickham Road police officers came into visual contact with the suspects, as the suspects abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot. The Brevard County Sheriff’s […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2012 – A forty-year-old South Florida man, a former South Beach club owner, was cleared of a DUI charge on Monday, though he still faces a reckless driving charge. His attorney has stated that the dismissal of the DUI charge was a huge victory. Standard police vehicle and arrest videotape, which showed the accused going through the standard inebriation testing procedure with police when he was arrested, was instrumental in getting the man’s charge dropped. In the video, the man is shown removing his socks and emptying his pockets before being patted down […]


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