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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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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 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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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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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) September 12 , 2013 – What began as a burglary call, ended as a weapons and drug bust. This was an unusual case that started out as a call to the police station for a possible burglary. Deputies were dispatched to a home in Sarasota County, arriving at approximately 3 a.m. On conducting a walk about the premises, they noted a side window was broken. On closer inspection of the window, deputies noted there were weapons and drugs lying about the home. They promptly left to obtain a search warrant for the residence, returning a […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 14 , 2013 – If this kind of bust can happen in Idaho, it can also happen in Florida. “Child pornography is, to most people, an abominable offense, worthy of locking someone up for years and throwing away the key. While that reaction is understandable, we should remember that just because someone was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography or transporting child pornography, that they may not have committed that specific crime, or just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 7 , 2013 – This unusual case points out quite graphically why those charged with a crime should never be automatically presumed to be guilty. “In every criminal case, there is always two sides to every story. Often the police draw conclusions about what that story may be, based on the evidence. Fact is that the evidence does not always tell the true story. This case is a clear example of that,” outlined Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. A 27-year-old man from Oviedo, Florida was cited with a felony hit-and-run, involving the […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 12 , 2013 – A 65-year-old Florida man was arrested for exposing himself in a Boca Raton bookstore. “This is a somewhat odd case, as the man’s behavior was certainly questionable. He was caught masturbating in the nearby presence of a 12-year-old girl and her mother while they were reading a book in the children’s section,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Lakeland criminal defense attorney. Witnesses say the child did not see the man fondling himself, and another customer stopped him and contacted store employees. Two male customers chased him down and handed him over […]


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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) 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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