Lakeland criminal defense attorney | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

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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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2012 – A 40-year-old Marianna woman has been accused of stealing several thousand dollars. At the heart of the case is whether or not she had been given permission to make ATM withdrawals from her co-worker’s account. The accused woman says she was granted permission, but the victim said no such permission was ever given. It sounds like a classic case of “she said, she said,” but the truth of the matter has not yet been revealed. The victim said the many withdrawals left her without the funds to keep her lights on […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – Fortunately, the increase in traffic deaths in Palm and Broward counties is small, but it is not exactly clear what is causing them. The focus seems to be on distracted driving. One might have assumed immediately it was driving under the influence, but distracted driving can cause drivers to have the same or similar handicaps, such as delayed reactions and inattentiveness. In Florida, there are no laws against distracted driving, though there are in other states. Someone could be driving in Florida, not intoxicated, but texting, and still be within the […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – Current case law in Florida allows law enforcement officers to search a person’s cell phone incident to arrest, a situation that some say violates the Fourth Amendment. This June, a Florida appeals court ruled in State v. Glasco (Glasco) that a law enforcement officer can search the contents of a suspect’s cell phone after an arrest, with no search warrant necessary. The case follows a similar decision in Smallwood v. Florida (Smallwood), a 2011 case. The case law, while limited, makes a wide range of personal information available to law enforcement, […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2012 – On July 12, the Florida Supreme Court ruled on a state drug law that has been the subject of controversy. In a 5-2 ruling, the Court upheld the law, which requires that defendants prove they did not know they were carrying an controlled substance. The 2002 law shifts the burden of proof to defendants, unlike nearly every other state, where prosecutors are required to prove that the defendant knew the substance was illegal. “This opinion by the Florida Supreme Court violates a bedrock principle of the American criminal justice system,” said […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2012 – Many use the terms larceny and theft interchangeably. While that is acceptable, they are slightly different offenses. “A great number of individuals use the terms larceny and theft synonymously. Over time, the lines have blurred between the two crimes, but they are separate crimes. Larceny involves taking another’s property, not by fraud, and intending to keep it. Property in this instance is tangible or physical property,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. “There is one defining difference between the two crimes. Larceny is committed without violence.” Theft is […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 5, 2012 – White collar crimes are typically non-violent, and revolve around someone stealing property or money. “White collar crimes are perpetrated by the people you would least expect to be mixed up in criminal activities. They may be the banker, the friendly insurance agent or the hard-working real estate agent. Each one of these individuals have opportunities to commit white collar or financial crimes,” explained Thomas Grajek, a Polk County criminal defense attorney. White collar crime was originally defined as being perpetrated by a respected individual with higher social status, during the course […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2012 – In Florida the legal blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or greater is how police determine if a driver is intoxicated. A driver suspected of DUI or DWI may be subject to a field sobriety test conducted by a police officer. During a field sobriety test, a motorist may be subjected to a series of tests. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) is an involuntary twitching of the eye that occurs at sharp peripheal angles. It occurs at lesser angles when someone is intoxicated. The officer generally monitors that motion with […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – Getting convictions on sex crimes is a top priority for many prosecutors in Florida. With the growing publicity of sexual offenses, convictions are a surefire way to get popularity within the community. Unfortunately, with such an aggressive effort to get more convictions, many innocent and wrongfully accused people are charged with sex crimes. Unlike other offenses, crimes labeled as sexual offenses are not easy to conceal and can ruin the life of a wrongfully accused citizen. “There is too much at stake if you are accused of a sex crime,” said […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2012 – Florida drivers have reason to be concerned that some Florida Highway Patrol arrests may not lead to convictions after a memo leaked to a Ft. Myers television station pressing officers to make more arrests or face more tough overnight shifts. An investigation by Ft. Myers’ WINK News found that troopers who failed to make an arrest for driving under the influence during calendar year 2011 were told in a memo that they would be put on overnight shifts until they got one. “This is the kind of policy that will get […]


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Lakeland, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2012 – Lakeland criminal defense attorney Thomas C. Grajek launched a new website to better serve those accused of crimes in central Florida. The website at http://www.flcrimedefense.com/ is an easy-to-use reference guide for people who have been accused of a crime and need quick information about their rights. “Being charged with a criminal offense can be a frightening and confusing experience,” Grajek said. “Many people have questions about their rights and the criminal process and we want to make it easy for them to get answers.” To help with rapid response, the website […]


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