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Polk County Criminal Defense Blog

Reasons a drug arrest goes awry

Whether your drug-related arrest was on account of overzealous law enforcement, cops who previously targeted you and hoped to set an example, or deputies who subscribe to an “arrest-quota” mentality, you understand that your life is in an upheaval. The arrest merely...

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Is catfishing a crime?

We’ve all likely seen the MTV show Catfish in which the hosts hunt down a potential fake profile to expose someone pretending to be another online. While most don’t get to meet a catfish in person, the concept is all too familiar. While catfishing may begin with a...

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3 degrees of grand theft

A person commits theft when he or she knowingly acquires or uses the property of someone else to benefit from it. Theft involves crimes such as shoplifting, burglary and robbery.  In Florida, penalties for theft include probation, prison time and fines. The court...

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Types of computer crimes in Florida

As computer crimes become increasingly common in Florida, several counties have expanded efforts to detect and prosecute these offenses. For example, federal funds now support a cyber-crime reporting hotline in Seminole, Osceola and Orange counties.  Before facing a...

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When shoplifting becomes a felony offense

Even if you regularly follow federal, state and local laws, you may eventually need to take something from a merchant without paying for it. That is, due to a variety of circumstances, you may decide to shoplift. If so, you must realize that shoplifting is not always...

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What is felony theft in Florida?

Florida has a reputation for stiff theft punishments. According to state law, theft becomes a felony when the value of the stolen items exceeds $300. The only state with a lower felony threshold ($200) is New Jersey; the average for most states is $1,000. Learn more...

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