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Category: Robbery


DEC. 6 2018
Retail Theft Attorney West Palm Beach | Looting Laws
Retail Theft Attorney West Palm Beach | Looting Laws

Looting is always a problem after a major natural disaster, and some people suddenly think that the normal laws regarding property and ownership stop applying and that anything that’s available can simply be taken.

 

Charges

 

According to Florida state law, the punishment for a crime classified as criminal mischief depends on the extent of the damage committed. If the total amount of damage is less than $200, the offender will be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. If the total amount of damage is …

OCT. 17 2018
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force

Many people who have not had pleasant interactions with the police wonder if they have had excessive force used against them. Here we will clarify the laws behind the use of excessive force.

 

What is Excessive Force?

 

Excessive force refers to situations where government officials legally entitled to use force exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially during an arrest, it’s also referred to …

SEP. 12 2018
Possession of a Firearm West Palm Beach | Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts
Possession of a Firearm West Palm Beach | Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts

There are plenty of rules and regulations surrounding the licensed concealed carry of firearms in Florida. Many people with a license forget some of the most important rules that can land you in jail if broken, however.

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When it comes to carrying a concealed weapon and interacting with law enforcement, there are several simple steps you can follow to avoid legal issues. The biggest one is being very open and clear with police that you have a legal firearm. By making your intentions clear you can avoid placing lives in danger. Keep your hands visible and do …

AUG. 11 2016
Burglary and Robbery: What’s the Difference?
Burglary and Robbery: What’s the Difference?
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We all know the classic image of a man in a black mask and striped shirt sneaking into a home at night with a big bag, ready to steal televisions and jewelry.

 

But what is he called again? A burglar? A robber? And what crime is he committing? Burglary? Robbery? What’s the difference?

 

Burglary and robbery are both property crimes, but slight differences in circumstance and confrontation make burglary and robbery separate crimes in Florida, with different classifications and sentences. Let’s figure out which is which by defining burglary and robbery under state law.

 

Understanding Burglary in …