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Category: Shoplifting/Retail Theft


MAR. 20 2019
Retail Theft Attorney West Palm Beach | What You Need to Know About Retail Theft
Retail Theft Attorney West Palm Beach | What You Need to Know About Retail Theft

Did you forget to pay for an item when you left the store? Not everyone who leaves the store with an unpaid item does so deliberately. We are in an era where our attention span is short and we are constantly distracted by our phones and other things. If you’ve been accused of shoplifting or retail theft, consult a Retail Theft Attorney West Palm Beach. Here are some things you need to know about retail theft:

 

How Do I Know I Committed Retail Theft?

 

Retail theft is defined as unlawfully taking possession of an item that is …

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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 …

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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 …

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OCT. 13 2017
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges
How to Fight Back against Florida Shoplifting Charges
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Have you been charged with shoplifting in Florida?

 

Typically, people facing shoplifting charges fall into two categories. They either feel like the deck is stacked against them and there is no point in fighting back… or that it is not worth their time and effort because shoplifting is such a “minor” crime.

 

Don’t fall into these traps. There are a number of possible defenses that you may be able to use to battle your charges – even if it seems like a fairly open and shut case. And while shoplifting obviously isn’t as serious as something like murder, …

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MAR. 30 2017
How Serious Are Florida Shoplifting Penalties?
How Serious Are Florida Shoplifting Penalties?
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Most people have been tempted to shoplift at one time or another. Whether you really wanted an article of clothing or an item of food that you couldn’t afford, or you were being “dared” by friends when you were a teenager, retail theft is almost a rite of passage.

 

If you’re at a big chain like Walmart, you may even feel like you can justify the theft: what’s a few dollars missing from a billion-dollar retail giant? How serious could shoplifting a pair of shoes or a few groceries be?

 

When it comes to the economic impact …

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JULY  13 2016
The Family That Steals Together, Gets Charged Together
The Family That Steals Together, Gets Charged Together
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Some parents will send you to your room or take away your privileges if they catch you stealing. Other parents will drive the car as you make off with hundreds of dollars of stolen merchandise.

 

Patricia Kinchens, 35, took the latter route as she and her family attempted to steal items from a Walmart located near Leesburg. She was shopping with her two daughters, two sons, and her two sons’ girlfriends when the crew decided to walk out of the store without paying for their items. Their cart included a push lawnmower and a vehicle battery.

 

A …

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