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Florida couple faces theft charges

  • 18
  • December

Theft crimes can range from minor criminal offenses such as shoplifting to serious offenses like grand theft and fraud. Taking someone else's property with the intent to deprive that person of the property is called theft. In Orland, Florida, it is a common knowledge that theft charges depend on the nature of the offense. Some theft offenses fall into misdemeanor category while others are felony offenses. People who are charged with theft need to determine the nature of their offenses so they can build a solid criminal defense.

In Keystone Heights, Florida, a 23-year-old woman and 24-year-old man are facing serious theft charges after they allegedly faked documents to claim a $1 million house. Based on a report, authorities received information about a man who presented forged documents to a real estate agent. The agent told authorities that the house was already sold to another couple. The young couple was charged with forgery and grand theft charges.

Child Porn sting Nets 16 Arrests in Central Florida

  • 15
  • December

Over a dozen people have been arrested and for child pornography in central Florida from a sting operation put on by the FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement).

FDL office Danny Banks who is the special agent in charge of the FDLE office in Orlando confirmed the investigation resulted in 12 search warrants, 16 arrests and currently one suspect remains at large.

"For the past month, cyber task force agents have increased vigilance and investigative activities, watching for criminals who target our community's children for pornography and online sexual activity," he said.

The charges ranged from possession and distribution of child pornography as well as probation violations and drug offenses.

Operation Cyber Claws

"Operation Cyber Claws," the name of the child sex sting operation included 15 jurisdictions and several local law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff's departments from Orange, Brevard, Osceola and Seminole counties. Banks said investigators checked on 39 previously-convicted offenders, some of whom were not obeying court-ordered restrictions.

According to special agent Banks the operation "was intended to make two statements."

"One, to the families and children in Central Florida, our message is: Happy holidays, your streets are a little bit safer today," he said. "The second message is to the people who prey on the innocence of children in our community. We are watching, we are aggressively looking and we are coming for you next."

Among those arrested were employees of Universal Orlando and Seminole State College, Banks said.

What are the consequences of commercial drunk driving?

  • 11
  • December

Drunk driving cases are common in Orlando, Florida. Drivers who have consumed a little or a lot of alcohol can be charged with drunk driving, if they get pulled over and the officer believes that the driver is intoxicated. A series of sobriety and blood-alcohol level tests may ensue to confirm police suspicions. Readers should understand that passenger vehicle drivers may face different penalties compared to commercial vehicle drivers of trucks or cars when it comes to drunk driving.

If a commercial vehicle driver refuses a breath test or is convicted of any drunk driving offense, the driver will be disqualified from operating a commercial vehicle for one year. Subsequent offenses can lead to permanent disqualification from operating a commercial vehicle.

How we defend people accused of drug crimes

  • 05
  • December

State and federal laws prohibit the production, distribution and use of various illegal substances such as cocaine, methamphetamines and heroin. Every day, Florida residents read or hear about people being charged with drug crimes. In fact, some of those charged have been wrongfully accused of crimes or are victims of circumstances over which they have little control. The only way for anyone accused of such a crime to fight the charges is by establishing a strong criminal defense that tackles evidence, procedures and prosecutors' arguments. Failure to do so can increase the chances of conviction.

Our law firm is well-versed in handling drug-related cases. We investigate to determine where the charges came from and whether the evidence is enough to convict the defendant. If authorities failed to follow proper procedures such as obtaining a search warrant before entering a defendant's home and seizing evidence, then any evidence confiscated in such a case can be deemed inadmissible by a court. We can also question how and where drugs were allegedly found and whether a proper search warrant was obtained. We can challenge any evidence that alleges that a defendant knew drugs were on the property where they were found or that someone else did not own them. We can also question police procedures, including whether the defendant's constitutional rights were violated during any interrogation.

Former science teacher arrested on sex crime charges

  • 28
  • November

Sex offenses by the nature of the crimes are usually sensitive cases. In Florida, specifically in Orlando, sex crimes often involve cases of rape, child pornography, child sexual abuse and prostitution. Each sex crime comes with unique penalties. Anyone who is facing sex charges must defend themselves against the damaging allegations to avoid serious repercussions, such as jail and inclusion on the list of sex offenders.

In northern Florida, a former science teacher was recently charged with one count of sexual performance with a child by a person of authority over a minor and three counts of sexual assault. Based on a report, the accused, a 28-year-old man, began exchanging photos with 16-year-old teenager but these photo swaps ended when the accused allegedly started a relationship with a 23-year-old woman. When that relationship ended several months later, the accused person allegedly again initiated contact the teenage girl on a social networking site. The accused person reportedly engaged in two separate sexual acts with the teenager at her house.

The Most Ridiculous Laws In America | Part 2

  • 21
  • November


The Most Ridiculous Laws In America | Part 1

  • 20
  • November

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Overview of the self-defense plea in a criminal assault charge

  • 19
  • November

Anyone can be accused of a criminal offense. Before a sentence is imposed, a person accused of a crime will often be subjected to a trial to determine if that person is guilty of the offense. The accused has the right to establish a strong criminal defense to contest the damaging allegations. Many types of criminal defense are possible; one of which is self-defense. People accused of criminal assault may be interested to learn more about the self-defense plea and how it can help fight a criminal assault charge.

Self-defense is often used in cases where an accused person used force which was deemed necessary by that person in order to defend oneself against attack from another person, who may have died as a result of the force. When using this type of defense, the defendant must prove in court that meeting force with force was necessary to protect oneself against harm. The defendant must also prove in court that the other person involved threatened the defendant which, in turn, caused the defendant to use force as a defense. The defendant must also prove that the other party inflicted harm and therefore the use of force against the other party was necessary.

Florida or Germany: Take the Quiz and See Where These Weird Crimes Were Committed

  • 18
  • November

There are few places in this world stranger than Florida or Germany. Take the quiz and see if you can tell where this strange arrest happened.

1. Drunken Man Found Asleep On Horse


Actual Photo

On October 31, 2013 an unidentified 26-year-old man discovered asleep and drunk in a stable on top of a horse.

Florida or Germany?


2. Man Arrested For Stealing Life Size Justin Bieber Cutout


On Aug 15, 2011 a man was arrested for trying to steal a life-size Justin Bieber cutout, police said.

After being arrested, when asked why he took the cut out the man replied "We were just having fun holding Justin Bieber hostage".

Florida or Germany?

3. Potato Salad Rage Leads to Woman's Arrest


On October 29, 2011 a 45 year old woman became so enraged by her father's inedible potato salad that she threatened to attack him with a large kitchen knife.

Florida or Germany?

4. Man With Mobile Office in His Car Arrested

ON Nov 16, 2012 police arrested a driver who had wired his Ford station wagon with an entire mobile office. Attached to a wooden frame on his passenger seat was a laptop on a docking station tilted for easy driver access, a printer, router, wireless internet stick, WLAN antenna, and an inverter to power it all. Florida or Germany?

Don't text and drive.

5. Man Arrested for Releasing Heart-Shaped Balloons in Romantic Gesture


Your powers combined equal prison time

In March of 2013 a 40 year old man, was arrested for releasing at least dozen heart-shaped helium filled balloons into the air as romantic gesture for his girlfriend.


6. Man Arrested at Airport for Carrying a Suitcase Full of Endangered Animals


"Snakes in a suitcase. I'll do it."

In May 20, 2014 authorities say they've arrested a 44-year-old Mexican man after finding his suitcase full of snakes, turtles and lizards, including endangered species.


1. Germany

2. Florida

3. Florida

4. Germany

5. Florida

6. Germany

Central Florida Woman Dismembered and Cooked Neighbor

  • 18
  • November


Central Florida resident, Angela Stoldt is facing some serious penalties after killing her neighbor James Scheaffer in April 2013. Recent court documents detail the murder committed by Stoldt where she confesses to stabbing both of Scheaffer's eyes with an ice pick, strangling him with a cord, and then dismembering his body so she could cook and burn off the evidence. Documents also show that Stoldt tried to hide the smell of rotting flesh from her kids by telling them she had a rat broiling in the oven.

Stoldt claims the altercation started when the two got into a dispute over money, but it was when Shaeffer attempted to attack her that she snapped. For three weeks after the incident, Stoldt continued to hide evidence, even calling upon her son to help dispose of a rotting "deer" that she hit. However, Stoldlt quickly lost control and ending up confessing to her parent's.

Stoldt is being held without bail at the Volusia County Branch Jail and faces charges for first degree murder, tampering with physical evidence and abuse of a dead body. 

angela-stoldt.jpegAngela Stoldt (Volusia County Branch Jail)

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