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Can you be arrested for contracting without a license? - II

Last week, our blog began discussing how home improvement projects are always underway at any given time in any given neighborhood here in Orlando. We also discussed how those undertaking relatively complex or labor-intensive projects may want to proceed with caution, as they could be performing work that requires a contractor's license.   

Understanding more about the theft of trade secrets under state law

From scientific data, marketing information and customer lists to business codes, technical blueprints and recipes, there is a host of business information that could properly be classified as "trade secrets." Indeed, it's safe to say that businesses assign a great value to this information, so much so that many have their employers execute non-disclosure agreements in order to ensure that this information remains strictly confidential.

Understanding more about retail theft - II

Last time, our blog began examining what actions constitute shoplifting -- otherwise known as retail theft -- here in the state of Florida. To that end, we discussed how it must be proven by prosecutors that the accused 1) had the requisite intent of "depriving the merchant of possession, use, benefit, or full retail value," and 2) committed one of four very specific acts.

Understanding more about retail theft

When it comes to shoplifting, there is an unfortunate adage that it is somehow a "victimless crime." This couldn't be any more untrue, however, as there are essentially two victims: the merchant who is deprived of their valuable goods and the shoplifter who faces very real consequences for their actions.

Effective representation for minors facing theft charges

Now that kids across the state of Florida are on the verge of starting another school year, parents can finally breathe a sigh of relief. While some of this relief will certainly come from no longer having to make daily arrangements, the majority of it will come from the knowledge that their kids are in a safe place where they will better themselves and prepare for the road ahead.

What happens when stolen property is found at a pawnshop? -- II

Last week, we started discussing how the seemingly simple task of recovering stolen property from a pawnshop might not be quite as simple as most people think. That's largely because state law mandates that pawnbrokers must be afforded an opportunity for a hearing, meaning law enforcement officials are not legally permitted to simply confiscate the item on behalf of the purported owner.

What happens when stolen property is found at a pawnshop?

It's a scenario that's plays out throughout Orlando and across the state of Florida on a daily basis: A person is searching for a high-value item that was recently stolen from them -- computer, smartphone, etc. -- and discovers that it has been sold to a local pawnshop.

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