Theft Cases

State of Florida v. C.W.

Homeowner sees juvenile steal his bicycle from his garage, case DROPPED

Our client, C.W., was arrested for burglary to a dwelling in Jacksonville at the age of sixteen.  The victim, the homeowner, found our client in his garage taking his bicycle from inside.  Our client rode the bicycle away from the house as the homeowner chased him.  The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office eventually caught our client and he was positively identified by the victim.  In Florida, entering an attached garage can be considered burglary to the whole home and punishable as a felony.  Our Jacksonville Juvenile Attorney presented mitigating information about our client to the prosecutor assigned to the case and the charge was DISMISSED.
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State of Florida v. R.T.

Video with eyewitness identification, charge DISMISSED

Our client, R.T., was arrested for Burglary to a Dwelling in Duval County, which is a second degree felony in Florida.  Jacksonville police responded to a burglary call and met with the victim.  He told police his house had been burglarized four times recently and he had added security cameras to the exterior of his home.  That day, he came home and discovered a window had been tampered with.  The victim went to his surveillance monitor and discovered that had been tampered with also.  When he reviewed the video, he said he recognized the suspect breaking into his house.  He identified our client and told police he had met our client before.  Police pulled a picture of our client off of the internet and the victim positively identified him as the person who broke into his home.  Our Jacksonville Burglary Attorney attached the identification of our client and the charge was DROPPED.

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State of Florida v. D.Y.

Fingerprint at the burglary scene, case DROPPED

Our client, D.Y., was arrested for a burglary to a structure in Duval County.  Jacksonville police received a complaint that an unknown suspect forced open a side window and then unlawfully entered a house that was under construction.  Once inside the house, the suspect removed the gas cooktop that had been previously installed by an electric company.  The crime scene was processed for latent prints on the hood cover and identified a print to our client.  The owner of the home builder told police our client never worked for the company and had no right to be in the home.  A Jacksonville arrest warrant was then issued for our client and he was arrested.  Our Jacksonville burglary attorney contacted the assistant state attorney assigned to the case and she intended on filing the charge.  We then quickly presented her with information about how our client's print may have been left at the scene.  The charge was subsequently DISMISSED.
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State of Florida v. C.R.

Warrant outstanding for Unemployment Compensation Fraud, case DROPPED and warrant RECALLED

Our client, C.R., found out he had a warrant for Unemployment Compensation Fraud in Jacksonville.  This theft crime is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison.  Our client no longer lived in Duval County and called our Jacksonville law firm to help him resolve this outstanding issue.  Our Jacksonville Theft Attorney presented information to the supervising prosecutor on the case, including the payment of all restitution.  The felony warrant was recalled and the charge was dismissed.

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State of Florida v. D.L.

Client endorsed two checks for over $139,000 that were forged, charges DISMISSED

Our client D.L., was arrested in Duval County on two counts of Uttering a Forged Document.  Police were contacted by a bank's Director of Fraud Prevention reporting that our client attempted to deposit two counterfeit checks for just over $66,000 each.  D.L. opened an account at this particular bank and the two checks were mailed directly to the bank.  Our client went to the bank and endorsed them.  He was then arrested for two third degree felonies.  Our Jacksonville Uttering Attorney met with the Assistant State Attorney assigned to the case and explained why our client endorsed the checks.  He was under the mistaken belief that these checks were legitimate and was preyed upon by scammers.  Both of these Jacksonville uttering charges were DROPPED and our client returned home to his family.
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State of Florida v. J.B.

Client arrested on Grand Theft charge while a Petit Theft charge is pending, sentenced to probation with no jail time

Our client J.B., had a pending misdemeanor petit theft case in Jacksonville.  While that case was pending, he was arrested for a separate charge of Grand Theft.  Grand Theft in Jacksonville is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  Our Jacksonville Theft Attorney was able to get the felony theft charge reduced to a misdemeanor.  J.B. was sentenced to probation to perform community service hours and pay restitution.  J. B was not sentenced to any jail time.
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State of Florida v. O.K.

Found in car in front of the house with stolen goods in trunk, Armed Burglary charge dismissed

Our client, O.K., was arrested for Armed Burglary to a Dwelling in Duval County.  This is a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison in Florida.  Police were dispatched to a burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, police saw a car parked in front of the house being burglarized.  The driver of the car was detained.  Our client, a 19 year-old young man, was in the passenger seat of the car.  All three young men gave different stories about why they were there.  Items stolen from the house were found in the trunk of the vehicle.  Police searched the driver's house and found more stolen merchandise, including a gun.  Our Jacksonville Burglary Attorney investigated the case further and the charge was DROPPED.
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State of Florida v. S.G.

Victim identifies our client, says 100% sure, Burglary charge dropped

Our client, S.G., was arrested in Jacksonville on a Burglary to a Dwelling charge.  In Duval County, a Burglary to a Dwelling is a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  Police responded to a residential burglary in progress.  The suspect pried the front door open to gain entry and once inside, stole a camera.  Before he left, the suspect kicked the rear bedroom door open where the victim was awakened.  The victim observed a skinny white male wearing a grey hoodie and black hat.  The suspect ran out of the room, but the claimed to have seen the suspect's face.  Four days later, police were conducting a follow-up interview of the victim in her driveway.  She sees our client walking down the street in a hoodie and tells police that is the man who broke into her house.  She was asked by police three times if she was 100% sure, and the victim said "yes" all three times.  Our client was arrested and interviewed.  Our Jacksonville Burglary Attorney presented additional evidence to the prosecutor on the case, including our client's alibi.  The Duval County Burglary charge was DISMISSED.
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State of Florida v. M.W.

Theft and dealing in stolen property, facing 35 years in prison, diversion program

Our client, M.W., was arrested in Jacksonville for Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and False Verification to a Pawn Broker.  Combined, our client was facing 35 years in prison.  Police were dispatched to a theft of a ring.  When JSO checked the pawn shop records, that particular ring was pawned on the same day it went missing.  The victim was moving and hired a moving company.  Our client worked for the moving company and was the one who pawned the missing ring.  When questioned by police, M.W. admitted to pawning the ring and told police he picked it up from the back of the moving truck.  The ring was worth a significant amount of money.  Our Jacksonville Theft Attorney presented mitigating information to the prosecutor on the case and the Duval County Theft case was sent to a diversion program.  Once M.W. completes all conditions of the program, all charges will be DROPPED.
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State of Florida v. S.S.

Theft of almost $100,000 with DNA, case DROPPED

Our client, S.S., was arrested in St. Johns County for Grand Theft of over $20,000.  This is a Florida felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  There was a break-in at a business and many items of jewelry were stolen.  Police processed the crime scene and found no evidence left by the perpetrator.  Two days later, the owner of the business called police and said that he found dried blood in one of the jewelry cases.  The blood was processed for DNA and it was determined that it was S.S.'s blood.  Our St. Johns County Theft Attorney attacked the evidence in the state's case and revealed several inconsistencies.  This St. Johns County Grand Theft case was DISMISSED.

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State of Florida v. R.R.

Accused of not paying over $100,000 in sales tax, NO CONVICTION

Our client, R.R., was arrested in Jacksonville for a charge of Failure to Remit Sales Tax.  This Duval County "theft" charge is a first degree felony in Florida and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.  Our client is a local business owner and his company was being run, day-to-day, by another person.  That person was the one actually in charge of sending sales tax to the government, but R.R. was the one who was arrested.  Our Jacksonville Theft Crime Attorney presented further information to the prosecutor as well as expert reports.  R.R. was not convicted of any charge and served no jail time.
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State of Florida v. L.W.

Four Clay County felony theft charges DISMISSED

Our client, L.W., was arrested in Clay County on charges of Burglary to a Structure, Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property and Criminal Mischief.  Our client and his friend gained entry to a building by forcibly pulling the doors open.  Once inside, the men allegedly removed many items.  The total value of the items was over $2000.00.  A pawn check was conducted by police that led them to our client.  Once interviewed, our client admitted to being involved in the burglary.  Our Clay County Burglary Attorney investigated the case further and presented information to the Clay County state attorney.  These Clay County Theft charges were all DROPPED.
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State of Florida v. R.P.

Grand Theft felony charge sent to diversion program, charges to be DROPPED

Our client, R.P., was arrested in Clay County for the felony charge of Grand Theft.  R.P. worked at a local retail store.  The store's loss prevention officer began noticing cash shortages on the registers our client was working.  The officer's suspicions were verified by closed circuit television in the store and by cash receipt totals from the register that R.P. was responsible for.  The officer interviewed our client and he admitted to stealing approximately $1200.00.  Additionally, our client admitted to stealing cash from another location of the store.  R.P. provided a sworn written statement admitting to the Clay County felony theft charge.  The Clay County Sheriff's Office was called and our client also admitted to them that he committed the theft.  Our Clay County Theft Attorney was able to present information to the state attorney and convinced the prosecutor to place R.P. into a diversion program.  Once he completes all of the conditions of the program, the Clay Theft Charge will be DISMISSED.

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State of Florida v. C.R.

Duval County client facing 36 years in prison, NO CONVICTIONS

Our client, C.R., was arrested in Jacksonville on several felony charges, Burglary to a Conveyance, Dealing in Stolen Property, Escape and Criminal Mischief.  After a victim's car was broken into, our client put the missing items (drills, radar detector, etc.) on craigslist two days after the burglary.  The property that was stolen was found in her home.  C.R. admitted that she entered the vehicle while her and another person stole the items.  Once our client was in the burglary interview room at the Jacksonville police station, she attempted to escape from custody.  If convicted of all of these Jacksonville felonies, our client would be exposed to thirty six years in prison.  Our Jacksonville Burglary Attorney investigated the case further and our client was NOT CONVICTED of any felony crime.

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State of Florida v. J.M.

Jacksonville Grand Theft Auto charge DROPPED

Our client, J.M., was arrested for Grand Theft Auto in Jacksonville, Florida.  Grand Theft is a third degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison.  The alleged victim told police he was selling his car on craigslist.  Our client called and was interested in the car.  The alleged victim picked up J.M. and they went for a test drive.  While our client was driving the car, the two men stopped at a gas station.  The alleged victim advised that when he went inside to pay for the gas, our client drove off with the car.  Our client was arrested while driving that car.  Our Jacksonville Grand Theft Attorneys investigated the car further and revealed that a title with our client's name on it was located inside the car.  The Duval County Grand Theft Auto charge was DISMISSED.

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State of Florida v. T.T.

Armed Burglary charge DISMISSED

Our client, T.T., was arrested in Jacksonville for Armed Burglary, a first degree felony.  Police were dispatched to a possible burglary of a home.  Neighbors told police they saw a suspicious car arrive at a home while the homeowner was at work.  Once there, the male passenger went around the house.  Witnesses told police they saw our client driving the car and standing at the trunk of the car while the male went inside the house.  T.T. eventually left the scene, passing the arriving police car.  Once stopped, our client told police she did not know the male was robbing the home.  Our Jacksonville Burglary Attorney was able to get the case DISMISSED.

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State of Florida v. E.T.

Eyewitnesses identify our client as burglar, charge DROPPED

Our client, E.T., was arrested in Jacksonville for Burglary to a Dwelling, a second degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.  A burglary was reported to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and they responded to the scene.  Moments prior to the burglary, witnesses observed our client driving around the block 7 times in what was later determined to be his mother's truck.  The eyewitnesses were the tenants of the home.  They claim our client entered the fenced area of their home and tore up the air conditioning unit.  When the witnesses attempted to make contact with E.T., he fled the fenced area and fled the scene.  The tenants identified our client from a photo as the one who entered their fenced area.  Our Jacksonville Burglary Attorney provided the state attorney with background information and was able to get the charge DISMISSED completely.

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State of Florida v. J.M.

Juvenile arrested for grand theft, accepted into diversion program

J.M., a juvenile, was arrested in Jacksonville for Grand Theft.  Police were called out to the United States Navy Exchange in reference to a theft complaint.  Once at the scene, the officer talked to the loss prevention officer who told police our client was observed having items with him when he entered the dressing room and exited without the items being visible.  The items were a knife, headphones and three video games.  As J.M. was exiting the store, the staff apprehended him.  Our client admitted to having the items on his person.  He allegedly told police he thought he could get away with it.  Our Jacksonville Juvenile Attorney gave the prosecutor the whole story about our client and his case was referred to a youth diversion program.  Once the program is complete, this felony charge will be DROPPED.

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State of Florida v. T.J.

Alibi gets armed burglary charge dropped despite police ID of suspect

Jacksonville police investigated our client after an officer says he saw him getting into a white van during a burglary to a home. The officer ordered the person to stop, but he backed out of the driveway and almost plowed into the officer. The license plate on the van was traced to a rental company and our client had signed as the renter. When the officer looked at our client’s driver’s license picture, he identified him as the man he saw getting into the van. Police found the van ditched about a half-mile away and also spotted a jewelry box and a loaded revolver. Our client was arrested for armed burglary (1st degree felony) and resisting an officer without violence (1st degree misdemeanor). He was facing up to 30 years in prison. Our client told police he loaned the van to a friend. The team at our Jacksonville criminal law firm dug into the case and gave prosecutors an alibi for our client. Our Jacksonville criminal attorney got the charges dropped, even though a Jacksonville police officer said he positively identified our client as the suspect.




State of Florida v. T.S.

Police said trucks stolen, but charges dropped

Jacksonville police said our client was driving a stolen Ford F-150 truck and had another stolen vehicle. He faced 5 years in prison on a charge of grand theft auto (3rd degree felony). Our Jacksonville criminal attorney worked to get the charge dropped.




State of Florida v. E.K.

Charges dropped after man accused of charging $1,700 of personal gas to company card

Police in Jacksonville arrested our client for allegedly charging $1,700 of personal gas to his company MasterCard. He was charged with grand theft (3rd degree felony) and was looking at up to 5 years in prison. The grand theft attorney in our Jacksonville criminal law firm was able to get his charge dropped.




State of Florida v. R.S.

Employee accused of theft, charges dropped

Our Jacksonville client was charged with grand theft (3rd degree felony) after his employer said he stole $900. He was facing up to five years in prison, but our Jacksonville criminal law firm got the charge dropped.




State of Florida v. J.B.

Jury finds man not guilty in purse snatching case

Ms. Mussallem took a case to trial when our client was accused of stealing a purse off a woman’s arm and running away. When police spotted him, they chased him a half-mile before finally running him down. The detective said our client confessed and the detective also said the same under oath in trial, where our client faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The state also presented three witnesses at trial who said they saw our client grab the purse. Ms. Mussallem discredited the state’s witnesses. A jury of his peers found our client not guilty of robbery by sudden snatching (2nd degree felony) and resisting an officer without violence (1st degree misdemeanor).




State of Florida v. R.M.

Charges dismissed despite using dead person’s Social Security Number on loan application

Jacksonville police got a warrant to arrest our client for allegedly using a fake social security number at a credit union when applying for a loan. The number on the form belonged to someone who died in the early 1970s. Our client was arrested for fraudulent use of personal information (3rd degree felony) and could have faced 5 years in prison. Our Jacksonville fraud attorney dug into the case and was able to get the charges dismissed.




State of Florida v. T.C.

Woman accused of stealing purse and possessing drugs, charges dropped

Jacksonville police investigated our client after she was seen with another woman’s purse on her shoulder – a purse the alleged victim said went missing at a local nightclub. The alleged victim said she saw the purse and, when she got it back, her cash, cell phone, debit card and Florida driver’s license were all missing. When police talked to our client, she had the alleged victim’s debit card and license in her pocket, telling officers she planned to buy drinks with the card. Officers searched our client and found the victim’s phone and five Xanax pills our client admitted were hers, even though she did not have a prescription. She faced 10 years in prison on charges of grand theft and possession of a controlled substance (both 3rd degree felonies). Our Jacksonville theft attorney worked to get both charges dropped.




State of Florida v. M.P. and F.P.

Two placed in program to get theft charges dropped

Two of our Jacksonville clients were caught on store video walking out of a business with merchandise they did not pay for. Both were charged with petit/retail theft (a misdemeanor). Our Jacksonville criminal defenses attorney spoke with the State Attorney’s Office to get both clients placed in a program and, once they finish, all charges will be dropped.




State of Florida v. J.V and E.W.

Attorneys get grand theft charges dismissed with trial looming

Two of our clients were set to go to trial after Jacksonville police said they stole $2,700 from a business. One of the clients, a female, was in charge of making the weekend deposits for her employer. The business learned a $2,730 deposit was not made and confronted our client. She said her fiancé put it in the bank’s night drop box. But the bank manager told police she sifted through the weekend’s paperwork and could not find it. Both clients were exposed to five years in prison on charges of grand theft (3rd degree felony). With a trial on the calendar, our Jacksonville criminal lawyer continued to press forward and all charges were dismissed before the trial.




State of Florida v. J.R.

Woman admits theft from Dillard’s, but charges dropped

Our client was caught on a Dillard’s security camera putting several items in her purse while out in the store and inside a fitting room. She was approached just outside the store at the St. Johns Town Center, where a loss prevention officer found $351.60 worth of goods. “I can’t explain why I did this,” she told police. “it was very stupid.” It led to a grand theft charge (3rd degree felony) and up to 5 years in prison. Our Jacksonville theft attorneys took a closer look at the case and our client’s personal life. Through negotiations with prosecutors, our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer landed her a place in a diversionary program. Once she finished the program, the charge was dismissed.




State of Florida v. J.O.

Man steals road trip items, but has chance for dismissal

Loss prevention employees at a Jacksonville Wal-Mart said they saw our client try to hide items after he’d already bought other things from the store. He tried to walk out with a car battery, sunscreen and a can of air freshener under the goods he paid for. He also had two maps in his pocket. He was charged but petit theft (a misdemeanor) and our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer helped secure him a spot in a diversion program. He will do community service and take a class. Once he does, the charge will be dismissed.




State of Florida v. J.G.

Program complete, legging theft charge dropped

Employees of a Jacksonville Dillard’s confronted our client after she took a pair of leggings into a dressing room, took the price tag off and put the leggings on under her pants. Her actions were caught on a video that was given to police. Our Jacksonville theft lawyer had her placed in a diversion program, which she completed, allowing the charge to be dropped.




State of Florida v. D.R.

Theft charges dismissed after client finishes diversion program

Our client was stopped outside a Jacksonville Wal-Mart after he was accused of putting a video game card in his pocket and walking out without paying for it. He was taken to the back of the store, where police read him his rights. Officers said our client confessed to trying to steal the item and he was charged with petit theft (a misdemeanor). Our Jacksonville theft attorney took the case and helped get him into a diversion program. He successfully completed the program and the charge has been dismissed.




State of Florida v. A.A.

Charges may still be dropped for woman being “stupid,” putting items in her purse

Our Jacksonville client was seen in a local department store stuffing items into her purse. She passed several registers on her way out the door. Once she was confronted, she told police was being stupid and stole the items. She was charged with petit theft (a misdemeanor). Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorney helped get her into a diversion program and, when she’s done, the charges will be dropped.




State of Florida v. B.D.

Accused of stealing one car and breaking into two more, man walks out of jail

Jacksonville police arrested our client after he was accused of breaking into two cars and stealing a third. A palm print on the gear shift of a stolen vehicle was traced back to our client. While police were searching for him, they realized he had been arrested that same night by other officers for burglarizing a car. Police again found our client’s fingerprints in the other car. Our Jacksonville criminal law firm investigated, the charges were dismissed and our client was released from jail.




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