Criminal Law and Procedure

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The Risks of Using Criminal Statutes to Collect Construction Debts
Posted on 4 Sep 2015 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By John Lockard The failure to make payment on a construction contract may not only result in a claim for money damages in a civil lawsuit, but it may also result in a violation of a criminal statute. For example, Code of Virginia Section 43-13, [subscribers... Read More

Embezzlement: Limited Coverage for Employee Dishonesty
Posted on 7 Nov 2013 by Barry Zalma

Sadly, it is not unusual for an employee to embezzle funds from an employer. For that reason most businessowners policies provide limited coverage for losses incurred as a result of the dishonesty of an employee. The limits available are negotiable. Most... Read More

Is A Locked, Fenced-In Parking Lot A "Structure"? It is in New Jersey
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Peter J. Gallagher

By Peter J. Gallagher ( @pjsgallagher ) I was in law school during the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky drama. When the pundits seized on Bill Clinton's grand jury testimony about what the "meaning of 'is' is," I recall one of... Read More

Undue Influence: California Ups Penalty For Stealing From Seniors
Posted on 19 Aug 2013 by State Net

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 381, which amends the criminal code to provide that a person convicted of stealing property via elder abuse or other form of undue influence be liable for twice the value of the property... Read More

Orlando Attorney Charged With Stealing Personal Injury Settlement Money
Posted on 2 Jan 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Orlando Attorney Raymond (Ramon) Ismael Melendez of the Melendez Law Firm, P.A.has been arrested for allegedly stealing insurance settlement proceeds totaling nearly $80,000 from three personal injury clients. The charges allege that between February... Read More

Insurance Fraud “Chutzpah” – No Mercy for Insurance Criminal
Posted on 3 Dec 2013 by Barry Zalma

This case concerns the criminal conduct of the owner of an insurance business, formerly known as Associates Insurance Agency, Inc., owned and operated by the Defendant-Appellant, Tina Woods Butler , in Dyersburg, Tennessee. On February 13, 2012, the Dyer... Read More

Crime by Lawyer Does Not Pay: Lawyer Who Steals From Client Must Be Disbarred
Posted on 2 Sep 2014 by Barry Zalma

When a lawyer does a criminal act he or she puts the license to practice law in jeopardy. The public believes that such a criminal act is sufficient to jail the lawyer and cause the lawyer to lose his or her license. The fact is that the Supreme Courts... Read More

Smartphone Theft Legislation Passes California Senate
Posted on 24 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

SB 962 Requires All New Smartphones Sold in California to Come Pre-Equipped With Theft-Deterring Technology The California Senate has passed legislation that requires all smartphones sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological... Read More

Enforcing the Law? Ohio Police Chief Used Department Credit Cards and Petty Cash To Stock Florida Condo
Posted on 27 Oct 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

A former suburban Cleveland area top cop has been charged with defrauding his department out of at least $80,000 by making unauthorized purchases of clothing, tools and goods for his own personal use. A two-count criminal information was filed in federal... Read More

N.J. Court Upholds Criminal Indictment against Former Employee Who Took Confidential Documents
Posted on 10 Feb 2014 by Ballard Spahr LLP

By Louis L. Chodoff and Amy L. Bashore Recently, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court upheld a criminal indictment against a former employee of the North Bergen Board of Education (the Board), which stemmed from the alleged... Read More

Smartphone Theft Prevention Act Clears First Committee Vote
Posted on 10 Apr 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Legislation that requires all smartphones and tablets sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technology that will render stolen devices useless has passed its first committee vote in the California Senate. Senate Bill 962, [ enhanced... Read More