Category: Felony Charges

By Scott Limmer

An attorneys blog about criminal law and procedure, college discipline, Title IX and cases of Interest

“Dine-and-Dash” Diner Evades Felony Charges

Paul Guadalupe Gonzales, who is now known as the serial “dine-and-dash dater”, is a 45-year-old resident of Pasadena who dated frequently but for very short intervals, according to Southern California prosecutors. Between May 2016 and April 2018, they say, Gonzales scheduled first dates at restaurants throughout the region with 10 women he had met on […]

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Young Teen Charged with Felony for Taping Talk with Principal

Paul Boron was a 13-year-old middle school student in Manteno, Illinois on February 16 this year when he was summoned to the principal’s office to discuss some detention sessions he’d skipped. The partially blind student apparently thought he might need to be able to show what was said during the conversation with both the school’s […]

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Grand Juries

Although many cases involve a grand jury, they are far less publicized and less well known than their trial jury counterparts.  As a result, grand juries and their proceedings are commonly misunderstood.  Most people only encounter grand juries if they must serve on one or if they are a witness who will testify before one.  […]

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Glazed Doughnut Leads to Florida Man’s Arrest on Drug Charges

From time to time, you may have treated yourself to a delicious Krispy Kreme glazed doughnut – but after you hear of a Orlando man’s experience last year with police in that city, you may want to rethink that indulgence, at least when you’re visiting that Florida vacation spot. Shortly after driving away from a […]

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You Can Be Guilty of Vehicular Homicide Even If Not Driving

Driving While Intoxicated There’s no doubt 28-year-old part-time student James Ryan was driving drunk on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) in the pre-dawn hours of October 18, 2012. He was coming back from an evening of drinking in Manhattan, and his blood-alcohol test registered over 0.13%, well above New York’s 0.08% DUI threshold. His Camry […]

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Supreme Court’s New Case May Define Impact of Johnson Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court last June, in its decision in Johnson v. United States, struck down as too vague a key provision of the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), which imposed additional high mandatory minimum sentences — ranging from 15 years to life — for persons who had previously been convicted for three or more […]

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DOJ Stops Sharing Federal Asset Seizures with State, Local Police

Shortly before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was suspending a program which allows state and local law enforcement agencies to claim part of the assets seized in federal law enforcement cases. Known as DOJ’s “equitable sharing” program, the somewhat controversial practice lets state and local law enforcers stake a claim under […]

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Federal Commission Revises Penalties for Fraud, Economic Crimes

The United States Sentencing Commission has recently sent Congress proposed changes to penalties for several classes of federal crimes, including major changes in recommended penalties for crimes of fraud and theft, and economic crimes, including antitrust or securities violations. One of Washington’s lesser-known agencies, the United States Sentencing Commission is part of the judicial branch. […]

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Does a Polite Note to the Teller Mean You’re Not Robbing the Bank?

A Very Polite Robbery On the afternoon of May 6, when 23-year-old unemployed aspiring rap star Dominyk Antonio Alfonseca found himself in Virginia Beach, Virginia and running short of cash, he knew just what to do. After locating what he thought was the most impressive-looking bank in the area, a Towne Bank branch fronted by […]

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New York Senator Sponsors Federal Marijuana Law Reform

Three Senators Offer Chamber’s First Broad Marijuana Reform Bill An unusual group of three Senators — lead sponsor Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and potential presidential hopeful Rand Paul (R-KY) — with a March 10 joint press conference announced introduction of a far-reaching marijuana law reform bill, the first of its kind offered in […]

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