About 10 years ago, it was easy for a person with a questionable financial history to secure a mortgage. Banks were happily handing out what they called NINJA loans. NINJA was a popular acronym for "No Income or Job, No Assets." In other words, the banks didn't verify any financial information on these mortgages, instead applying higher interest rates and variable rates to these kinds of loans.
Last month, Uber driver Robert Westlake was driving down a dark, empty roadway in Polk County. Suddenly, an aggressive driver in a pick-up truck appeared in his rearview mirror. The driver tailgated Westlake for a minute, then swerved in front of the Uber and slammed on his brakes—forcing Westlake to stop.
When you hear the word "grand theft," thoughts of an elaborate car theft or jewelry heist may spring to mind. However, in Florida, even taking low-value items can be considered grand theft--which is a felony offense with severe consequences.
Facing any kind of criminal charge is frightening. When the criminal offense is a violent one, the charges often carry significant consequences. That's why it's so important for anyone facing these kinds of charges to consider all of their legal options.