Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon
Jupiter police officer Kevin Jacko appears in Palm Beach County court Thursday morning, September 12, 2013, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident in which a man said he was beaten. Jacko, 43, is accused of beating Cody Ross Blankenship on June 6 after the Jupiter man’s arrest on charges including resisting arrest with violence, battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, and trespassing.
A judge today ordered a $5,000 bond for the Jupiter Police officer accused of excessively beating a 24-year-old Tequesta man in June.
Kevin Jacko, 43, must also surrender his weapons and not have contact with the victim in the case, Judge James Martz said today.
Jacko represented himself today as he did not qualify for a public defender.
“I’m not a threat to anybody your honor,” he said.
Florida Definitions for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery
To understand the definitions for aggravated assault and aggravated battery in Florida, you must first know the basics of simple assault and battery as defined by Fla. Stat. §§ 784.011 & 784.03. Under these laws, assault is an illegal and intentional threat through words or action to commit violence on another person, accompanied by the obvious ability to follow through, which causes reasonable fear of such violence in the victim. Battery is defined by these statutes as when an offender actually and intentionally strikes or touches the victim against the victim’s will, or when the offender intentionally causes bodily harm to a victim.
Aggravated assault is defined by Fla. Stat. § 784.021 as assault that is committed either with a deadly weapon but without the intent to kill, or with the intent to commit a felony. Battery has two aggravated offenses: felony battery and aggravated battery. According to Fla. Stat. § 784.041, felony battery is when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes a victim against the victim’s will and causes serious bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. Aggravated battery is defined by Fla. Stat. § 784.045 is when a person intentionally or knowingly causes serious bodily injury or permanent disability or disfigurement, or commits battery with a dangerous weapon.
It is also an offense of aggravated battery if the offender knew or should have known the victim was pregnant at the time of the offense. Aggravated assault, felony battery, and aggravated battery are all serious felony violent crimes that can have a massive, negative impact on your future if you are convicted. Additionally, certain circumstances in your case may upgrade your charge to a higher degree of felony. Working with an experienced violent crime attorney in West Palm Beach may be the difference between conviction for these serious crimes in Palm Beach County and achieving a more favorable outcome like reduced charges or a not guilty verdict.
West Palm Beach Aggravated Assault and Battery Defense Attorney
Assault and battery are serious enough violent crimes on their own, but when your charge is upgraded to aggravated assault or battery you are facing even more punitive sentencing and life consequences. If you have been arrested for aggravated assault or aggravated battery anywhere in Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Wellington, take a proactive approach to the first step in your violent crime defense by contacting Andrew D. Stine, P.A. immediately.
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