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Do Parents who use Force to Discipline their Children in Florida Run the risk of committing a Crime?

Do Parents who use Force to Discipline their Children in Florida Run the risk of committing a Crime?

In Florida, corporal punishment of the child is legal, lawful and expected from the parent. Corporal punishment is what most people refer to as a spanking. The legislatures of Florida have laws on the books that allow “spanking” of the child, to discipline the child. The Bible specifically states: “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” So, the Florida Legislatures, along with God, have recognized that “spanking” of a child is not only recommended but required from the parent, to properly raise and rear the child. So, now that you understand the Law and the Privilege that exist in the Laws of Florida, to spank or use corporal punish on a child, you have to ask when a spanking becomes unlawful. Florida Law does not allow or prohibits a parent or… […]

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Domestic Violence Charges and Penalties. Know Your Rights

Domestic Violence Charges and Penalties. Know Your Rights

A simple argument between two spouses can very simply turn into a very dramatic and awful experience. It happens every day of the year in families across the United States and throughout, Florida. A husband and wife have a shouting match, and with tensions rising, things can quickly escalate to a physical fight. The physical fight ends with a 911 call and police at the door. In Palm Beach County, there is a must arrest policy, meaning that if the Police respond to a 911 call regarding domestic violence someone is going to jail. Domestic violence cases cover a broad range of violence ranging from verbal abuse to sexual homicide and often times are considered the most violent according to statistics.  In addition to facing criminal penalties, which are more… […]

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Battery Charges and Domestic Disputes

Battery Charges and Domestic Disputes

According to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office, Daniel Alan Spitz (former Anthrax guitarist) was arrested at his Lake Worth home after a 911 call. Spitz’s mother-in-law called 911 after an argument between Spitz and his wife turned violent. Wrapped hands around the neck, punching, tackling and scratching were all part of the fight and his wife’s account of it turned to out be accurate, as supported by photo of her injuries. Full story, source. Many states have enacted criminal law and family law statutes related to the prevention and prosecution of domestic violence incidents. In Florida, the state offers legal options through both the criminal and civil court systems. Domestic Violence Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person in an intimate relationship or marriage tries to… […]

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Abusive Behavior and Violence is a Deliberate Choice

Abusive Behavior and Violence is a Deliberate Choice

A dispute or a continued pattern of harmful behavior within a relationship can lead to domestic violence. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. Aid to Victims Of Domestic Abuse, Inc (AVDA) reports the following staggering figures on domestic violence abuse: ¨      One in three women nationally will report domestic violence in her lifetime. ¨      On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in this country every day. ¨      One in five teens reports having been hit, slapped, or pushed by a partner. While there may be a distinction between the terms domestic violence and domestic abuse, legal penalties carry the same charges. Domestic abuse, also known as spousal abuse, occurs when one person… […]

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Injunctions For Protection Against Domestic Violence

Injunctions For Protection Against Domestic Violence

Domestic violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.* If you are the victim of domestic violence or if you have reasonable cause to believe that you are in immediate danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence, you can apply for an injunction against domestic violence.** * Fla. Stat. § 741.28(2) ** Fla. Stat. § 741.30(1)(a) What types of injunctions for protection against domestic violence are there? In Florida, when you file a petition for protection against domestic violence, the court automatically will consider giving you two types of injunctions: a temporary injunction… […]

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Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Miami Dolphins Receiver Involved In Child Abuse Case

Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Mark Duper was released from jail Thursday, charged after police say he beat his 17-year-old son during a series of fights at their Jacksonville home. Duper, who starred for the Dolphins from 1982 to 1992, spent a night in jail after his arrest Wednesday on one count of felony child abuse. He was released Thursday afternoon after posting a $5,000 bail, police in Jacksonville said. Authorities say Duper attacked his son, Marcus, three times and knocked him out twice. Former Dolphins defensive end Hugh Green told The Associated Press by telephone that he witnessed the brawls. He said Marcus Duper started the fights, thinking he could “beat his father.” Green and his 18-year-old son had stopped to visit Duper and his son after attending a… […]

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Domestic Violence and Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

Domestic Violence and Aggravated Battery Charges in Florida

A suburban West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery and child abuse charges after he allegedly struck his children’s mother with a belt and power cord, according to police. Investigators then went to Andrews’ home, where they found the children’s mother with a bandage on her left ear. The woman, who was not identified, appeared afraid of police and would speak only to the DCF worker. The woman said Andrews beat her in the back with a belt and a power cord. The woman showed investigators the marks on her back. As investigators were questioning the woman, Andrews walked into the house with the children. The children stayed with their mother while police questioned Andrews, who admitted to pushing the woman during an argument and then admitted he struck… […]

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Assault And Battery in Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic violence has many different definitions. Florida Statute 741.28 defines domestic violence as “any assault, battery, sexual assault, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another who is or was residing in the same single dwelling unit”. (source) It is against the law to physically hurt another adult, no matter how the two people are related. Every survivor of domestic abuse has a right under Florida law to be protected. There are two kinds of courts that handle domestic violence: Criminal Court and Civil Court. Civil Court Civil Court hears non-criminal matters such as divorce, child custody and Injunctions for Protection (This court, for example, may order a parent to pay child support, or it may order that the children… […]

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The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

West Palm Beach man was arrested on Thursday, accused of beating his girlfriend with a “wooden 2×4.” Steve Devon Bedward, 27, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated battery. West Palm Beach Police officers were sent to the couple’s home in the 1000 block of Selkirk Street to reports of a domestic violence incident. When they arrived, they spoke with Bedward’s 43-year-old girlfriend, who had a “bloody lip and raised red marks on her right upper arm,” according to the arrest report. When confronted by police, Bedward said that their fight started when the couple’s roommate came “banging on the their door, asking where her pills were,” the report said. Because he didn’t want to talk to their roommate,… […]

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Department of Children and Families Case Worker Accused of Falsifying Documents

Department of Children and Families Case Worker Accused of Falsifying Documents

The Florida Department of Children and Families is the state agency charged with the responsibility of protecting abused and neglected children, elderly, and the disabled. We often hear stories about DCF investigations involving child abuse or neglect, and how these children are taken away from their homes for fear of their safety or even their lives. As a community, we put our trust and faith into this organization to protect children from perilous situations. Unfortunately, the Florida DCF is receiving some heat as a case worker has been accused of falsifying documents and not fulfilling her duties. DCF Under Investiagtion According to WPTV News, Maria Clacher, 49, a case manager working for a state DCF subcontractor was arrested Monday on a felony charge. She has been accused of falsifying records… […]

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