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Why Child Abuse and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

Why Child Abuse and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

When a parent is charged with child abuse, there are usually several factors involved in the crime. All too often, alcohol or drug abuse is the common denominator. Child abuse is an extremely serious crime but parents may not even realize they are putting their children in harms way because their judgment is so impaired by the substances they choose to take. One man in Michigan is being charged with felony child abuse for letting his daughter be his designated driver. His daughter is nine years old. Child Abuse and Alcohol According to WPTV News, a Michigan father is facing felony child abuse charges after police say he had his nine-year-old daughter drive his van while he was allegedly intoxicated in the passenger seat. Surveillance video from a gas stations… […]

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What Happens After I’m Arrested on Battery Charges?

What Happens After I’m Arrested on Battery Charges?

In simple terms, battery is basically the touching or striking of another against his or her will. This crime can be punished as a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison. Be cautious however because the crime can be upgraded to a felony depending on the severity of the injuries inflicted or whether or not there was a weapon involved. Battery as a Result of an Argument Using an argument as justification for battery charges is no excuse, a man in Texas is learning exactly how battery charges work after he was charged with battery for hitting his estranged wife and pulling her hair over her lack of a response to his Facebook status update. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports that 36-year-old Benito Apolinar of Pecos, Texas,… […]

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How Drug Possession can Result in Child Neglect Charges

How Drug Possession can Result in Child Neglect Charges

More often than not, when a person is accused of committing a crime, there is usually more than one crime in question. Many crimes do not have very significant sentences but what usually lands people in prison for long periods of time is being convicted of multiple crimes at once. A Port St. Lucie woman learned that difficult lesson Sunday after being charged with both felony drug possession and felony child neglect. While unfortunate, it is common for drug use and child neglect go hand in hand. Many parents that are accused of child neglect or abuse often do so because of other extraneous issues such as drug or alcohol dependency. Drug Possession and Child Neglect in South Florida According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a woman… […]

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Can Too Much Tylenol PM Lead to Child Neglect Charges?

Can Too Much Tylenol PM Lead to Child Neglect Charges?

According to state child protective service agencies, more than 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year. More often than not, child abuse and neglect is not reported to the system because the victims’ suffering goes unreported. Abuse and neglect can happen in any home and often can happen without the parents realizing it. According to the Department of Children & Families, child abuse is considered any actions that result in imminent risk of serious harm, death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation of a child under 18 years old by a parent or guardian. Child Neglect in West Palm Beach A family in West Palm Beach is now dealing with the Department of Children & Families after the parents and grandmother were… […]

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What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

Crimes committed against children are a heinous but unfortunately realistic part of our society. A lot of times, when a parent is arrested on child abuse charges, it is not the first time that parent has been investigated by the Department of Children and Families. Investigations are usually conducted after a teacher, neighbor, or family member reports suspicion to the authorities. Child Abuse in the Name of Discipline According to the following article from the Palm Beach Post, a mother was arrested for biting her son: LAKELAND, FLA. — A Lakeland mother has been arrested for child abuse after family members said she bit her son. Police investigated 26-year-old Ann Marie Kane after Department of Children and Families officials reported three adult-sized bite marks on her son. According to an arrest… […]

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What to do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Battery

What to do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Battery

Domestic battery is an unfortunate but common occurrence. It often goes unreported to authorities because the victims fear retaliation. The victims also try to convince themselves that it is not a consistent pattern and the perpetrator will change. This mentality can lead to worse crimes. The article below discusses how a woman’s friends helped step in to prevent anything else happening from this domestic battery case. Domestic Battery in Greenacres According to an article in WPTV News, a 47-year-old Greenacres man was arrested early Monday and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. Police say he strangled his former sister-in-law but it is still unclear who’s story is correct. Pedro Almanza-Flores was released after his first court appearance Tuesday morning with the order that he be under supervision, have no contact… […]

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Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

A West Palm Beach woman was arrested Monday after shooting her husband multiple times with a BB gun at a friends home. She called the police herself after an argument with her husband following the shooting. Spousal Aggravated Assault According to the Palm Beach Post, Darlene M. Garcia, 37 was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly shooting her husband in the face and body with a CO2 BB gun and stealing his clothes. She was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and resisting an officer. Around 7 a.m. Monday, while her husband was at a friend’s house, Garcia entered the home and opened fire on her husband, according to the post. Her husband returned home and he and Garcia began arguing. She then called the police to their… […]

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What can I do if I’m Facing Child Neglect Charges?

What can I do if I’m Facing Child Neglect Charges?

An 18-month-old’s future is in the hands of the law now after his father was arrested Saturday on child neglect charges. The case was so severe that an emergency hearing has been scheduled for today to determine who will receive custody of the child. It is highly unlikely that the father will be able to have the child in his care ever again. The following is an article from WPTV News Channel 5: ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A neighbor called authorities after spotting an 18-month-old boy picking up beer cans and drinking out of them outside his Orlando home. Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested the child’s father Saturday night and an emergency hearing is scheduled for Monday morning at the Juvenile Justice Center in Orlando to determine who will take… […]

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How Can I Avoid Multiple Criminal Charges?

How Can I Avoid Multiple Criminal Charges?

Criminal charges can’t be separated by categories because one criminal charge often results in residual charges. A great common example would be when a residence is busted for being a marijuana grow house and then the owner is also charged with weapons possession after weapons are found in the residence. Multiple criminal charges can often result in a very complicated sentence. Multiple Criminal Charges in Lantana According to a WPTV News article, Lantana police say they responded to a report of a robbery at the Shell gas station on the 1300 block of Hypoluxo Road, where the caller said he was trying to stop a “combative” man from leaving, after stealing items from the store. Police officers arrived and had a difficult time restraining Patrick Toole, 34. Toole is charged with… […]

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How Even Your Faith Can’t Help You Keep Your Kids if You are Convicted of Child Neglect

How Even Your Faith Can’t Help You Keep Your Kids if You are Convicted of Child Neglect

According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach couple was arrested Wednesday night for child neglect, after allegedly telling police that they live life in God and don’t need to work despite not having any money to feed their toddler. Claire Justin, 28, and Neil Vilain, 41, are being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond on charges of child neglect. This morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras ordered they have no contact with their 3-year-old child, who was placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother by the state Department of Children and Families, police said. When the officer spoke with Justin and Vilain, they said they believe that “the way most people live is evil,” according to the… […]

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