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How to Dismiss Domestic Violence Charges

How to Dismiss Domestic Violence Charges

It is important to know your rights when faced with domestic violence charges. With a criminal defense lawyer on your side, you will have a better understanding of the process and potential ramifications of these charges. What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one or both partners in a familial or intimate relationship. There are several types of domestic violence including: Physical aggression (hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, restraining, throwing objects) Threats of physical aggression Sexual abuse (forcing of undesired sexual behavior) Emotional abuse (subjecting a person to behavior that is psychologically harmful) Intimidation (intention to instill intense fear of injury or harm in another) Stalking (incessant unwanted attention by an individual) Neglect (failing to provide adequate care for a dependent) What happens… […]

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Dolphins Player Arrested for Aggravated Battery

Dolphins Player Arrested for Aggravated Battery

According to the Sun-Sentinel, authorities arrested Miami Dolphins backup defensive end Phillip Blaine Merling, 25, on Wednesday. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery on a victim he should have known was pregnant. Merling is accused of hitting his wife in the head and face, her lip was bleeding as a result. Judge John Hurley has ordered Merling to stay away from his wife, who is two months pregnant with their second child. Merling, a second-round draft pick in 2008, is beginning his third pro season after his career at Clemson. Including his arrest, four Dolphins have been arrested since early February. Merling is out on a $15,000 bond. Aggravated Battery Law According to the 2009 Florida Statutes, in order for a person to be charged with battery,… […]

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Domestic Violence in Palm Beach County

Florida law defines domestic violence as any assault (threat or attempt to do bodily harm), battery (intentional, unlawful touching or striking) sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking (repeated, willful and malicious pattern of harassing, or following), kidnapping, or false imprisonment 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. Domestic violence is a serious problem and it is getting worse every year. It is a common cause of injury. Victims may suffer physical injuries like bruises or broken bones – or worse. They may also suffer emotionally from depression, anxiety and social isolation. It is hard to know exactly how many domestic violence incidents there are in Palm Beach County because… […]

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