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Category Archives: Violent Crimes

Aggravated Battery in the Game of Golf

According to the Palm Beach Post, a relaxing day of golf turned violent when a man became agitated and attacked his two partners with a putter. According to the police report, Michael Rich, of Royal Palm Beach, is in jail facing two counts of aggravated battery. Rich allegedly hit Roy Hall on the back of his leg with a golf putter and then swinging the broken golf club like a sword, struck Anthony Nazzaro, 72 years old, on the wrist. In Florida, Aggravated Battery is defined as a simple battery, which is touching another person against their will or without their consent, and when committing the simple battery the person intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, and permanent disfigurement to the victim or uses a deadly weapon,… […]

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Aggressive Driving can Lead to Aggravated Battery Charge

Aggressive Driving can Lead to Aggravated Battery Charge

The driver of a vehicle in Florida can be criminally charged and convicted of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon if the reckless driver purposely crashes the vehicle into another occupied vehicle or into a pedestrian. Because of Florida’s sentencing scheme, when a defendant is found guilty of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, the likelihood of imprisonment is certain. Recently, in Palm Beach County, FL and on the Treasure Coast of Florida there has been a rash of these types of crimes. Recently, the appellate court ruled that a driver charged with the serious offense of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon ought to also have the jury instruction of “Reckless Driving.” Reckless driving in Florida is a Misdemeanor. Recently in Greenacres, Palm Beach County, FL a mother was… […]

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Aggravated Battery On a Law Enforcement Officer

Aggravated Battery On a Law Enforcement Officer

Deandre Newton of Boynton Beach is facing multiple charges including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.  According to Boynton Beach Police Department arrest report, Mr. Newton is accused of leading police officers on a chase, crashing into police patrol car and fighting with officers. “After hitting the officer’s patrol car, Newton hit the gas and drove south onto the Interstate, swerving through traffic and speeding with several officers in pursuit”, the report stated. The Camry exited at Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach and Newton jumped out in the 800 block of Southwest Third Court, leaving the car in drive” At the crime scene, police discovered a 7th month old baby. See full story, source Florida Violent Crime Violations Assault/Battery: Fla. Stat. §§ 784.03 & 784.011 – Assault and battery… […]

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Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida

Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida

Like any Friday night in Florida, two friends are leaving a restaurant after a meal and a few drinks. Words are exchanged in the parking lot between your friend and some hot head. The hot head is pumped up; and likely on roids. Yes, he is juiced. Not to be deterred by the blonde muscle head, your friend says something back, one thing leads to another and a fight breaks out. Well, as luck would have it, your friend is on the losing end of the fist fight. The big muscle head guy is using your friend like a punching bag and doing burpees with him. Your friend is being viciously attached at this point, and you, his female date, are looking on in horror. To make matters worse, some… […]

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Florida Case Of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

Florida Case Of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm

A West Palm Beach resident, Kenneth Burroughs, is being held at Palm Beach county jail on weapons charges, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The incident reports Mr. Burroughs’ alleged confrontation with a bail bondsman occurred this past Friday. After being called to investigate the bondsman shooting, Sheriff’s detectives found three weapons — a shotgun, a .38-caliber pistol and a .38 special revolver — during a court-approved search of the North Haverhill Road residence of Kenneth Burroughs. According to Deputy Eric Davis, Mr. Burroughs admitted to sheriff’s officers that he owned the weapons. Burroughs was arrested early Saturday and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, shooting within a dwelling, and child neglect. Criminal history revealed that he has been convicted of seven… […]

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Violent Crimes 2 Year Decline In America Has Ended

Violent Crimes 2 Year Decline In America Has Ended

WASHINGTON Oct 24, 2013— Violent crime in the United States rose for the second year in a row, a government report said Thursday, indicating that the nation’s two-decade decline in crime has ended. The 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 26 of every 1,000 people experienced violent crime, a 15% increase in how many people reported being victims of rape, robbery or assault. Property crime — burglary, theft and car theft — rose 12%. The report follows the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report, released in September, which documented more than 1.2 million violent crimes nationwide — about 1% more than in 2011. For 2011, data from the victims survey also showed an increase in violent crime: up 17% from 2010, the sharpest rise… […]

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Should Teachers Be Armed?

The recent shooting at Sparks Middle School in Reno, Nevada has re-ignited debates over how to keep schools safe. THELAW.TV spoke to West Palm Beach defense attorney Andrew Stine about whether teachers should be armed to protect themselves and their students. View the full story and original source.  

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Andrew Stine Speaks About 10-Year-Old Convicted of Murder

In the California case involving a 10-year old boy who murdered his father, Joseph Hall was convicted of second degree murder, raising the question of what an appropriate sentence would be. THELAW.TV spoke with West Palm Beach, Florida criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about the case. View the full story and original source The story and Andrew Stine’s appearance was also featured by The Chronicle.

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Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

A 14-year-old boy facing multiple gun charges after he allegedly held up two people at gunpoint had his first appearance reset to today after no family members showed up for the court proceeding on Thursday. Edgar L. Sorto, of Lake Worth, remains in the Palm Beach County Jail and is facing charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed weapon. Sorto is a documented MS-13 gang member, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said According to the PBSO, Sorto was seen allegedly pointing a black semi automatic handgun at two people on Sept. 26 around 12:30 p.m. The witness contacted police. Dressed in blue shorts, blue shoes and red-checkered boxers with a white shirt wrapped around his neck, Sorto walked up to… […]

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Crimes Punishable By Death Penalty

The death penalty in the United States is used almost exclusively for the crime of murder. Although state and federal statutes contain various capital crimes other than those involving the death of the victim, only two people were on death row for a non-murder offense (Patrick Kennedy and Richard Davis in Louisiana) when the U.S. Supreme Court addressed this issue in 2008. No one has been executed for such a crime since the death penalty was re-instated in 1976. In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court in Coker v. Georgia, 433 U.S. 584, held that the death penalty for the rape of an adult was “grossly disproportionate” and an “excessive punishment,” and hence was unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment. The Court looked at the relatively few states that allowed the death… […]

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