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What is the Difference Between Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence?

What is the Difference Between Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence?

In the state of Florida, Florida’s Assault and Battery Law supplements domestic violence law. The difference is significant however because even though assault and battery are very specific in the crimes they cover, domestic violence is a specialized form of both in that the penalties are even more severe and the consequences are much more serious. Assault, Battery, and Domestic Violence Assault As defined by Florida Statute 784.011: an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that violence is imminent. A person who commits assault is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree. In simpler terms, if a person attempts… […]

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Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Illegal Weapons Deal in Pompano Beach Turns Deadly

Undercover police officers put their lives on the line to catch crimes in the act. Law enforcement use police officers to pose as buyers for drugs, weapons, and several other illegal activities. While these methods are often successful, the possibility of entrapment can be an issue. In Pompano Beach, a gun deal involving an undercover deputy went wrong, resulting in the death of the gun dealer. Weapons in Pompano Beach Johnny Wright, 23, of Pompano Beach was under serious investigation from a multi-agency illegal firearms task force operation. This case is an example of how weapons crimes are being watched very carefully by law enforcement throughout South Florida. The illegal gun deal occurred around 4 p.m. in Pompano Beach behind the San Isidro Catholic Church, according to WPTV News. Wright… […]

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Admitting Guilt to Aggravated Assault and Armed Robbery with a Firearm

Many people have been following the case of the death of beloved grocery store owner Jimmy McMillan in Belle Glade. The 19-year-old accused of robbing, shooting, and killing McMillan confessed to his crimes Saturday. After appearing before the Judge briefly he is being held without bond and could possibly be facing the death penalty for aggravated assault with a firearm, armed robbery with a firearm, and first-degree murder with a firearm. Aggravated assault charges can be extremely serious in the state of Florida, particularly if they involve a firearm. Aggravated assault involving pointing a gun at someone can result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence of three years. If the gun is fired, the minimum prison sentence changes to 20 years. If the victim of the aggravated assault with a… […]

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Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

Assault and Battery Charges in West Palm Beach

The West Palm Beach metropolitan area is the 13th most violent city in the country. There are many violent crimes committed in Palm Beach County and assault and battery are two of the most serious. Most people think “assault and battery” are the same offense but technically “assault” and “battery” are two distinct and separate crimes. A West Palm Beach man was arrested on Monday for aggravated battery, after his girlfriend accused him of beating her during an argument, reported by Cynthia Roldan, The Palm Beach Post Christopher Maurice Raphael, 24, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $26,000 bond. He is charged with aggravated battery, battery and criminal mischief. According to the probable cause affidavit, a West Palm Beach Police officer was dispatched to… […]

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Child Abduction in Boynton Beach

Child Abduction in Boynton Beach

Federal, state and local authorities are coordinating efforts to find a 3-year-old girl abducted in Boynton Beach by her father. The girl, abducted after her father picked her up for a weekend visit, was taken to Mexico, Boynton Beach police said Tuesday. Jazmin Lopez was picked up Saturday from her mother’s home for what was supposed to be one of her usual one- or two-day visits with her father, Feliz De La Cruz Lopez, 26, police said. But instead of bringing her home, Lopez took the girl somewhere near Tabasco, Mexico, according to police, reported by Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel. “He basically just stole his own daughter,” Sgt. Tom Wallace said. “He has no right to take her.” “The problem we face is … it’s a location in Mexico the… […]

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Florida Hotel Robbery Video Is Released

Florida Hotel Robbery Video Is Released

According to police, the two men, one of them armed with a handgun, walked into the Comfort Inn at 2520 Stirling Road shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. One man reached over the counter for the cash register but was unable to locate it. On the surveillance video he can then be seen approaching a man and snatching his wallet before running away. The video shows the gunman jumping over the counter where police said he demanded cash from an employee. The clerk told him that money was not kept at the front counter, at which point the man rummaged through a cabinet, then jumped back over the counter and fled. Robbery is the crime of taking or attempting to take something of value by force or threat of… […]

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How was a Lauderhill Cop Charged with Shooting Firearm from Vehicle?

How was a Lauderhill Cop Charged with Shooting Firearm from Vehicle?

While we as citizens have the right to bear arms, there are so many laws regulating the use, purchase, selling, and carrying of firearms.  Discharging a firearm from a vehicle within a defined proximity of a person for example, is a serious felony. The crime gets even more complicated when it’s an officer in uniform discharging the firearm for reasons that do not involve a heated pursuit. Lauderhill Cop Arrested for Shooting at Another Cop According to a WPTV News report and Lauderhill Police, Officer Kristopher John Bieger, 30 fired several shots at another officer as she worked an off-duty security job at Inverness plaza around 7:30 pm Saturday night. The target of the shooting was in uniform and sitting in her marked patrol car when Bieger opened fire with… […]

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Linda Cooney Arrested Again for Attempted Murder with Weapon She Used to Kill Husband

Linda Cooney Arrested Again for Attempted Murder with Weapon She Used to Kill Husband

In 1993, Linda Cooney was acquitted for murdering her husband. Nearly 20 years later, Cooney is back in the media spotlight when police were called to another shooting in the Cooney’s Las Vegas household. Kevin Cooney, her son, 30, was shot in the neck. The shooter? Linda Cooney. The Cooney Case According to a WPTV News report, as a 10-year-old boy, Kevin Cooney saw his father on the hallway floor shot four times. He stood witness on the stand as an 11-year-old in a case that would haunt him and his little brother for the rest of their lives. According to several news reports, Linda Cooney and prominent James Cooney had several disputes throughout their marriage, even in front of their two boys. Police were called to the home for… […]

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Riviera Beach Officer Commits Assault and Battery

Riviera Beach Officer Commits Assault and Battery

According to WPTV News, a Riviera Beach Police officer has been charged with assault, battery and improper exhibition of a dangerous weapon or firearm, for pushing a 12-year-old boy and pulling out her Taser on him. When Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Kelsey Park in Lake Park on July 12, they learned that Cherline Cornelius, 31 was being accused of allegedly pushing the boy and pulling out her Taser on him, after the boy pushed a girl, according to WPTV News. According to WPTV News, investigations revealed that the boy had a brief scuffle with a 9-year-old girl. A camp counselor of the program then pulled the boy aside and explained that he was not to push the girl again. At some point, Cornelius spoke to the boy… […]

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What to do After being Charged with Aggravated Battery

What to do After being Charged with Aggravated Battery

Aggravated Battery is a Felony Aggravated battery is the crime of intentionally causing harm to another person using a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon can be considered a firearm, a knife, or even a vehicle. In this case, the deadly weapons used were poles and sticks. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Aggravated Battery in Fort Pierce According to WPTV News, a Fort Pierce teenager is suffering in critical condition after witnesses said he was beaten with poles and sticks Thursday evening. Reports say the 16-year-old victim’s condition has improved since Friday but when authorities arrived on the scene, he was suffering from seizures after several blows that fractured his skull and caused bleeding in the brain. Authorities announced Sunday that three… […]

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