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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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What is Stabbing in Criminal Law?

What is Stabbing in Criminal Law?

Stabbing is a serious crime as it can be deemed it court as assault with a deadly weapon (aggravated assault) or even attempted murder. These two crimes are both felonies but the sentences may vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. Also, stabbing may have residual charges depending on the situation as well. If the stabbing coincided with theft or robbery, the multiple charges could have a serious impact on the sentence and court proceedings. Aggravated Assault Aggravated Assault according to Florida Statute 784.011 is covers a broad range of illegal actions. These include but are not limited to intentionally threatening a person so that person feels imminent threat of violence or danger. It can also be defined as assault with a deadly weapon. The deadly weapon used is very important during the court process because using a knife… […]

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What is the Sentence for Crimes Against Elderly People?

What is the Sentence for Crimes Against Elderly People?

Crimes against elderly people often go unreported because the victim’s rarely contact authorities themselves. Usually, a witness or friend recognize something odd occurring and report the discrepancies to the authorities. Crimes against elderly people usually encompass fraud, burglary, theft, or any money-related crime. One Tequesta woman, 65, was young and nimble enough to escape a serious assault on her life. Assault on a Person 65 or Older According to WTPV News, a 33-year-old Tequesta woman with bipolar disorder was arrested on charges of assault on a person 65 years or older and committed for an involuntary mental health exam after she tried to kill her mother with a knife Saturday morning. According to a police report, Amy Kuryla swung a knife under her mother’s chin saying, “You are going to… […]

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Is Carjacking a Felony?

Is Carjacking a Felony?

Carjacking is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Recent carjacking numbers have increased along with the new “bump and rob” type of robbery. Carjacking is a first degree felony and is defined as the forcible or violent taking of a motor vehicle from the owner with the intent of either permanently or temporarily depriving the owner of the said motor vehicle. While it is serious, it is unfortunately very common in South Florida. Carjacking in Riviera Beach According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach city police officer said he was forced to shoot at an armed man. Robert Robinson, 19, is accused of fleeing on foot, evading police vehicles, and carjacking. The scene actually started out as a routine traffic stop but ended as an… […]

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How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

How Common are Burglaries and Robberies in South Florida?

In 2009, there were 30,911 reported robberies. That number continues to increase. Out of every state in the country, Florida ranks the 5th highest for the robbery rate as of 2009, according to The Disaster Center. There is generally a new robbery every day locally in West Palm Beach covered in the news. Robbery in St. Lucie County One young man has been captured and charged with robbery of the Fort Pierce city manager’s home, according to Fort Pierce Police and WPTV News Channel 5. He is one of three former high school football players, some of which played at Fort Pierce Westwood High School and the others at Fort Pierce Central High School, according to the article. The former athletes who were arrested Thursday are: Andre Townsend, 18; Cameron Toombs,… […]

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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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Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine Comments on Casey Anthony Case

According to the Palm Beach Post, some local defense attorneys expressed their opinions on the Casey Anthony murder trial on Monday, July 4. Unsurprisingly, no verdict came after jurors in Orlando concluded their first day of deliberations Monday. Several local attorneys predict that we will not see a verdict until at least the end of the week; they believe the jurors will likely continue their debate for a couple of more days. Local Attorney Opinions One of our own local attorneys, Andrew D. Stine, West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer said, “I don’t think they’ll agree on a number of things, and I do think there will be some infighting.” Stine expressed that attorneys on both sides of the case presented their closing arguments well but the state’s circumstantial case… […]

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What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

What to Do if You are Caught Carjacking

Happy 4th of July! Some people have not had such a good weekend so far. According to the Palm Beach Post, two men were carjacked and one was stuffed into the trunk late last night. Police are trying to figure out if this incident is part of the “bump and rob” trend that’s starting to become more commonplace in the West Palm Beach area lately. Grand Theft Auto According to the article, police are investigating an overnight carjacking that began in Palm Beach Gardens and ended in a crash near an ATM in West Palm Beach. Details are scant, but it appears that at 3:30 a.m. two men in a Hyundai Sonata in the area of Northlake Boulevard and Military Trail were approached by three men with guns, reports Palm… […]

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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 Battery Charges can Ruin Your Life

How Battery Charges can Ruin Your Life

A New York man has been accused of battery against a JetBlue flight attendant. He is facing serious criminal charges, according to WPTV News. The article is included below. The Crime BOSTON — A New York man has been arrested at Boston’s Logan International Airport after allegedly slapping a male flight attendant on a JetBlue flight from Florida. Massachusetts State Police say 48-year-old Bryan Garnett, of Utica, N.Y., was taken into custody Tuesday when the flight from West Palm Beach landed about 10:30 a.m. Garnett is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in East Boston District Court on charges of interfering with a flight crew and assault and battery. The Boston Globe reports that one of its reporters was on the plane. The reporter says a flight attendant asked Garnett to… […]

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