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Category Archives: Weapon Crimes

West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Explains Florida Concealed Weapons Law

Criminal defense lawyer Andrew Stine clarifies Florida concealed weapons laws and describes when carrying a concealed firearm is illegal. In Florida, the estimated number of firearms is well over 16 million. Guns are a way of life for many Floridians, says West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine. Firearm ownership has been on a sharp increase over the past 7 years, not only in Florida but throughout America. So what does Florida law say about carrying a concealed firearm? Under section 790.01(2), Florida Statutes, the law provides that “a person who carries a concealed firearm (without a concealed firearms permit) on or about his or her person commits a felony of the third degree.” Under Florida law, a “concealed firearm” is defined as “any firearm . . . which… […]

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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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The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

The Long-Term Consequences Of A Domestic Violence Conviction

West Palm Beach man was arrested on Thursday, accused of beating his girlfriend with a “wooden 2×4.” Steve Devon Bedward, 27, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail on charges of aggravated battery. West Palm Beach Police officers were sent to the couple’s home in the 1000 block of Selkirk Street to reports of a domestic violence incident. When they arrived, they spoke with Bedward’s 43-year-old girlfriend, who had a “bloody lip and raised red marks on her right upper arm,” according to the arrest report. When confronted by police, Bedward said that their fight started when the couple’s roommate came “banging on the their door, asking where her pills were,” the report said. Because he didn’t want to talk to their roommate,… […]

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How to Resolve a Weapons Case in West Palm Beach

How to Resolve a Weapons Case in West Palm Beach

Weapons charges are a serious offense in the state of Florida. A criminal defense lawyer understands how it is extremely common for people to illegally carry and improperly use weapons. Only this morning, a deadly shooting occurred in front of Jimmy’s Cafe, a local West Palm Beach night club. A teenage girl was killed. Weapons in West Palm Beach A deadly shooting occurred late Friday right in front of a local West Palm Beach night club. What has now been identified to be a stolen, blue SUV drove into the parking lot of Jimmy’s Café, 1999 S. Military Trail, and fired shots into the group of people leaving the club. A 17-year-old girl was killed. Police located the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Military Trail and 10th Avenue North.… […]

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