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MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons

MMA Fighter Charged with Using Hands as Deadly Weapons

There have been a few mixed martial arts fighters making headlines in recent years for breaking the law. As the sport grows in popularity, so does the amount of media attention the athletes are forced to contend with. MMA Fighter Fernando Rodrigues was recently arrested and charged with several crimes after a road rage incident where he allegedly pistol-whipped another person in addition to punching and kicking him several times and putting him into a wrestling hold. Palm Beach Post covered the details of the confrontation after the victim spoke out to the public. Road Rage in South Florida Anyone with experience driving in South Florida understands how difficult it can be to navigate the roads in this area. There are careless drivers a plenty, and there are also impatient… […]

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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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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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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 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 to do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Battery

What to do if You Have Been Charged with Domestic Battery

Domestic battery is an unfortunate but common occurrence. It often goes unreported to authorities because the victims fear retaliation. The victims also try to convince themselves that it is not a consistent pattern and the perpetrator will change. This mentality can lead to worse crimes. The article below discusses how a woman’s friends helped step in to prevent anything else happening from this domestic battery case. Domestic Battery in Greenacres According to an article in WPTV News, a 47-year-old Greenacres man was arrested early Monday and charged with domestic battery by strangulation. Police say he strangled his former sister-in-law but it is still unclear who’s story is correct. Pedro Almanza-Flores was released after his first court appearance Tuesday morning with the order that he be under supervision, have no contact… […]

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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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How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

How Aggravated Battery Charges Turned into First Degree Arson Charges

According to an article in WPTV News, a Palm Beach County man faces several felony charges for attempting to light his girlfriend on fire and stabbing her when the lighter didn’t work. He is facing charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and aggravated battery. The Crime Aggravated battery, or just battery, is the most common charge that results from domestic disputes that get out of control. Arson, however, is quite so common a result. According to the article, the woman who remained unnamed in the police report, claimed that she asked her boyfriend to move out a couple of days ago because he was not paying any bills. A few days later the woman said she got up when she heard a noise while sleeping, saw her front door… […]

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How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

How Even Police Officers Need Criminal Defense Lawyers

A Panhandle area police officer has been charged with shooting his former girlfriend and dragging her body into the woods, according to a WPTV News Channel 5 article. Bay County Sheriff Frank McKeithen said 43-year-old Mark Alan Bomia was arrested Saturday night and charged with murdering Anna Beach. According to an arrest report, Bomia said he went to the victim’s house to talk to her, and she attacked him. The News Herald reported Bomia admitted shooting Beach and removing her clothes and other evidence from the scene. Autopsy results are pending. Additional details are expected to be released at a press conference Monday. It’s unclear if Bomia had legal counsel. An e-mail sent to the sheriff’s office was not immediately returned Sunday. Spousal Disputes Many domestic violence cases can be… […]

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