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Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic Violence Increased in South Florida

Domestic violence is a first-degree misdemeanor, which would result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted. Contact a criminal defense lawyer to help you understand what happens after you’re arrested. Domestic violence cases involve charges of assault and battery against a familial relation or a person who lives with you, such as a wife, child, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, or father. The long-term consequences of a domestic violence conviction can be very serious. Employers routinely conduct background checks of prospective employees and few would want to hire an employee who has a conviction for domestic violence. In Florida, landlords also conduct background checks because they could be liable for a civil lawsuit if they rent to a person with violent tendencies. As reported in Sun-Sentinel by By Peter… […]

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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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Why Child Abuse and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

Why Child Abuse and Alcoholism Go Hand in Hand

When a parent is charged with child abuse, there are usually several factors involved in the crime. All too often, alcohol or drug abuse is the common denominator. Child abuse is an extremely serious crime but parents may not even realize they are putting their children in harms way because their judgment is so impaired by the substances they choose to take. One man in Michigan is being charged with felony child abuse for letting his daughter be his designated driver. His daughter is nine years old. Child Abuse and Alcohol According to WPTV News, a Michigan father is facing felony child abuse charges after police say he had his nine-year-old daughter drive his van while he was allegedly intoxicated in the passenger seat. Surveillance video from a gas stations… […]

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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 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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What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

What is the Sentence for Child Abuse?

Crimes committed against children are a heinous but unfortunately realistic part of our society. A lot of times, when a parent is arrested on child abuse charges, it is not the first time that parent has been investigated by the Department of Children and Families. Investigations are usually conducted after a teacher, neighbor, or family member reports suspicion to the authorities. Child Abuse in the Name of Discipline According to the following article from the Palm Beach Post, a mother was arrested for biting her son: LAKELAND, FLA. — A Lakeland mother has been arrested for child abuse after family members said she bit her son. Police investigated 26-year-old Ann Marie Kane after Department of Children and Families officials reported three adult-sized bite marks on her son. According to an arrest… […]

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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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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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How Even Your Faith Can’t Help You Keep Your Kids if You are Convicted of Child Neglect

How Even Your Faith Can’t Help You Keep Your Kids if You are Convicted of Child Neglect

According to an article in WPTV News, a Riviera Beach couple was arrested Wednesday night for child neglect, after allegedly telling police that they live life in God and don’t need to work despite not having any money to feed their toddler. Claire Justin, 28, and Neil Vilain, 41, are being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond on charges of child neglect. This morning, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras ordered they have no contact with their 3-year-old child, who was placed in the custody of her maternal grandmother by the state Department of Children and Families, police said. When the officer spoke with Justin and Vilain, they said they believe that “the way most people live is evil,” according to the… […]

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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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