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Aggravated Battery in the Game of Golf

According to the Palm Beach Post, a relaxing day of golf turned violent when a man became agitated and attacked his two partners with a putter. According to the police report, Michael Rich, of Royal Palm Beach, is in jail facing two counts of aggravated battery. Rich allegedly hit Roy Hall on the back of his leg with a golf putter and then swinging the broken golf club like a sword, struck Anthony Nazzaro, 72 years old, on the wrist. In Florida, Aggravated Battery is defined as a simple battery, which is touching another person against their will or without their consent, and when committing the simple battery the person intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, and permanent disfigurement to the victim or uses a deadly weapon,… […]

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University of Florida Football Player Arrested for Felony Stalking

University of Florida Football Player Arrested for Felony Stalking

According to University of Florida’s newspaper The Alligator, a star player for the Gator football team was arrested for felony stalking earlier this week. Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey, 22, was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with aggravated stalking. He was arrested after sending a threatening text message to a young woman he had been dating on and off for the past three years, according to Anthony Chiang, an Alligator staff writer. The text message read, “Time to die bitch.” An Alachua County Sheriff’s Office representative has stated that Rainey has been released from custody after making his first court appearance on closed circuit television. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman and is required to b home from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. during the… […]

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I’m a Convicted Felon – What Happens if I’m Charged with Possession of a Firearm?

According to an article in the Palm Beach Post, a Polk County man has been accused of poaching wildlife and was caught and arrestedafter boasting about it on Facebook. He is facing several charges including unlawful hunting and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The Crime For a convicted felon, he wasn’t very careful. Darin Lee Waldo, 43, unknowingly chose to exchange photographs of illegally killed game with investigators, participated in chat rooms describing his actions and even invited undercover agents to participate in two illegal hunts. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported these violations on Friday. They say he and other suspects hid small boats and guns at Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area near Haines City. Waldo is charged with possession of a firearm… […]

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Andrew Stine Wins Dismissal of Felony Charges

Andrew Stine Wins Dismissal of Felony Charges

Today in Palm Beach Circuit Felony Court, Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, of West Palm Beach, FL successfully got Mr. Alberto Felipe’s felony case dismissed. Mr. Felipe made world news for biting off his neighbor’s ear in an altercation over a cigarette in the Boca-Raton area. Mr. Felipe’s previous arrest record presented a challenging scenario and stacked the odds against him. However, West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine worked this felony case from the day after Mr. Felipe was released from jail and knew right away that Mr. Felipe was only acting in self-defense. Through a tireless effort, today in felony court, Attorney Andrew D. Stine was able to convince the Assistant State Attorney, through his own investigation into the events that transpired, that Mr. Felipe… […]

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Can a Felony Charge Be Reduced To a Misdemeanor?

There are a variety of crimes committed by individuals on a daily basis. Some crimes, such as murder or kidnapping, are considered serious crimes; other crimes, such as speeding or trespassing, are not. All crimes by definition violate a law and the punishments that are imposed on a criminal are based on the type of crime committed. The punishment is usually based on the seriousness of the crime. States may differ as to the classification of any particular crime. A crime committed in one state may be classified differently than if it was committed in another state. Florida Crime Classification In criminal law, there are two main crime categories: 1.      Felonies 2.      Misdemeanors A misdemeanor is considered a lesser offense against the state. These crimes tend to entail a penalty… […]

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Sexually Related Felony Offenses

Sexually Related Felony Offenses

Jury selection begins today for former WPTV weatherman Rob Lopicola, facing juvenile sex charges. In July 2012, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Krista Marx set Lopicola’s bail at $130,000 and ordered he have no contact with the alleged victims in the case or anyone under the age of 18. She also ordered he have no access to the Internet or possess any device that allows him access to the Internet. The former WPTV Channel 5 weekend meteorologist faces charges including sexual activity with minors, lewd and lascivious battery, computer pornography and child exploitation. The charges stem from separate and multiple encounters Lopicola is accused of having with two teenagers between August 2010 and April 2011 after meeting them through Craigslist ads. Full story,  source Types Of Sex Crimes A number… […]

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Lying In Traffic Violations When Stopped By Police

Cop ‘Upset’ By Speeding Woman’s Dying Dad Lie, Arrests Her A New Hampshire cop was so miffed when he discovered an “emotional” woman had lied to him about speeding in her car to get to her dying father that he later went to the woman’s house and arrested her for driving with a suspended registration. “I’m pretty used to people trying to bend the truth to get out of speeding citations, but this woman preyed on my emotions as a human being,” Christopher J. Cummings, the state trooper who made the arrest, told ABC News today. “She told me her father had stage four cancer, that he was breathing only six breaths a minute, and that she was trying to make it to the hospital before he passed,” Cummings said.… […]

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When A Traffic Violation Becomes A Felony

When A Traffic Violation Becomes A Felony

Traffic violations are generally divided into two categories: parking violations and moving violations. Moving violations are the more serious of the two, carry stiffer penalties, and occur while the vehicle is in motion. Among moving traffic violations, speeding is the most common. If the driver’s manner of speeding is also posing a threat to the lives of pedestrians or other traffic, he or she might also be charged with reckless endangerment or DUI- driving under the influence. Traffic violations differ from state to state. The list below offers some of the most common infractions and misdemeanors: Parking illegally, e.g. in a red zone, taxi or bus zone, temporary zone, or in a disabled parking spot without a disabled sticker on your vehicle. Running a red light. Making an illegal turn… […]

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Criminal Charges For Money Laundering

Criminal Charges For Money Laundering

It was a brazen bank heist, but a 21st-century version in which the criminals never wore ski masks, threatened a teller or set foot in a vault. Elvis Rafael Rodriguez and Emir Yasser Yeje, two of those charged in Brooklyn on Thursday, posed in March with approximately $40,000 in cash that the authorities say they were laundering. In New York City alone, the thieves responsible for A.T.M. withdrawals struck 2,904 machines over 10 hours starting on Feb. 19, withdrawing $2.4 million. The operation included sophisticated computer experts operating in the shadowy world of Internet hacking, manipulating financial information with the stroke of a few keys, as well as common street criminals, who used that information to loot the automated teller machines. On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed an indictment… […]

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Misdemeanor Crimes, Felony Crimes and Their Differences

Misdemeanor Crimes, Felony Crimes and Their Differences

Florida laws are clear cut and the penalties for breaking the law are strict. A misdemeanor is any “lesser” criminal act in some common law legal systems. Misdemeanors are generally punished less severely than felonies, but theoretically more so than administrative infractions (also known as minor, petty or summary offenses) and regulatory offenses. Many misdemeanors are punished with monetary fines. Misdemeanors can include: Petty theft Battery Marijuana possession Domestic violence Disorderly conduct Driving on a suspended license Driving under the influence Traffic offenses Shoplifting Vandalism Unlike aggravated assault or aggravated battery, which are considered felonies, simple assault and battery and those crimes that fall under Florida domestic violence laws are considered misdemeanors in Florida. Along with numerous other misdemeanor offenses, these crimes carry penalties of up to one year in… […]

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