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Allegations of Domestic Battery

According to the Palm Beach Post, Attorney William Abramson, 47, faces domestic battery charges, in Palm Beach County, FL.  Mr. Abramson allegedly struck and pushed his girlfriend against her will, while calling her a “two bit whore.” The Palm Beach Post reported that the woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time. Mr. Abramson, as many of you may remember, is a lawyer by trade and is responsible for defeating Judge Richard Wennet in the 2010 Circuit Court Judicial election. That 2010 Circuit Court election was won by Attorney William Abramson by 61 votes. In one of the most bizarre elections Palm Beach County ever has ever witnessed, even though Abramson won the judgeship, he was never seated… […]

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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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Lesser Sentences For Less Serious Offenders

Lesser Sentences For Less Serious Offenders

Crimes are usually categorized as felonies or misdemeanors based on their nature and the maximum punishment that can be imposed. A felony involves serious misconduct that is punishable by death or by imprisonment for more than one year. Most state criminal laws subdivide felonies into different classes with varying degrees of punishment. Crimes that do not amount to felonies are misdemeanors or violations. A misdemeanor is misconduct for which the law prescribes punishment of no more than one year in prison. Lesser offenses, such as traffic and parking infractions, are often called violations and are considered a part of criminal law. Laws passed by Congress or a state must define crimes with certainty. A citizen and the courts must have a clear understanding of a criminal law’s requirements and prohibitions.… […]

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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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Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Is a DUI a Misdemeanor or a Felony?

Being charged with a DUI will change your life. Whether it is a misdemeanor DUI or a felony DUI, the conviction will appear on your criminal record and will reflect badly on your character when you apply for a job, try to rent or buy a place to live, or in just about anything where a background check may be involved. If you speak with a criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to work to get the conviction expunged from your criminal record. Is a DUI a Felony or Misdemeanor? A DUI misdemeanor conviction is when any person driving under the influence causes property damage or personal injury to another. It is then considered a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $1000 fine. A… […]

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How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

How People Were Arrested for Celebratory Gunfire on New Year’s

As I reported in a previous article, people firing guns for celebration of the New Year should expect to be arrested. According to an article in WPTV News, police arrested five people New Year’s Day for celebratory gunfire. A police officer reported seeing several people firing in the neighborhood. According to arrest reports, he pulled his own weapon and ordered four suspects to the ground. Everett Jermaine Hall, 25, complied with the officer’s order and was charged with misdemeanor firing of a weapon in public. Three other suspects reportedly fled into a nearby house, where officers reported finding several pistols and rifles. Residents of that house, Kevin Donnell Perdue, 23, and Kearshia Bianca Perdue, 21, also were charged with misdemeanor firing a weapon in public. Officers reported that Truman Perdue,… […]

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How A Food Fight Turned Into Domestic Battery

How A Food Fight Turned Into Domestic Battery

A recently published article in WPTV News describes a curious little case that involved throwing food and domestic battery. A man accused of throwing a mustard-covered corn dog that hit his live-in girlfriend during a weekend quarrel faces misdemeanor charges, according to a recently released arrest affidavit. Fort Pierce police arrested Tommie Lee Mckeliver, 48, on Saturday after his girlfriend told investigators he “got mad at her and threw a paper plate that contained a mustard covered State Fair corn dog on it.” The corn dog crashed into her chest area, leaving her “coated” in mustard. “(The girlfriend) stunned by the situation then found herself being pushed out of the room, and (the) door locked behind her,” the affidavit states. The alleged corn dog attack happened shortly before 2 p.m.… […]

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How Even a Public Defender can be Arrested for a DUI

How Even a Public Defender can be Arrested for a DUI

According to a recent report by WPTV News Channel 5, the head of the judicial circuit’s re-entry program was arrested for a DUI Sunday. Kristin Webster, a public defender symbolized as the icon of hope for many jail inmates, was seen by police swerving along Indian River Drive, with her taillights out.She was pulled over and officers say she smelled of alcohol. Webster refused a roadside sobriety test. She was arrested for a misdemeanor DUI, and when officers took her into custody, they say she blew multiple Breathalyzer tests around 2.0 – more than twice the legal limit. She has bonded out of jail.Her passenger, Scott Krueser was arrested for possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. Kristen Webster has been running the 19th judicial circuit’s re-entry program for nine years. The program… […]

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