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Aggressive Driving can Lead to Aggravated Battery Charge

Aggressive Driving can Lead to Aggravated Battery Charge

The driver of a vehicle in Florida can be criminally charged and convicted of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon if the reckless driver purposely crashes the vehicle into another occupied vehicle or into a pedestrian. Because of Florida’s sentencing scheme, when a defendant is found guilty of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, the likelihood of imprisonment is certain. Recently, in Palm Beach County, FL and on the Treasure Coast of Florida there has been a rash of these types of crimes. Recently, the appellate court ruled that a driver charged with the serious offense of Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon ought to also have the jury instruction of “Reckless Driving.” Reckless driving in Florida is a Misdemeanor. Recently in Greenacres, Palm Beach County, FL a mother was… […]

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Criminal Traffic Violations

Criminal Traffic Violations

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. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are also illegal, as is driving a vehicle that is in unsafe condition — for instance a vehicle with a broken windshield. In some states, using a cell phone while driving is illegal unless it is a hands-free style. Other traffic violations include not using a child’s safety seat for small… […]

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Florida Charges For Leaving The Scene Of An Accident

Florida Charges For Leaving The Scene Of An Accident

JUPITER — A Jupiter Farms woman was being held without bail Thursday after she was accused of punching the 77-year-old driver of a truck into which she allegedly plowed her car. The man said the car’s driver, later identified as Skurnik, got out of her car, walked over to his truck and began to punch him on the left side of his face, according to the arrest report. Skurnik also either bit or scratched his left arm, he said. After the attack, Skurnik drove away. One of two witnesses told police “the blue car accelerated and crashed into the left side of the pickup.” The second witness said she saw the blue car “pull forward in a deliberate attempt to ram the pickup.” A North Palm Beach officer spotted Skurnik… […]

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Hit and Run in Florida

Hit and Run in Florida

Have you ever been in a car accident? If so, then you understand how complicated things can be afterwards. To make matters more complicated, a hit and run is a serious crime in the state of Florida. Generally the extent of the charges depend on the amount of damage inflicted on the victim during the accident. Regardless, if you are caught, you will be charged with anything from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree felony. If you have caused an accident and fled the scene, immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer to discuss what you can do about this situation. Hit and Run Penalties in Florida For a car accident in the state of Florida, you are required by law to stop and exchange your contact information. If someone has… […]

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How Motorcyclist Fleeing from Traffic Ticket is Charged with Aggravated Assault

How Motorcyclist Fleeing from Traffic Ticket is Charged with Aggravated Assault

You can be charged with aggravated assault for several different reasons; it’s a broad umbrella of a charge when it comes to crime. Usually, aggravated assault is threatening or committing harm against another with the use of a deadly weapon. In today’s case, the deadly weapon was a motorcycle. An article in WPTV News describes how a man used a motorcycle to assault an officer. The article is as follows: BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the dragging of a deputy at least 60 feet, according to a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Victor Morales, 38, is charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding, and resisting arrest with violence. The deputy, assigned to the Aggressive Driving Unit, was… […]

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How Serious is a Hit and Run?

How Serious is a Hit and Run?

Many crimes are reported after irresponsible people get behind the wheel. Driving related accidents involving alcohol, drugs, or simply running from the law have very serious consequences. In this case, a man driving without a license hit an Iraq War veteran and killed him. According to WPTV News, Sergio Herrera Pena pleaded guilty to driving without a license and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Investigators say he was in the U.S. illegally when he hit, then ran over 28-year-old Iraq War veteran Joseph Williams on his motorcycle on Boynton Beach Road. in February of 2010. Pena’s attorney, Michael Silver explained, “Police drove about a block and he was waiting right there for them. It wasn’t willful leaving the scene of an accident, the issue was that Mr. Herrera… […]

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