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Andrew D Stine Defends Client Successfully In Palm Beach County Felony Battery Case

Making the choice to go to trial or plead guilty in a criminal case is up to the accused. But with proper guidance and information, the accused can make a better decision when they rely on an experienced criminal defense lawyer like Andrew D Stine. On January 24, 2017, a Palm Beach County jury picked by Andrew D Stine came back with a not guilty verdict in an aggravated battery with a deadly weapon case. The Case In case number 15CF006162AWB, the defendant Michael Joseph, was charged with a second degree felony punishable by 15 years in prison. The State of Florida alleged that Mr. Joseph used his vehicle as a missile in running down and striking Nathanial Holmes, causing Holmes to receive severe bodily injuries in Belle Glade, FL.… […]

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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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Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida

Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida

Like any Friday night in Florida, two friends are leaving a restaurant after a meal and a few drinks. Words are exchanged in the parking lot between your friend and some hot head. The hot head is pumped up; and likely on roids. Yes, he is juiced. Not to be deterred by the blonde muscle head, your friend says something back, one thing leads to another and a fight breaks out. Well, as luck would have it, your friend is on the losing end of the fist fight. The big muscle head guy is using your friend like a punching bag and doing burpees with him. Your friend is being viciously attached at this point, and you, his female date, are looking on in horror. To make matters worse, some… […]

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Violent Crimes 2 Year Decline In America Has Ended

Violent Crimes 2 Year Decline In America Has Ended

WASHINGTON Oct 24, 2013— Violent crime in the United States rose for the second year in a row, a government report said Thursday, indicating that the nation’s two-decade decline in crime has ended. The 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 26 of every 1,000 people experienced violent crime, a 15% increase in how many people reported being victims of rape, robbery or assault. Property crime — burglary, theft and car theft — rose 12%. The report follows the FBI’s 2012 Uniform Crime Report, released in September, which documented more than 1.2 million violent crimes nationwide — about 1% more than in 2011. For 2011, data from the victims survey also showed an increase in violent crime: up 17% from 2010, the sharpest rise… […]

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Should Teachers Be Armed?

The recent shooting at Sparks Middle School in Reno, Nevada has re-ignited debates over how to keep schools safe. THELAW.TV spoke to West Palm Beach defense attorney Andrew Stine about whether teachers should be armed to protect themselves and their students. View the full story and original source.  

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Andrew Stine Speaks About 10-Year-Old Convicted of Murder

In the California case involving a 10-year old boy who murdered his father, Joseph Hall was convicted of second degree murder, raising the question of what an appropriate sentence would be. THELAW.TV spoke with West Palm Beach, Florida criminal defense attorney Andrew Stine about the case. View the full story and original source The story and Andrew Stine’s appearance was also featured by The Chronicle.

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Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Accused Of Aggravated Battery With A Deadly Weapon

Jupiter police officer Kevin Jacko appears in Palm Beach County court Thursday morning, September 12, 2013, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon stemming from an incident in which a man said he was beaten. Jacko, 43, is accused of beating Cody Ross Blankenship on June 6 after the Jupiter man’s arrest on charges including resisting arrest with violence, battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT, and trespassing. A judge today ordered a $5,000 bond for the Jupiter Police officer accused of excessively beating a 24-year-old Tequesta man in June. Kevin Jacko, 43, must also surrender his weapons and not have contact with the victim in the case, Judge James Martz said today. Jacko represented himself today as he did not qualify for a public defender. “I’m not a… […]

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Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

Aggravated Battery Charges With A Deadly Weapon

A West Palm Beach man is facing aggravated battery charges after allegedly throwing a metal chair on a woman while she was sleeping and later shooting a gun in her bedroom. Freddie Lee Holmes, 47, was arrested by West Palm Beach Police on Monday afternoon. He remained at the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday without bond. According to a probable cause affidavit, Holmes entered the home of an unidentified woman in December. The woman was sleeping in the master bedroom and woke up when Holmes allegedly threw the metal chair at her. Holmes, she said, was sitting at the edge of her bed. Afraid for her life, the woman tried to crawl out of her bed, but then heard gunshots and the sound of shattered glass from a ceiling… […]

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Lesser Punishments for National League Athletes in Criminal Cases

Former NFL wide receiver David Boston’s hands brought him years of glory on collegiate and professional football fields. But in Palm Beach County court Friday, those hands led to a jail sentence (source, full story). Circuit Judge Charles Burton ordered Boston to immediately begin serving a six-month term for an aggravated battery conviction. Boston, 34, last month pleaded guilty to the felony charge that resulted from a Nov. 30, 2011, incident involving a female friend at a home in Boca Raton. Boston, during an alcohol-fueled confrontation, hit a woman above the left eyebrow, creating a wound requiring 10 stitches. Burton compared that “violent act” to being “like Mike Tyson hitting you,” unlike weaker people who aren’t star athletes. But the judge also gave the former Miami Dolphins player a big… […]

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BSO Shoot Unarmed Black Male Without Cause

BSO Shoot Unarmed Black Male Without Cause

No, this story is not about Trayvon Martin. However, with all the media attention, publicity, and rallies surrounding the Trayvon Martin shooting, other similar cases are garnering a little more attention than they normally would have. In Pompano Beach, an unarmed black male was napping in a vehicle when he was shot multiple times by Broward Sheriff’s deputies – one of which was a star on the reality TV show “Police Women of Broward County.” It an open investigation and although the story is still unclear, at the end of the day, an unarmed black male was shot by a police officer, giving the case some room in the media spotlight. Shooting in Broward County According to an article in WPTV News, Brandon Johnson, 21, says he was napping in… […]

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