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Monthly Archives: October 2018


OCT. 17 2018
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force
Criminal Defense Attorney West Palm Beach | Excessive Force

Many people who have not had pleasant interactions with the police wonder if they have had excessive force used against them. Here we will clarify the laws behind the use of excessive force.

 

What is Excessive Force?

 

Excessive force refers to situations where government officials legally entitled to use force exceed the minimum amount necessary to diffuse an incident or to protect themselves or others from harm. This can come up in different contexts, such as when handling prisoners or even during military operations. When it involves law enforcement, especially during an arrest, it’s also referred to …

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OCT. 10 2018
Criminal Defense Lawyer West Palm Beach | Stand Your Ground
Criminal Defense Lawyer West Palm Beach | Stand Your Ground

The use of stand your ground laws in Florida have been controversial for some time. Here we will go over the basics around this law.

 

What is Stand Your Ground?

 

The enactment of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law in 2005 did not create a new type of affirmative defense with regard to the use of deadly force. The principle that a person may use deadly force in self-defense if he or she reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm has been the law in Florida for well over a century. …

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OCT. 3 2018
Criminal Lawyer West Palm Beach | What is a Hate Crime?
Criminal Lawyer West Palm Beach | What is a Hate Crime?

Hate crime laws have been somewhat controversial since they were put into place. Here we will go over the specifics of what makes a hate crime different from other types of crime. If you are charged, we are here.

 

Hate Crime Classification

 

The key to hate crime classification is the motivation of the person accused of the crime. If the criminal act was motivated simply by the defendant’s prejudice or hatred of the victim because of the victim’s perceived race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, the criminal act qualifies as a hate crime. Therefore, it is an …

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