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Category: Assault


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 …

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. …

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 …

SEP. 12 2018
Possession of a Firearm West Palm Beach | Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts
Possession of a Firearm West Palm Beach | Concealed Carry Do’s and Don’ts

There are plenty of rules and regulations surrounding the licensed concealed carry of firearms in Florida. Many people with a license forget some of the most important rules that can land you in jail if broken, however.

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When it comes to carrying a concealed weapon and interacting with law enforcement, there are several simple steps you can follow to avoid legal issues. The biggest one is being very open and clear with police that you have a legal firearm. By making your intentions clear you can avoid placing lives in danger. Keep your hands visible and do …

OCT. 13 2017
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
What “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” Means in Florida
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In the state of Florida, assault with a deadly weapon is a serious charge with steep penalties. The law, however, isn’t completely straightforward. There are several variances and stipulations that you should be aware of in case you or someone you love ever faces charges.

 

Below, we are going to explain the law in detail.

 

Defining “Assault with a Deadly Weapon” in Florida

 

According to the 2017 Florida Statutes, assault with a deadly weapon falls under “aggravated assault.” An aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, or with intent …