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Domestic assault: Facts for abusers as well as victims

Florida law defines domestic violence as "any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member." Domestic violence is not just when two family members disagree and argue, a spat between a husband and wife or an anger management issue.

When there is suspicion of domestic violence or someone is charged with domestic assault, it is important that the difference between what is and is not domestic violence is applied to the situation. There may be circumstances that have brought about actions that fit into the first category, but are not the typical behavior of the alleged abuser. If the alleged abuser has a good attorney, that attorney should be able to show evidence to this effect in a court of law to possibly lessen the charges or maybe even have them thrown out.

Justin Bieber's DUI trial delayed for plea negotions

In a lot of cases, celebrities accused of crimes like drunk driving will have the financial means to hire the best legal counsel available. As a result, these individuals may have a better chance of achieving favorable results during their DUI defense proceedings. In the highly publicized DUI case of Justin Bieber, though, the public and gossip columnists are still waiting with baited breath to see how the case concludes.

According to the most recent reports about the Bieber DUI trial, which is being carried out in a south Florida courtroom, the litigation of the case has been subjected to yet another delay. During a hearing that was held on a recent Wednesday, prosecutors asked the presiding judge to give them three more weeks in order to negotiate a plea deal, which -- if successful -- could prevent the case from going to trial. As a result of the approved postponement, the next hearing has been set for Aug. 5.

Sting leads to charges against Florida theme park worker

It is the greatest place on Earth, unless you are an accused sex offender. That is what one Florida man has discovered about Walt Disney World, his former employer, after he was charged with child pornography sex crimes. The man pleaded not guilty to charges of traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sexual activity, along with allegations of soliciting a child for sexual acts. The man is just one of dozens of Disney workers who have been accused of sex crimes against kids in recent years; in all, 32 area theme park employees have been convicted since 2006, with some representing Universal Studios and SeaWorld.

The man in this case argues that he was attempting to protect the fictitious 14-year-old girl who was soliciting sexual encounters online in Lake County, Florida. It turns out that the encounter was a ruse set up by area police officers; those who arrived at the girl's supposed home were taken into custody. The man tells officers that he intended to call authorities when he arrived at the girl's home, and that he never wanted to harm her or commit any sex crimes.

Alleged domestic violence by 'Talladega Nights' actor

Charges of domestic violence can be allotted to anyone, including actors and actresses. Recently, Luke Bigham, who starred in "Talladega Nights," was charged with domestic violence harassment for an argument between him and his mother. He allegedly shoved his mother into the stairs. His mother, who admitted she was in pain when the police arrived, refused medical attention.

Bigham apparently has also been in other trouble lately. In June, he was involved in an accident where he was excessively exceeding the speed limit. Two passengers, as well as Bigham, suffered injuries in the accident. He turned himself into jail and was released later after a $1,000 bond was paid.

Justin Bieber goes to trial for Florida DUI

Just Bieber, who has risen to fame as a pop star out of Canada, was pulled over and arrested in Miami Beach earlier this year. Police said that he was driving under the influence, and he is now set to go to trail for those charges. The arrest happened on January 23, and the young singer was just 20 years old at the time.

Bieber was not the only performer who was named by police in the case. Allegedly, there was an R&B singer in another vehicle near him, and the police stated that they thought that the two cars were illegally racing. The other singer was also given DUI charges. Both he and Bieber decided that they would plead that they were not guilty of those accusations.

Florida man with extensive record assaults girl in Walmart

A man in Florida who has a list of arrests for sex crimes has recently found himself facing more charges after he allegedly touched a girl while in a local Walmart. Most recently, the man was allowed to leave prison in the summer of 2013. This event could end up putting him back behind bars again if he is convicted.

According to authorities, the entire thing was recording by the various security cameras in the department store. It appears that the man followed the girl, perhaps establishing an intent to assault her. He then touched her the first time, and she went to another part of the store. The man allegedly tracked her down there and touched her again.

Orlando car dealership employee arrested for drug trafficking

Drug trafficking charges in Florida can result in serious consequences. Minimum sentences for drug trafficking, depending on the amount, can range from three to 25 years. Just being charged, innocent or guilty, can ruin your reputation and be expensive in numerous ways. In addition, under RICO, which is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, your assets and even your home could potentially be seized if suspected of being purchased with drug money or through drug activity.

A good defense is a must if you are charged with possession, conspiracy or trafficking narcotics or drugs. You will need an attorney who is willing and able to challenge the evidence and accusations presented by the prosecution team. An aggressive defense may be the only chance you have of keeping your life intact.

Police officer arrested for possible prescription DUI offense

A police officer has been taken into custody on charges of drunk driving in Florida. The officer, who is employed by the Daytona Police Department, was arrested in the very same city after she lost control of her personal vehicle and crashed it into a ditch. Fortunately, neither she nor anyone else suffered injury in the incident, but the Mustang she was driving was damaged on its left side.

The crash and arrest occurred on a recent Thursday evening at approximately 11 p.m. According to the arrest report, the woman failed to negotiate a turn. When officers arrived on scene, the allegedly woman smelled of alcohol and was walking unsteadily.

Man accused of assault charged with domestic strangulation

A Florida man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly violated a protective order against his wife and attacked her on June 15. The defendant, age 50, apparently got into an argument with the woman over the no-contact order, which was related to a previous allegation of domestic abuse. The defendant is accused of domestic strangulation after apparently choking the woman until she became unconscious.

The alleged victim in this case was able to leave the premises, even though the man apparently choked her into unconsciousness twice during the encounter. The woman was also shoved into a mirror, causing her to suffer a painful laceration. The defendant is accused of aggravated battery, domestic battery by strangulation, kidnapping and violating his conditions of pretrial release.

Florida requies car seats through age 5

Instituting new restrictions on the public is usually a bad idea.  However, the Florida legislature and Gov. Scott certainly go this right.  Until today, Florida only required children through age three to be in car seats.  The new law requires kids to be in either a 5-point harness or use a booster seat until their 6th birthday.

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