March 3, 2016
New Case Determines Who Is or Is Not a Convicted Felon

In West Palm Beach, if you are arrested and go to trial there is a possibility that without the right defense you could be convicted of a felon. It’s important to have all the information and hire a professional Florida Defense Attorney. The Florida Supreme Court recently published a case having to do with the […]

May 22, 2013
Even Felons Who Have Guns Illegally Can Claim Self-Defense

  In the case of Aaron Little versus the State of Florida, Mr. Little was charged with committing the crime of second-degree murder with a firearm.  Little filed a motion to dismiss his case in which he argued that he shot the victim in self-defense and was therefore entitled to claim immunity from prosecution because […]

October 2, 2011
Minimum Mandatory Sentencing and the Federal Crime of Being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm

           It is a federal crime for a convicted felon to be in unlawful possession of a firearm.  The maximum sentence for that crime is typically 10 years in prison.  If, however, a convicted felon has three prior convictions for a violent felony or serious drug offense when he unlawfully possesses […]

January 23, 2011
You Cannot Be Guilty of Aggravated Assault Unless You Are Also Guilty of Assault

            If you have been charged with assault or aggravated assault in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Belle Glade, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, or Wellington, call me, attorney Ron Chapman, at […]

January 16, 2011
Aggravated Battery and the Use of Guns

           The crime of aggravated battery is committed when a person commits the crime of battery and in the process either:             1.  Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or             2.  Uses a deadly weapon.   […]

April 10, 2010
When Are the Police Not Allowed to Search Your Car?

          I previously wrote an article on this website entitled "U.S. Supreme Court Modifies Search-Incident-to-Arrest Exception to Warrant Requirement" in which I discussed the case of Arizona v. Gant.  In that article, I stated that:             "[The Gant decision held] that the police are authorized to search a vehicle incident to a recent occupant's […]

September 20, 2009
Double Jeopardy and Dismissal of Charges

          The Double Jeopardy Clause, which is contained in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, states that no person shall "be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb."             The Double Jeopardy Clause is designed to protect individuals accused of committing crimes against the […]

August 25, 2009
Domestic Violence and Possession of a Firearm

          It is common knowledge that it is illegal for someone who has been convicted of a felony to possess a firearm.  But what is not so commonly known is that it is also a federal crime for a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to possess a firearm. […]

August 13, 2009
Deportation and Criminal Convictions

          A criminal conviction (which includes a withhold of adjudication) can have serious ramifications pertaining to the deportation of someone who is not a United States citizen but who wishes to remain lawfully in the U.S.           The Immigration and Nationality Act sets forth various criminally-related grounds for deportation.  Some of those grounds are: Crimes of moral […]

July 11, 2009
Murder and Principals

BODY:           Earlier this week, Palm Beach Post writer Susan Spencer-Wendel wrote an article entitled "She's guilty of murder, but shooter's free" in which she recounted how a young woman named Ashley Ramirez was convicted of robbery and first-degree murder with a firearm even though the jury who decided her case found that she did fire […]

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