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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 […]

March 15, 2011
When is a Knife Not Considered a Weapon?

          Jeffrey Browder was charged with committing the crime of possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon in the case of Browder versus State of Florida.  The "weapon" that he had was a folding knife with a blade less than four inches long.  The blade of his knife was folded into […]

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.   […]

November 3, 2010
Concealed Weapons and Traveling on Airplanes

           I recently represented an individual who, while going though security at Palm Beach International Airport, was stopped because he had a Smith & Wesson Tactical Pen in his carry-on luggage.  According to the police report, it was "a metal pen that is made for stabbing."  (I think Smith & Wesson […]

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 […]

December 16, 2008
Self-Defense and the Right to Bear Arms

          The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution states that "[a] well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of District of Columbia v. Heller […]

November 2, 2008
When is a Fork a Deadly Weapon?

          In the case of C.A.C. v. State of Florida, the Second District Court of Appeal was asked to decide whether a fork is a deadly weapon in a case in which the accused individual was charged with committing the crime of aggravated battery.           The accused, who was ten years old, stabbed another child two […]

February 16, 2008
Students, Be Careful What You Take to School

For several years it has  been the law in the United States that if the police illegally seize someone, then any contraband that the police find on that person--such as guns or drugs--cannot be presented at that person's trial.  This is sometimes referred to as the doctrine of the "fruit of the poisonous tree." However, when […]

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