Fewer incidents garner as much media attention as an unsafe college campus. This is especially true in the wake of middle and elementary school shootings, and the call for schools of every level to be safer. If one positive can come out of instances of assault, abduction, and campus violence it is to raise awareness among the students. A heightened awareness of possible crimes means people start looking out for each other, and injuries resulting from violent acts decrease.
The No Gator Stands Alone is one such initiative, designed to bring students together at UF. The program is the result of the following:
- Four incidents of assault were reported, starting August 30.
● The instances of assault total a short ten day period.
The program saw speakers such as the UF Chief of Police and student body president and gave pointers on remaining safe, and how to combat an attack. Suggestions include walking in groups, and fighting back with noise when attacked. The goal is to raise awareness and hopefully prevent future incidents. Programs such as this are important, but when circumstances arise requiring defense of an accused, it is just as important that the accused is given a fair shake and permitted to present a solid defense. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys are adept at balancing social concerns with legal requirements and work hard to reach appropriate results.
If you have been arrested for a crime, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer aggressive representation for criminal charges. The first visit is a free initial consultation. Call us today to schedule your appointment.
It has already been shown that what you post on social media may later be used against you. Law enforcement officials around the country are turning to social media posts more and more to find evidence of crimes. A selfie at a bar posted moments before a DUI arrest can do wonders for the prosecution’s case against you, and threats you post may help lead authorities to your door when the victim of your rant shows up badly bruised.
Now, a new turn in the realm of social medial and its impact on crimes. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving social media giant, Facebook. The case goes like this:
● In 2010 Facebook user Anthony Elonis posted comments about killing wife.
● Elonis did not stop with comments directed towards his wife, he also targeted an FBI agent in his online posts.
● Elonis claims the nearly word for word copy from a satirical comedy group was nothing more than “art” and is protected free speech.
The highest court in the land will now get to decide the issue. And, their ruling could have far reaching implications. Typically, in cases of threats, the test is not whether any actual injury occurs, but whether a reasonable person would be in fear of an injury. Prosecutors are taking a hard line on this case, given today’s climate of cyber stalking and bullying. The argument is instances like Columbine and Sandy Hook can be avoided if threats of violence are taken more seriously. Whatever the outcome, criminal defense attorneys across the nation will be watching the case with interest. It is our job to stay on top of changes in the law, and keep up with trends. Continually educating ourselves on important legal issues is how we best help our clients.
If you have been arrested for on criminal charges, call a criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for more information. Contact our office to schedule a free initial consultation. We build a defense that fits your case and the legal climate, and advocate for favorable result.
Some things always seem to go together. Batman and Robin, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, and assault and battery, right? Except just like soap and water are two different things; assault and battery are two components of a common crime often lumped together. Competent criminal defense attorneys are quick not to assume where there is smoke, there is fire, and are capable of crafting aggressive defenses for charges of assault.
An assault is legally defined as an act that includes an intentional threat of:
● An act of violence
● By one with the ability to assert violence
● Accompanied by an act that creates a fear that the action will be carried out
A conviction for assault is a second degree misdemeanor conviction. As with any criminal conviction, your record is affected and casts a negative light on you in your future endeavors for things like employment and other privileges. To minimize the effect an arrest for assault can have on your record, call an attorney specializing in criminal defense for help. Also of importance is the possibility that if an assault occurs between family members, the crime can be classified as domestic violence. Charges of domestic violence make it difficult to maintain a stable home for your family, and you may face the possibility of a lack of contact with your children.
Safeguard your record and protect your rights as a parent by calling a criminal defense attorney that knows how to fight charges of assault. Take a proactive position for your future, and call to schedule an appointment. We offer an initial free consultation for criminal defense matters and always treat you with dignity and respect.