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Use of Force in Defending Property is Very Different from Self-Defense in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

There are a multitude of stories in the news about individuals claiming self-defense to fight criminal charges when they were attacked by someone else. “Stand Your Ground” and the “Castle Doctrine” are defenses available when you use force to protect yourself or another person from bodily harm. Fewer stories about defense of property in… Read More »

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What’s the Difference Between Assault and Battery Under Florida Law?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Though assault and battery are often used interchangeably, and are commonly assumed to be the same criminal offense, these are actually two distinct crimes under state law. The Florida criminal code contains the essential definitions, but the language can be very complex. If you were arrested for assault, battery, or both, the best way… Read More »

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Comparing Florida’s Simple and Aggravated Assault Laws

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

While the term “assault” is often accompanied by the word “battery,” it is actually a distinct crime under Florida law. There is a lot of confusion surrounding assault offenses because of the fact that you do not need to actually come into physical contact with the victim to be arrested. Another aspect of assault… Read More »

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Most Florida Crime Down In 2017; Rapes On The Rise

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A recent report on crime in Florida is encouraging, revealing 2017 to be the lowest rate since officials began maintaining such records 47 years ago. According to a May 22, 2018 article published by Southwest Florida’s NBC News Channel 2, the total crime dropped by 4.5 percent and the numbers from nearly every classification… Read More »

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Aggravated Assault Charges in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A 911 call for help ended under bizarre circumstances, as the man who summoned help acted aggressively toward responding officers and was shot as a result. The call came into Plant City, Florida police around 5 a.m. on July 6, 2017, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The driver of a car claimed that… Read More »

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Manslaughter Charges for Daytona Man Who Fatally Punched Woman

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

A bar fight turned deadly near the International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach, when a man punched a woman in the face after being kicked out of the establishment. According to a police statement published in the Orlando Sentinel on May 2, 2017, the incident occurred because the man made unwanted advances toward the… Read More »

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Huge Bond Set in Abuse Case: Florida Woman Must Post Cash

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Another bond hearing marks the most recent development in the saga of a Florida woman, who is facing hundreds of abuse and sex crimes charges she allegedly committed upon her foster, adopted, and biological children. A reported by The Sun Sentinel, the accused was arrested in July 2016 in Cape Coral, prompting officials to… Read More »

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The Gender Battles: Female Felons Join the Ranks

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Media and entertainment has dictated the way that we as a society perceive “criminals” and “felons”. The movie and TV industry has painted a portrait that portrays the qualities and characteristics that resonate with us and the images that we have in the mind’s eye when we think of violent criminals. Generally we think… Read More »

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HIV-Specific Criminal Laws Contemplated by Florida Supreme Court

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The HIV/AIDs epidemic has had profound impact on all aspects of our lives since the 1980s when the virus was originally discovered. Since its discovery, the way in which medical professions teach us to protect ourselves has had an influence on our not only our sexual education, but also aspects of hygiene in the… Read More »

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Trust and the Law III: Journalist Privilege and Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Advocate

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

There have been a couple recent blog entries – Trust and the Law and Trust and the Law II, which have outlined the role that trust within our relationships with other people is protected by the law. The purpose is to protect specific relationships from the scrutiny of the court system because our society… Read More »

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