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Saint pete violent crimes defenseFrom the Washington Post, it looks like troubled singer Chris Brown is starting 2016 like he ended 2015…with allegations of a battery and yet another police investigation.

Talented but troubled pop/R & B singer Chris Brown is now being named a suspect of an alleged battery of a female fan in Las Vegas.  This comes right after his history of violence caused his overseas tour to be canceled along with a canceled television appearance.

In his latest incident, after Chris Brown performed in a Las Vegas nightclub, police received a call from the alleged victim.  The woman claimed that Chris stole her phone and hit her after she tried to take his picture.  By the time police arrived at the Palms Casino Resort, Brown had fled.  As of the time of this writing, he is a suspect in a misdemeanor battery and petit theft.

The singer has not commented on any allegations other then a cryptic instagram photo of himself with a caption that read “I’m going to be hella rich after all the lawsuits I file from these crazy individuals who keep lying on my name…”.

A spokeswoman for the singer has called the allegations completely false and said the alleged victim was escorted out of a private after-party for being disruptive.  Once kicked out of the party the woman began threatening people and slamming her purse to the ground.

The spokeswoman further claimed that the victim has a history of making false accusations.

As for Chris Brown, he is perhaps most well known for his beating of Rihanna, a fellow singer.  Brown pled guilty to assaulting her in 2009 and photos of her badly beaten face were all over the internet.  Despite the injuries, Brown only received probation.  He quickly violated probation by punching a man in the nose in Washington.  This led to multiple anger management programs, a few months in jail and a major lawsuit.  Not learning his lesson, Brown continued feuding with fellow singers Frank Ocean and Drake. Continue reading

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While megastar Justin Bieber has vowed to get clean and stay out of trouble, his latest legal troubles may put his promise to the test.

Last Thursday in a tiny town in Canada, Justin Bieber plead guilty to assault and careless driving that involved an incident with photographers and his then girlfriend Selena Gomez.

The incident, that took place August 29, 2014,resulted in a plea bargain when the government reduced a dangerous driving charge in exchange for a guilty plea. Justin Bieber intentionally drove a four-wheel ATV into a van two photographers were using to stake him out at his family’s rural property, according to an agreed statement of facts.

The pop star then started to hitt one of them, Todd Gillis, 47, who said he was able to fend off the tiny singer who was yelling at him to leave.

Bieber landed multiple punches on Gillis through the window of the parked van.
While Justin did not hurt the large photagrapher, he was sore in his shoulder afterwards and most likely received a large settlement from Bieber in order to agree to the reduced charges.

In a surprising twist, the photographer was also found guilty of trespassing on Justin Bieber’s family home, which set the above events in motion.

Justin, for his part, appeared via video from his California criminal defense attorney‘s office. He was fined $750 for the careless driving and his assault charges were dismissed. It was unclear if he had to participate in a pretrial diversion program in order to secure the dismissal.

On the day he got arrested, he and his then girlfriend Selena Gomez took an ATV that seats two people, one in front of the other, to the nearby home of a family member. They were on vacation and it was reported that they were driving on roads with no helmets. Meanwhile they were being staked out by two photographers both established paparazzi who had shot them before.

Selena Gomez drove on the way out, but Justin Bieber drove on the way back, and spotted the photographers parked in a driveway up ahead as he approached his own driveway. He drove at them, intentionally colliding with the front right side of their van. The police were unable to determine where exactly the impact occurred, whether on or off the highway, but there was evidence that the van, previously parked, had been moving forward at the moment of impact.

After crashing into the van, Justin immediately raced up and started to batter the photographer.

His criminal charges were dropped, in part, because at the time of this incident, he had no other criminal record. Since this incident, he has had several run ins with the law in both California and Florida. His publicist had no comment after this latest incident and his twitter feed was unusually quiet as well.
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pinellas violent crimes attorney.jpg From ABC news. Dustin Diamond, aka “Screech” of Saved by the Bell fame, was arrested in Wisconsin. His charge? Battery with a deadly weapon.

The 37-year-old actor stabbed a man in a Wisconsin bar in where he claimed he was defending his fiance. In addition to the battery complaint, he was also charged with disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon.

The actor and his fiance were both arrested after the bar fight in Port Washington, Wisconsin. She was charged with disorderly conduct and released. He was released on bail after posting a $10,000 bond.

Details are still coming out but Screech’s criminal defense attorney has made a brief statement to the news: “Dustin has absolute faith in our legal system. We are confident that the truth will ultimately prevail … Dustin appreciates and respects the work of the Port Washington Police Department and its efforts to keep the community safe.”
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Police were called out to a bar late Thursday after receiving reports of a man stabbing another man and then leaving the bar. A folding knife with an almost 4 inch blade was recovered in Dustin’s car the next day.

While being interviewed by the police, Dustin kept changing his story. He would either claim a pen or a knife was in his hand. He told the police that there was a large group of intoxicated people that were being rude. He then claimed that his girlfriend got into a fight with another woman and he had to defend her from a large group of people. He then said that he never intentionally stabbed anyone but was only defending his girlfriend.

Dustin, who had a court date inearly January, was arrested after police spoke with the bartender, multiple witnesses and the victim, who was stabbed in the armpit.

After “Saved by the Bell” went off the air in the 90’s, Dustin’s career has suffered. He starred in a few spin-offs of the show as but he had alienated his co-stars after publishing a negative book about the behind the scenes shenanigans. He has most recently been linked to drugs and his ill-fated porn video “Saved by the Smell”.
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A police department in the state of Washington is investigating Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch for assault and criminal mischief allegations.

The local police were quick not to jump to conclusions. Per the police spokesman: “At this point, this is only an allegation. We haven’t even confirmed that he was there, so it’s very early on in this investigation. Everything that we can confirm is in the news release”.

While details are still murky, the incident might have taken place early Sunday morning in a woman’s Bellevue apartment. The woman claimed that the football player threatened a battery against her and then damaged some of her things.

The police were quick to note that no sexual assault or domestic battery was suspected.

As for Marshawn Lynch, the timing could not be worse for the three-time Pro Bowler. Lynch last year led the Superbowl champion Seahawks with over 1200 rushing yards. There were many insiders who had hoped that a superbowl ring would mature the trouble-proned running back.

He had previously been suspended three games in 2009 by the NFL commissioner for a weapons charge. Then just two years later, he was arrested for a DUI.

Despite his past, it is important to remember that these newest charges are mere allegations at the time of this writing and he has yet to be charged.
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Pinellas battery defense lawyer.bmpLast time we wrote about soccer star Hope Solo, it was as a victim of domestic violence. Now it is her turn to be a criminal suspect. From CBS news online,

Olympic soccer star Hope Solo was arrested for assault and domestic violence this week against her 17-year-old nephew and and her sister according to police.

The charges resulted from a 911 caller who said a woman was “hitting people,” Washington police said. The caller also said Solo wouldn’t stop or leave the house where the alleged assault took place.

When police arrived, they found Solo intoxicated and emotional. Further investigation found injuries on the boy and her sister. Solo was determined to be at fault.

She was booked into jail early Saturday morning where she remained over the weekend until first appearance court on Monday.

The ex-Olympic soccer legend is now the goalkeeper for the Seattle Reign in the National Women’s Soccer League.

In 2012 Hope was involved in a criminal battery case with he NFL tight end husband. She declined to prosecute, married him immediately and charges against him were later dropped.
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Pinellas dui defense lawyer.jpg We had mentioned pop star Justin Bieber’s DUI arrest in a previous blog post. By now, the whole world knows about his arrest for driving under the influence and his disaster of a deposition for his upcoming civil suit he took. There is now an update on his criminal cases.

After being charged in Miami, Florida for a DUI, resisting arrest without violence and a No Valid Driver’s License (NVDL), Justin Bieber finally gets a trial date.

A judge has set trial for May 5 as the singer had previously pled “Not Guilty” to the charges. Per both the prosecutor and his criminal defense attorney, no offer has been made on the case.

There had been a previous trial date but it was continued due to publicity surrounding Bieber’s urine test that was caught on video.

The defendant and Khalil Sharieff, another singer, were arrested in January for closing down a street to race sportscars. Police investigated and later made an arrest on the above charges. There are several interesting angles in this story. Bieber’s blood-alcohol content was below the 0.02 level for underage drivers. However he underwent further tests which found marijuana and Xanax in his system, potentially complicating his defense.
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Pinellas dui defense lawyers.jpg This story has broken wide open in the past 24 hours. To the chagrin of tweens everywhere, pop star Justin Bieber has been arrested in Miami on a multitude of charges. Will the defense of “he is too dreamy to be guilty” be enough?

It has been a rough few years for Justin Bieber. Perhaps desperate to change his bubble gum pop image, he has begun to act out. First there was photos of him smoking marijuana. Then a police search warrant for his house turned up cocaine. Now in his latest stunt, Justin was arrested for a DUI in Miami early this week.

The singer of “Baby” and other pop hits was clearly not using his head. He had his entourage close down a street in Miami so he and his friend could drag race a rented Ferrari and Lamborghini! The locals were not amused. Police were called and when they arrived they found a high Justin Bieber after allegedly consuming a large amount of alcohol, marijuana and prescription pills.

Per published reports, multiple cars were used to block traffic on Pine Tree Drive for the drag race. One of the people that was blocking the street was Justin’s 38-year-old father! Officers on the scene noticed signs of impairment on Justin.

Per the police report, the arresting officer said, “I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating from the drivers breath and bloodshot eyes. The driver (Justin Bieber) had slow deliberate movements and a stuper look on his face. The police report can be read in full here.

The pop star did not help matters by reportedly cursing out the police and failing to follow directions. He was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest without violence. His friend and fellow drag racer was also arrested for driving under the influence.

Once at the police station, Justin was reported to be cooperative. He volunteered to undergo a drug test and a breathalyzer.

The next day his first appearance in front of the judge also went well. He was released on $2500 bond, a standard amount in this type of case.

Justin was not the only victim of his own carnage. A last minute report out of Miami mentioned that up to four police officers were suspended for escorting Bieber and his entourage to a strip club!
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dui 3.pngFrom USA Today online, the Washington Huskies star tight end, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, was suspended from the football team after his weekend DUI arrest.

According to head coach Steve Sarkisian, the football star will be immediately suspended from all team activities while the university completes its investigation. This most likely means that Mr. Seferian-Jenkins will not be able to finish spring football.

After Tuesday practice, head coach Steve Sarkisian released a brief statement. Sarkisian said the university “will make the decisions necessary based on our team rules and our school’s policies that are fair to him and fair to us, and we will move forward and we will support him,”

According to the Seattle police, the suspect was involved in a one-car accident Saturday night. Officers found the suspect outside his car, disheveled, with a bloody nose and he showed signs of being impaired. He was then arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Austin made second-team All-PAC Ten honors last year after his 69-catch, 850 yard performance. Only a junior, he is already his school’s all-time reception leader for tight ends. He is also a finalist for the Mackey award, given annually to the nation’s top tight end.

As of the time of this writing, Austin’s punishment is unknown. However it is a safe bet that he will be on the field August for his team opener.
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j and hope.jpgA late breaking story on ABC news, former soccer goalie and sex symbol Hope Solo was a victim of domestic violence from her boyfriend/fiance, former NFL bad boy Jerramy Stevens.

According to public sources, the former Seattle Seahawk’s tight end was arrested the day before the couples wedding on suspicion of assault. A Kirkland county Judge later released Mr. Stevens, saying their was not enough evidence to hold him. For her part, Hope Solo arrived in court but did not say a word, leaving before talking to the Judge or the press. Per the police, charges may be brought at a later time as more evidence develops.

The athletic couple, who had been dating for two months, had allegedly gotten into an arguement about whether to live in Florida or Washington. hope solo.jpg

Police in the Seattle suburb arrived at the couple’s house around 3:45 a.m. on a call of a domestic disturbance.

Per the police report, there were several intoxicated people at the party and no one would cooperate with the police. The ex-NFL player was determined to be the guilty party based on circumstantial evidence and Hope Solo appeared to have a cut on her elbow, leading to the domestic assault charges. Jerramy Stevens also admitted to the police he was fighting with Ms. Solo and blood was found on his shirt. Hope Solo’s brother told police that there was a disturbance at the party started by several unknown men who left before the police arrived.

Besides Hope, another woman was taken to the hospital with a hip injury and a man had several cuts and bruises on his body.

This arrest is just the latest set back for Jerramy Stevens. The former first-round draft pick had one or two good seasons but is widly considered a bust, both on and off the field. He first received negative attention when he was charged with reckless driving for crashing into a nursing home!

He then began a whirlwind of arrests including a DUI charge in Arizona and another reckless driving.

His most recent arrest took place in 2010 while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was arrested for possession of marijuana the night before a game and was immediately kicked off the team.953593-domestic-violence-callout.jpg
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cee green.bmpSinger and “The Voice” judge Cee Lo Green has been accused of sexual assault according to TMZ.

An unamed source claims that the woman, who has been dating Cee Lo Green (real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) has filed a complaint with the Los Angeles police department. The LAPD has taken the allegations seriously, going to a downtown L.A. restaurant where the crime allegedly occured and interviewing several of the wait staff.

The singer has denied the allegations, calining he has not been to the restaurant in months and nothing tokk place “there or anywhere else”.

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