From an article on the New York daily news website, the former member of the 80’s and 90’s hip hop group “Public Enemy” was arrested in Las Vegas on a charge of felony domestic battery.
The 53-year-old rapper turned “Flavor of Love” reality TV star, legal name William Drayton Jr., was booked into the Clark county jail. His domestic violence arrest stemmed from an arguement with his fiancee and threatening her teenage son with a knife (an aggravated assault).
As a St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer, I obviously don’t deal with Nevada criminal law. However in Florida, domestic battery is specifically emphasized by the legislature. Florida Statute 741.28 deals with domestic violence and reads as follows:
“(2) ”Domestic violence” means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member”.The Florida legislature has statutes for each of the above listed crimes. However, if the crime occurred between family members or even lovers living together, it is considered domestic violence. In Pinellas county, misdemeanor domestic violence cases have their own division and courtroom (Division R). This allows for specialized prosecution as well as the development of uniques “domestic violence” fines and punishments. This “specialization” of domestic violence charges are also being done in Hillsborough, Pasco and most other Florida counties.
Have you or a loved one been arrested for domestic battery? Then call the Pinellas criminal defense lawyers of Blake & Dorsten, P.A.! These former prosecutors have handled hundreds of domestic violence cases successfully. Let them help you get your life back, call them at 727.286.6141 or contact them by clicking the link.
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