The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office has reported that a 27-year-old man from there was arrested late last week after a woman who was at his home had her leg impaled with a steak knife. After being called to the home, deputies reportedly found the victim with the knife stuck about an inch deep immediately above her right ankle.
The man said that he and the woman argued about cigarettes, and he threw the knife at the door of the home. Deputies reported that given the light weight of the knife, it probably wasn’t stuck in the woman’s leg from being thrown. The woman said that she didn’t know what happened. The man was charged with aggravated domestic violence. He posted a bond of $5,000 the next morning.
As per Florida Statute 741.28, domestic violence is defined as “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any other criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family member or household member by another family member or household member.”
As per Florida Statute 784.045, when committing a battery, a person commits aggravated battery when one of the following factors exists:
According to Indian River domestic violence attorney Jeffrey H. Garland, as opposed to a misdemeanor charge for a simple domestic violence charge, aggravated domestic violence can be charged as a second-degree felony which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Always remember that the prosecution has the burden of proving you guilty of the crime that you are charged with beyond a reasonable doubt. There are many defenses to a charge of aggravated domestic violence. Upon any arrest, don’t give any type of a statement or confession. Exercise your right to an attorney immediately. Contact Indian River criminal defense attorney Jeffrey H. Garland at your earliest opportunity. He’s experienced and effective, and he will completely evaluate all of the evidence in your case. After that, he’ll advise you of all of your legal options.