According to an arrest affidavit, an argument the Friday following Thanksgiving ended with a woman receiving burns to her face. The Fort Pierce woman was taken to Orlando for treatment of her second- and third-degree burns to 90 percent of her face. James Germany, her companion, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
Germany said that the woman would not stop smoking and drinking Tequilla simultaneously and that her hair ignited when he tried to light her cigarette for her. The couple was watching the Virginia-Virginia Tech college football game the day after Thanksgiving in a motel room. The woman alleged that Germany poured alcohol on her face, ignited it with a cigarette lighter and hit her. She claimed his actions were the result of the football game and made no further comment.
Unjust battery arrests are common on today’s world. Sometimes these arrests are valid, other times they aren’t. For example, a person who restrains a drunken spouse from driving with an infant child in tow may find themselves charged with battery. A case similar to the above involved a husband who was arrested for restraining his bi-polar wife from cutting herself.
Prosecutors of those charged with unjust battery often try to take the cases to court with no investigation other than the police report. This report can be biased, as the police are there only to arrest the people they think need to be apprehended, whether the arrest is warranted or not.
Battery charges are often part of an alleged domestic violence case. Sometimes a battery charge is used to gain custody of the children or to gain an advantage in a divorce. These charges are also used as a form of backstabbing.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge, a person accused of battery could be faced with up to 12 months in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. This figure does not include court costs. A person charged with battery could lose certain rights and privileges, including the right to keep and bear arms.
Because battery charges carry a stiff penalty, it is important to retain the services of a reliable and competent Fort Pierce battery defense lawyer as soon as possible. If you or someone you know has been charged with simple battery or aggravated battery, contact our firm today at 772.489.2200. We look forward to matching you with an experienced battery criminal lawyer that can defend you in court.