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Woman Faces Battery Charges After Altercation With Police

Help From a Vero Beach Battery Defense Lawyer

On December 22, a 40-year-old woman was arrested at a Vero Beach IHOP and charged with trespassing, resisting arrest with violence, and battery on a law enforcement officer. The police affidavit says that law enforcement arrived on the scene after they received a report that a disturbance was happening on the premises.

The affidavit reports that an IHOP employee said that at around 3 a.m., the woman walked in and shouted at customers. The employee asked the police to make the woman leave the premises. When police asked the woman for her side of the story, she would not provide any details. Law enforcement then issued a trespass warning and told her not to return to the restaurant or she would be taken into custody.

When the woman left and tried to get into a vehicle, the passengers would not allow it. She then went back into the restaurant. According to the affidavit, on being told she was trespassing, she became angry and punched an officer in the arm. She then fought efforts to put her in handcuffs. Police had to force her to the ground to get her to comply. She suffered a small cut on her face but refused medical attention. She was released later in the day on a $4,500 bond.

Hiring a Vero Beach Battery Defense Lawyer

Some people might assume that they have little choice but to plead guilty in a situation in which the police are involved to such a extent, but a Vero Beach criminal lawyer may be able to help. These types of charges can be serious, but there are several possible ways of dealing with them depending on the circumstances.

A Vero Beach criminal lawyer might look at several elements of the situation. If the person suffered an injury like the woman in this case did, the attorney might try to determine whether her rights were violated in any way. A Vero Beach battery defense lawyer could try to get charges dismissed or reduced or might help the individual prepare a strategy for a trial.

Attorney Jeffrey H. Garland has worked as a defense attorney for decades helping people in situations like this one. If you or someone you know has been in a similar legal situation, contact The Law Office of Jeffrey H. Garland, P.A. at 772-489-2200.