Violent crimes in Tallahassee will inevitably lead to an arrest and potentially serious charges. In some cases, an assault occurs as part of a dispute, in a domestic situation, when there is a robbery or as part of another series of criminal incidents. However, there are some cases in which the allegations are completely random. Regardless of the details of the case, those who are charged should be cognizant of the significant consequences they might face if they are convicted. This is especially true if the person used a weapon in the attack.
A 29-year-old man was arrested after a woman claimed he hit her with a baseball bat. The incident happened in the late afternoon after 4 p.m. The woman was jogging near a park when the man told her he needed assistance with his motor vehicle. She tried to help him and said he started hitting her with the bat. The two are not believed to have known each other prior to the incident. She fled and sought assistance from a passerby.
Law enforcement was called and she was taken for treatment. The man was found and placed under arrest. He is confronted with aggravated battery charges. According to initial reports, the man does not have a criminal history. He was arrested on minor charges for marijuana about 10 years ago. He is set to receive a mental health examination.
Being charged with battery can have a long-term negative impact on a person’s life. Not only can there be an extensive jail sentence, but there can also be fines. It can also harm the person even after the sentence has been completed because it is likely that a criminal conviction for violent crimes will need to be disclosed when seeking employment and trying to get into a school. Although violent crimes are understandably viewed negatively across the state, that does not mean the accused should not lodge a strong defense.
It is possible that the person has a mental health issue and could receive treatment instead of onerous punishments. There might be a plea bargain option available to reduce the charges and limit the penalties. Or there could be other issues that lead to an acquittal. This man is accused of hitting a woman with a baseball bat for no apparent reason. With the charges as serious as they are, a criminal defense is key. He should think about his alternatives and seek advice from a qualified legal professional.