Fort Walton Beach Battery Charge Dismissed
Posted on Wednesday, July 1st, 2015 at 8:57 pm
For our client, T.O., life was good. He had a nice house, a good job, and he was getting ready to marry the woman he loved. What burst his bubble was a scorned ex-husband who was determined to make our client as miserable as he was. Our client was stuck in the middle of a long standing custody dispute between his fiancée and her ex-husband. While our client did everything he could for more than 7 years to stay clear of the arguing exes, one day the situation blew up right on his doorstep.
T.O. was working inside his house in Fort Walton Beach when the ex-husband charged the front door demanding to be let inside. The ex was asked several times to leave his property. Our client’s fiancée and her ex-husband were arguing loudly, and when the ex-husband lunged toward her, T.O. pushed him back and told him to leave his property immediately. The ex-husband punched our client in the face and fled the property.
Law Enforcement showed up a few minutes later and arrested our client for battery against the ex-husband. He explained to law enforcement that he was defending himself and was not the first one to charge or issue a threat.
Given the volatile relationship between these parties, the ex-husband wanted the maximum sentence. His goal was to get our client thrown in jail. Our team immediately began working on the framework for a defense that included defense of others, defense of property, and self defense. T.O. had the right to protect his fiancée on their property. They had no duty to retreat from their own property.
We prepared this case for trial and informed the State that nothing short of a dismissal would get this matter resolved. The State’s back was against the wall considering their “victim” was very angry and wanted revenge. With witnesses ready, subpoenas served, and a jury waiting in the wings, the State agreed to dismiss the case.
If you have been charged with Battery in Fort Walton Beach, call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097. We are ready to put our experience and expertise to work for you.