A few weeks ago, a 19-year-old woman from Port St. Lucie was arrested for battery because she shot at her boyfriend with a water gun. According to law enforcement, witnesses said that the boyfriend was playing videogames in his room when his girlfriend started to yell, which was followed by sounds of a fight. The woman herself said that her boyfriend had uttered something that bothered her, causing her to shoot water at him, after which her boyfriend poured water over her and landed a hit with a pillow. The two kept pushing back and forth, but neither of them were said to have been injured in the dispute. Because witnesses heard the boyfriend yelling "Get off me!", the police decided the girlfriend was to blame and arrested the woman, on suspicion of simple battery/domestic violence.
For this squabble, a woman is facing a charge that could carry the sentence of up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, if it is treated as a first degree misdemeanor. Even being charged of battery and domestic violence will look very poorly on her personal record, even if the charges end up getting dismissed.
The results of this case are yet to be seen, and more details may still surface that will shed light on the event and the resulting charges. In the meantime, if you or someone you know faces any criminal charges, especially any charge of a violent offense, then you need to act swiftly to defend against the severe penalties the charge could entail. An undeserved conviction would affect you long after any sentence was served, as a criminal record could forever come between you and a good job or even a nice place to live. Find out how an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney can defend your freedom and reputation.
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