A father and son have both been charged with aggravated battery after they allegedly attacked a party guest for drinking their last beer. Lake County police were called to the home where they found the victim with a serious stab wound from his stomach to his back. The victim was transported to Halifax Medical Center for treatment and is expected to survive the attack.
According to police, the victim was able to give a statement while he was at the hospital. He said that the 23-year-old son and his 43-year-old father began the fight when the victim finished the last beer available at the home. Witnesses at the house were able to break apart the fight but not before the victim was stabbed. The two accused of the stabbing were not willing to talk to police about the incident.
The two men accused of battery fled the Astor home before police arrived. They were apprehended in Seminole County. They are both being held at the Lake County Jail and have been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
This story is an example of a party night gone wrong. When people are drinking, people often make poor choices that can lead to criminal charges. In this case, the two facing battery charges may face prison time, fines and a life-long mark on their criminal record.
That's why it's important to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to defend against battery or assault charges. A knowledgeable attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor that leads to a reduction in the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. While this is not possible in all cases, hiring an experienced lawyer can help you navigate the complicated criminal defense process and also ensure that you have a strong advocate on your side.
Source: Orlando Sentinel "Father Son Fight Over Last Beer," Arelis Henandez, 2/28/2011