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Assault, battery charges stem from altercation with officer

The repercussions of criminal charges can vary depending on the circumstances. Some people may not see much impact beyond the allegations themselves, and others could end up losing their jobs because accusations have come against them. Cases of assault can have the latter outcome, especially for individuals who hold certain occupations.

It was recently reported that three individuals were taken into custody in Florida after an altercation with a police officer. The accused individuals had connections with law enforcement themselves as one man was a retired police officer, the woman was an off-duty officer and a second man was also an off-duty police officer, all from out of state. The situation reportedly began when a witness called authorities about a man pushing a woman outside of a restaurant.

An officer arrived at the scene and attempted to make contact with the man and woman, who are married, but they tried to walk away. As a result, the deputy warned the man to stop multiple times before grabbing the man's arm. The woman pushed the officer's arm in attempts to help the man get free, and a second man with the couple approached and began verbally threatening the deputy. After a struggle, the officer put the first man in handcuffs, and he, his wife and the second man were all taken into custody. It was noted that the woman had been fired from her law enforcement position since the situation.

Though charges of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer are serious, the individuals accused in this Florida incident still have legal options. If they wish, they can take the time to explore the best possible avenues for creating and presenting criminal defenses to the specific charges brought against them. Becoming more knowledgeable on the state's criminal legal proceedings may also prove useful to them.

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