West then allegedly became angry with the driver, who offered to take her home on an alternate route. When West refused, he asked her to get out of his vehicle. That is when West allegedly punched the driver in the face repeatedly and attempted to prevent him from calling 911.
When police arrived, West told them that the driver had attempted to push her out of the car before she hit him in the face. Based on evidence gathered at the scene, West was arrested and charged with battery on a person 65 or older and tampering with or harassing a witness.
She was placed in the Lee County Jail under a $7,000.00 bond. She later posted the bond and was released.
Melbourne Assault AttorneysIn Melbourne, assault on a person age 65 years or older is a first-degree misdemeanor which is punishable by a term of up to 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000.00. If the assault is aggravated or a firearm is used, the crime becomes a felony and is punishable by a minimum term of three years in prison.
When you have been charged with a violent crime in Florida, the penalties can be harsh. In cases where the alleged victim enjoys a special status, such as being elderly, being a law enforcement or school official, the punishment is enhanced. Prosecutors take a tougher stance with crimes involving victims who have special status under the law.
If you have been charged with an assault or any type of violent crime, it is important to retain experienced legal counsel at the earliest stage of the process. The attorneys at Musca Law have years of experience assisting clients who are facing serious violent crime charges all across our state. For a free consultation regarding your situation, please call us at 800-687-2522.
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Disclaimer: As members of the local Naples and broader Florida community, we hope everyone in our community is safe and protected. We cover the events included in this blog as a way to offer support to the victims in similar circumstances and to provide relief during these difficult times. However, this information should not be misconstrued as legal advice, and you should speak with a trained legal professional for more information regarding your situation.