When rescue workers arrived they requested police backup because Thomas acting aggressively. When officers arrived they learned that Thomas was yelling to get out of the ambulance and grabbed an EMT’s hands. The ambulance stopped due to Thomas’s behavior. When the doors opened, Thomas stepped out of the ambulance, pulled down his pants and urinated.
Thomas continued yelling at paramedics and demanded money for a bus pass before running off. Police were able to apprehend him and he was charged with felony battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT and indecent exposure in public.
Tallahassee Violent Crimes LawsA person accused of felony battery on an officer, firefighter or EMT is a third-degree felony which is punishable by up to five years in prison. While a regular battery is a misdemeanor, when a battery is committed against an officer, firefighter or EMT the charge becomes a felony. This is an example of one of the special status violent crimes in Florida.
A victim has special status under our law when they are specifically listed as a protected person in our statutes. Other protected status victims often include children, women, handicapped individuals and the elderly. Crimes involving special status victims are often treated more seriously by prosecutors and judges and the punishments increase accordingly.
If you have been charged with a violent crime in Tallahassee, you need an aggressive defense to the charges. Because you are looking at prison time, substantial fines and years of probation, it is important to hire an attorney who can look for mitigating factors and defenses that can apply to your case at the earliest possible stages.
At Musca Law, we bring over 150 years of combined Florida criminal defense experience to your case. Our attorneys will work with you to plan the best strategy to eliminate or reduce the impact that a violent crimes charge can have on your life.
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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.