Melbourne, FL (December 2, 2018) - Police arrested a 25-year-old woman in Melbourne on Friday, November 30th. According to reports, Lamishia West requested that an Uber driver respond to the area Saxon Street to pick her up. West asked the driver to take her to a home on Lipscomb Street. The driver then began to travel towards Lipscomb before stopping at Church Street and Main Street. The driver told West that he did not feel comfortable going to Lipscomb Street because he had previously been a victim of a crime at that location.
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 Attorneys
In 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 (888) 484-5057.