Yesterday, I wrote an article on this Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney Blog. It was called Jacksonville Domestic Battery and Violence During Christmas. I read an article about a violent altercation between a man and woman in Jacksonville Beach FL. Due to the fact that the physical altercation was between a man and woman, I believed that there was a good chance that this was a Jacksonville domestic violence case. In order to have a Jacksonville domestic battery case, the man and woman involved in this altercation do not need to be married. They must be considered family or household members. The definition of family or household member can be found in Florida Statute 741.28. The Florida domestic battery law states:
“‘Family or household member’ means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.”
In the Jacksonville Beach case, we now know that the man and woman were roommates. Jacksonville Beach Police were dispatched to a home in Jax Beach. They were called to check on a woman that may be in danger. “While investigating, the officers were attacked a man and who was only subdued after a Taser gun was deployed. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center and then transported to Shands.” (News4Jax.com) He was placed under arrested for three counts of Jacksonville aggravated assault on law enforcement officers. These are felony crimes.
“Rescuers say the woman inside the home had life-threatening injuries. She was taken to Beach Baptist, then transferred her by air ambulance to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center.” We still do not know if the man has been charged with any other crimes against this woman. The names of those involved have not been released to the public. His charges may range from Jacksonville aggravated battery to attempted murder. If the woman does not make it, the man could be charged under Florida’s homicide laws.
He should not talk to anyone except his Jacksonville criminal lawyer. I am sure that the police are investigating this case and building a case against this man. His defense must do the same by talking to witnesses and examining all of the evidence.