On Dec. 17 at approximately 3:00 p.m., a 45-year-old Winter Park man reportedly opened a bottle of champagne in order to console himself about issues that he was having at his place of employment. Less than 24 hours later, the man found himself needing to prepare a criminal defense.
According to the police, the man was blasting John Lennon songs in his home while drinking champagne. He reportedly drank two bottles of champagne and passed out. According to police, a woman with an undisclosed relationship to the man entered his home. She told police that she attempted to turn down the music and help carry the man to bed. She then claimed that he attacked her with a telescope. Reports indicate that the man swung the telescope first at the wall and then at the woman, causing her to fear for her life.
The man was taken into custody after midnight on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery. While at the Winter Park Police Department, the man suffered a black eye when he fell. He later allegedly told police that he had consumed a lot of alcohol and did not recall many details of the incident.
When a person gives a statement to police outside the presence of his attorney, it may be possible to file a motion to have the statements suppressed if the person was not advised of the right to remain silent. A criminal defense attorney may also be able to seek to negotiate a plea bargain where some criminal charges are dismissed by the prosecutor in exchange for a guilty plea on others.
Source: Orlando Sentinel , “Police: Drunken man threw telescope at woman after drinking champagne, listening to John Lennon“, Desiree Stennett, December 18, 2013
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