Aggravated Assault is Often Alcohol Induced
More often than not, domestic disputes and aggravataed assault cases between family members involve alcohol abuse. Abusing your alcohol tolerance can lead to several poor decisions, even decisions that can land you in jail. Even if you have consumed only one drink of alcohol, your judgment is already impaired even if it seems clear as day at the time, according to Florida Traffic School. Even one drink affects your biological processes enough that it can cause you to make poor decisions you could regret, including harming people you care about.
Alcohol Induced Aggravated Assault in St. Lucie County
Joseph Warren Hill, 54, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony. Hill picked up his son and his son’s girlfriend to give them a ride home. The girlfriend believed Hill was drunk after he began getting “vulgar and verbally abusive,” according to an article in WPTV News.
Hill asked his son’s girlfriend for gas money when they got home, and she told her boyfriend to give Hill $3 for fuel, but he refused. The girlfriend said Hill and his son argued, with Hill getting a gun from the truck. The girlfriend said she called 911 and Hill drove off in the truck.
Investigators went to Hill’s home in the 200 block of Euclid Street. Hill said all his guns were in storage in Titusville, but a deputy found a loaded .25 caliber pistol hidden in a KFC chicken bucket in the bedroom.
Hill said he’s afraid of his son and feared for his life. He denied pulling a gun from his truck. He said he’s been in “armed security” for about 17 years and was afraid of being beaten up by his son.
Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Aggravated assault itself is a serious crime. When a deadly weapon is used, or even pointed at someone, the prison time and fines increase dramatically. If you have been arrested and accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, you are going to need the serious and skilled assets a criminal defense lawyer can provide. It is important to have your side of the story represented by a professional in any case. Contact a criminal defense lawyer today.