Dolphins Player Arrested for Aggravated Battery
According to the Sun-Sentinel, authorities arrested Miami Dolphins backup defensive end Phillip Blaine Merling, 25, on Wednesday. He was charged with one count of aggravated battery on a victim he should have known was pregnant.
Merling is accused of hitting his wife in the head and face, her lip was bleeding as a result. Judge John Hurley has ordered Merling to stay away from his wife, who is two months pregnant with their second child.
Merling, a second-round draft pick in 2008, is beginning his third pro season after his career at Clemson. Including his arrest, four Dolphins have been arrested since early February.
Merling is out on a $15,000 bond.
Aggravated Battery Law
According to the 2009 Florida Statutes, in order for a person to be charged with battery, he or she must have:
- Intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement
- Used a deadly weapon
- If the victim was pregnant at the time
An offender who commits aggravated battery will be guilty of a felony of the second degree.
Aggravated Battery Defense
If you were charged with aggravated battery, it is important to get in contact with an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will understand the severity of the situation. Knowledgeable attorneys will have a strategy and an understanding of how to defend against aggravated battery charges.
By reviewing evidence and conducting private investigations in order to find holes in the prosecution’s case, a defense attorney and his team will be able to build a defense plan of action that can help you.
The most important piece of a prosecution’s case is the motive to hurt or injure another individual. If you had no motive to cause great bodily harm or injury to another person, the charges can be reduced or even dropped.
Contact an expert criminal defense attorney who has handled many aggravated battery and assault cases, he can undoubtedly identify the true motive behind the charge.