Florida Man Arrested for Throwing Oreos at Wife
People need to take stock of how they communicate with each other. Some people yell, scream, and throw stuff when they get angry. Being aggressive with your spouse over trivial issues is obviously not a good idea and can lead to criminal charges.
This is what happened to a 70-year-old man from Florida. The man was arrested after throwing a package of Oreos at his wife and knocking her over.
The Lake County man purportedly became aggressive when he and his wife had an argument about the coffee maker not having any water in it. The man hit his wife in the chest with Oreo cookies and knocked her down. He then allegedly put his hands around his wife’s throat as if he was trying to choke her.
The incident wasn’t reported until the next day, when the couple’s daughter convinced her mother to press charges. The man faces a charge of felony domestic battery on a person 65 years or older. According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the woman suffered no obvious injuries.
The man was interrogated by law enforcement and that was when he admitted to throwing the Oreo cookies at his wife. However, he claims to not have any memory of the throat-grabbing episode.
The man’s criminal history revealed a conviction for misdemeanor battery in 2005. It is unknown if his wife was the victim. The couple has been married for more than 40 years.
What is Considered Battery?
Under Florida law, battery occurs when a person intentionally touches or strikes another person against their will or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person. So with battery, there needs to be intention involved. For example, if a person is in a grocery store and accidentally hits a shopper with their shopping cart, this would not be considered battery unless the person was acting with criminal recklessness.
The act of battery does not require the victim to be severely injured or traumatized. Any type of touching that the victim considers harmful or offensive can be sufficient. For example, if a person pours a mug of hot water on someone else, this could be battery. In this case, the man threw a package of cookies at his wife, which caused her to fall over. While she was not injured, the act was still deemed offensive to a normal person.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Throwing cookies at someone in a fit of rage may seem like an almost laughable incident, but it can be charged as assault or battery, as seen in this case.
Has someone touched you in an inappropriate manner or without your consent? If so, contact a Bradenton assault lawyer from Cahall Law Firm. We can help you determine whether you have valid civil claims against the assailant. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form or call (941) 281-2019.