Battery on Elderly – Charges Dropped

Case

State v. M.R. ; Case No. 562011CF001279 (St. Lucie County)

Category

Violent and Gun Crimes

Arresting Agency

Port St. Lucie Police Department.

Verdict

Charges Dropped

Our client was falsely accused of hitting his grandfather. There was an argument in the home over something trivial, and our client's grandfather tripped over a pile of clothes. He got angry and called the police, telling them that his grandson had pushed him and struck him. All of this was a lie, but because our client left the house to get away from an escalating situation, he never got the chance to tell his side of the story. Without doing a thorough investigation, the police falsely arrested our client. We called for a meeting with the prosecutor on the case, which was granted immediately. We pointed out the serious flaws in its case, including a complete lack of physical corroboration and a very persuasive witness that saw the whole thing happen. A witness that the police never even bothered to track down.  After our discussion, the State decided not to proceed with prosecuting our client and a No Information was filed in the case.