On behalf of The Law Office of Gustavo E. Frances, P.A.
People occasionally have disagreements. Much of the time these disagreements are just temporary or never amount to anything. However, in some cases, people can get physical. Fort Lauderdale residents should know that when this happens, they can face criminal penalties.
In fact, two bouncers at a Fort Lauderdale bar are facing criminal charges following an incident with customers. According to reports, the bouncers attacked the patrons after customers complained about their drinks. The incident was videotaped by other onlookers. The video shows the bouncers punching and kicking the customers, even as they lay on the ground.
Police are still investigating the incident but decided to press charges after the video when viral on the internet and several other patrons of the bar complained. One of the bouncers is facing a misdemeanor charge — specifically a misdemeanor battery charge. The other bouncer has been charged with felony aggravated battery. Both bouncers have lost their jobs as a result of the incident. The bar’s owner has claimed that conduct like this was not condoned by the establishment.
The men who were attacked by the bouncers are also facing criminal charges for disorderly conduct.
All criminal charges are serious, even misdemeanor charges. As can be seen in this case, even allegations of a misdemeanor are sometimes enough to get people fired from their job. These charges could also result in jail time, fines, and other criminal punishments.
While sometimes fistfights seem harmless, people need to understand that charges are a possible outcome. When people are charged with misdemeanors as a result of a physical altercation, people need to defend themselves. Defenses — such as self-defense — may be available. These defenses can help people reduce or eliminate the charges and the potential punishments.
Sun Sentinel, “Dirty Blondes Beach Bar In Ft. Lauderdale Upgrades Security After Bouncer Beat Down,” Ihosvani Rodriguez, Aug. 7, 2013