Olympic champion gymnast Paul Hamm was arrested for
assault, criminal damage and defrauding livery last weekend in Ohio. Reports indicate
that Hamm was highly intoxicated when he punched and kicked a cab driver,
damaged the cab and tried to skip out on the fare. Hamm admitted on tape
that he had approximately eight (8) drinks and told the officers "I'm
going to kill you guys." Ohio State fired Hamm, who was working as
an assistant gymnastics coach, just days after the arrest stating that
Hamm's behavior failed to meet the high standards that the University
requires of their coaching staff.
In Nevada, punching and/or kicking another person is considered Battery.
Battery is ordinarily considered a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six
(6) months in jail. However, taxi drivers are an extremely vulnerable
population. Therefore, a Battery on a Taxi Driver is considered more serious
and is classified as a gross misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to
one year in city or county jail. In Nevada, damaging a cab would be considered
Malicious Destruction of Private Property. Malicious Destruction of Private
Property can be treated as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amount
Alcohol is a common factor in many criminal offenses. However, intoxication
can also be a defense to some criminal offenses. Specifically, if a crime
requires that the offender have the specific intent to commit a crime,
extreme intoxication that renders the person unable to form that intent
can be a defense to the crime.
If you or someone you know is charged with Battery, Malicious Destruction
of Private Property or another alcohol-related offense, it is important
that you contact a
Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. A Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyer can assist you in analyzing
the facts of your case, identifying appropriate defenses and developing
the most aggressive defense strategy possible to protect your legal rights.