Lindsay Lohan was arrested recently for Battery, after someone allegedly tried to steal her purse. Lohan hurled a racial slur at the apparent culprit, who responded with a barrage of colorful comments of her own. Lohan then reportedly punched the woman in the eye. She was subsequently arrested for Battery. People close to Lohan believe that she is drinking heavily. Lohan has a long, documented history of substance abuse that has led to a equally long string of arrests.
In Nevada, Battery is a Violent Offense that is punishable by up to six (6) months in city or county jail. Many people believe that, to get arrested for Battery, you must engage in a fight. But, much less serious contact can also result in a Battery arrest. Small but offensive touching, such as a pinch, poke or push can form the basis of a battery charge.
Drugs and alcohol are involved in a large percentage of the cases in the Las Vegas court system. In some cases, intoxication can be a complete defense to a criminal offense. In other cases, intoxication can mitigate (or lessen) the punishment for a particular crime. When indicated, numerous types of drug and alcohol treatment can be made available to offenders through the Las Vegas courts. These treatment programs range from short, educational Internet classes to intensive in-patient and out-patient programs.
If you or someone you know is charged with Battery or another drug or alcohol-related offense, it is important to contact a Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney right away. The Las Vegas Criminal Defense Lawyers at Brown Law Offices can assist you in analyzing the facts of your case, identifying applicable defenses and developing the most aggressive defense strategy possible to protect your legal rights.