71 year old Pennsylvania man William Moody had a bad day. Just this past Friday Moody became enraged when a good samaritan parked in his driveway so as to render aid to a victim of a nearby accident. According to a report, the samaritan only blocked Moody in for 10 minutes, a 10 minute period just before Moody intended on going to eat. Needless to say, Mr. Moody became "hangry" and proceeded scream at both the good Samaritan and officers who attempted to calm him down. Despite their efforts, Officers ended up being pushed and ultimately had to dodge a good looking set of dentures launched their way. Upon officers attempting to arrest the very moody Moody, it is alleged that he feigned a heart attack only to have officers remove the handcuffs. They were repaid with more abuse, ultimately culminating with Moody throwing his false teeth at them when they arrived at the police station.
Clearly somebody should have given this man a Snickers. Had that occurred it is very likely none of this would have happened as we all know we aren't ourselves when we're hungry! Instead, Moody will be charged with a slew of violence and resisting arrest charges in his home State of Pennsylvania. Because Florida is awesome, this type of thing happens here with regularity. In Florida, under this fact pattern, Moody would be charged at minimum with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. Battery on a law enforcement officer is generally a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Generally speaking, a battery on a law enforcement officer is nothing more than an actual and intentional touching of another against their will or an intentional touching that causes harm and the victim is known to be a law enforcement officer. A Tampa criminal attorney can often mount a mitigating defense that the accused had no idea the victim was an officer. If successful, the battery on a law enforcement officer charge would likely go away, resulting in a total acquittal or a conviction for a misdemeanor count of simple battery. Unfortunately for Mr. Moody, if these officers were wearing a uniform, were in a marked car, or identified themselves as officers, his goose is likely cooked. From the appearance of the dentures Mr. Moody could be lucky he isn't being charged with assault with a deadly weapon or an act of terrorism due to the funk on his chops. Time will tell on that...
From the sound of it Mr. Moody was quite the grouch when officers attempted to arrest him. In fact it sounds as if he became violent when officers attempted to subdue him. I believe most Tampa criminal lawyers would agree his actions would hypothetically give rise to a valid charge of resisting arrest with violence contrary to Florida Statute 843.01. According to the report it appears that Mr. Moody resisted an officer in the lawful execution of a legal duty by inflicting violence upon the officer. If convicted in Florida of this charge an individual would be facing a third degree felony charge.
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