Four Arrested After Group Brawl in South Beach Miami
Miami Beach Police responded to reports of approximately twenty alcohol fueled fights breaking out between teenagers and young adults throughout the day on Monday, February 18, 2014. As a result, four people, including one juvenile, were arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Disorderly Intoxication.Police stated that approximately 500 to 1,000 teenagers and young adults, who were off from school for President’s Day weekend, were moved by officers from the beach when fighting broke out, to the intersection of 7th and Collins, where the fighting continued. Witnesses reported that the majority of the fights started with little or no instigation and that multiple objects were thrown by brawlers. Witnesses also noted that police were required to use pepper spray to control the crowd. Reports indicate that similar fights involving teens and young adults also took place in Fort Lauderdale on Monday.Teenagers or young adults facing charges of Disorderly Intoxication require the professional services of a Miami Disorderly Intoxication defense Attorney like Kenneth Hassett, Esq. Hiring a Miami criminal defense lawyer immediately upon arrest offers individuals the best chance to challenge the charges the State Attorney presses in criminal court.For instance, even if an individual admits to drinking an alcoholic beverage to police, the admission alone is not enough to prove Disorderly Intoxication beyond a reasonable doubt. For the State Attorney to prove Disorderly Intoxication, he or she must prove beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) the criminal suspect was intoxicated (2) and that he or she endangered the safety of another person or property. In the alternative, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt: (1) the criminal suspect was intoxicated or drank any alcoholic beverage in a public place and (2) the criminal suspect caused a public disturbance. In order for the State Attorney to prove a suspect was “intoxicated,” the State Attorney must show evidence that the suspect was so affected from drinking alcohol that he or she has lost normal control of his or her body, his or her mental faculties or both. When you hire a Miami Disorderly Intoxication defense lawyer, your lawyer will apply the facts and evidence in your case to the legal requirements set forth by Florida criminal law.
While every individual has the right to represent him or herself in court, your ignorance of the law can cost you. Kenneth Hassett has been a Disorderly Intoxication defense lawyer since 1991, and has the expertise necessary to handle your criminal defense matter. If you or someone you know has been charged with Disorderly Conduct or Disorderly Intoxication, contact the law firm of Miami crminal defense lawyer Kenneth P. Hassett right away at his main office telephone number: (954)791-3939.