In the heat of the moment, it is easy to act in a manner that isn't appropriate. When this involves breaking or damaging other people's property or harming people, criminal charges might sometimes be filed. In a case stemming from an incident that occurred this past February, a man was facing three criminal charges. Iowa residents might be interested in learning about how he ended up only pleading guilty to one charge that wasn't one of those three.
The incident leading to the charges occurred when the 28-year-old man went to the home where his child's mother lived. He kicked in the door to the home, which caused damage. The woman and her boyfriend were home at the time.
After kicking in the door, the man ended up getting into an altercation with a man. He attacked the other man and the fight continued for several minutes. The 28-year-old man then left.
Originally, the man was charged with a serious misdemeanor of criminal mischief in the fourth degree, an aggravated misdemeanor of stalking and a Class B felony of burglary in the first degree. In a recent turn of events, the man plead guilty to an amended charge of a serious misdemeanor of assault causing bodily injury.
The man, who has prior charges for domestic abuse, must now pay a $3,500 fine and spend 60 days in jail. This man might have had to face more serious consequences if he wasn't able to plead guilty to the lesser charge.
Anyone who is facing criminal charges has the right to offer a defense. In this man's case, pleading guilty to the lesser charge was apparently preferable. Knowing your options for pleading and understanding how the laws pertain to your case would likely help you to decide how to handle your case. This is usually best accomplished via the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer.
Source: Muscatine Journal, "Man gets jail time for assault," Sarah Tisinger, June 26, 2014