reply to post by BlesUTP
Not saying it applies to the OP. But in the role of Devils advocacy.
I have a nephew who, on his eighteenth birthday, got a bit rowdy in class at High School. His birthday is in mid December, so he was halfway through
his senior year and just a couple of days short of Christmas break. He and a female that he flirted with got into a teenage style poking match. At
some point the girl got pissy, picked up a book bag, and hit my nephew with it.
In retort he intended to toss it back at her. Toss, not throw. She moved, the book bag went past her and struck the teachers leg.
It bears mention... this teacher happened to be the lover of the married school resource officer ( cop ).
That cop arrested my nephew, charged him with three felony battery charges. The kid, at that time, had no record at all. He was rowdy, but not a lost
cause. Those three felonies were boiled down, in court, to one felony and just a passel of misdemeanors. My nephew isn't that bright so he pleaded
out to get it behind him.
Now? He is a lost cause. That began a domino effect that has seen him fall to pieces, get hooked on drugs, and, through an endless series of probation
violations, he's spent 18 months, out of the last 30 in jail. All on the original book bag related charges.
I believe in the rule of law, and have a hard time being sympathetic. But sometimes felony charges can end up on a person for no real reason. For the
love of God... I was rowdy and actually really, really, really hurt a few people in fights when I was in High School and all it ever got me was 5 days
of suspension. I honestly get stymied when I look at my 5'5", 120 pound nephew and try to even think the words "felony battery".