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Orlando, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney :: Big “O” Charged with a Big “A” – Assault At a Weekend BBQ

Police arrested former NBA center, Oliver J. Miller, Tuesday for allegedly striking a man in the face with a handgun at a cookout over the weekend. He was charged with two counts of first and second degree assault.

Miller, 41, faces charges of assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and other related charges. Police were called to the cookout on Saturday around 8 p.m. after witnesses said Miller pulled out a Glock handgun and struck a 32-year-old man in the face.

The Big “O” was a first round draft pick for the Phoenix Suns in 1992 out of the University of Arkansas. He has since played for no less than 18 professional teams around the world, including the Harlem Globetrotters.

According to the Baltimore Sun, the man was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center for injuries not considered life-threatening.

Many assault charges trace back to fights that got out of control. If you are arrested for assault it does not mean that you started the fight, many times it simply can mean that the other person called the police first. When you are arrested for aggravated assault you face serious felony criminal charges. Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony that is defined as a crime of violence. This felony charge is a violent act that causes bodily harm or permanent disfigurement or disability to the injured party. Under Florida law, felony assault can be charged when a deadly weapon is used. The use of a firearm in any assault case can elicit prosecution under Florida’s 10-20-Life statute. Use of a firearm can also increase the degree of felony that is charged.

If you have been arrested for assault in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC online or call 1-866-608-5LAW (5529).

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