Q: I have a battery charge pending against me from my previous employer "Florida State Hospital". I am innocent what to do?
A male resident/inmate got out of controlled and pushed me down after he was attempting to punch me in my face I swung my arm out and started knocked his hand down whenever he tried to hit me in my face. This resident has sent me to the hospital before and the hospital did nothing as far as follow up on my injuries or filing necessary paper work. I missed a lot of days of work because I was afraid of the resident and unhappy with my job. After I swung back at the resident I was fired. However I did receive unemployment compensation. If this man attacked me first and has attacked me before, don't I have rights to protect myself especially when the employer doesn't act on it? What was I suppose to do let him hit me in my face? Before the employer fired me I requested to view the video tape of the incident and no one would comply with my request.
Only the State can charge you criminally with battery, so it's not your employer charging you. If you have a criminal charge pending against you then you need to hire a criminal defense lawyer to fight the case for you.
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