Bradenton, FL asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Florida

Q: I was assaulted by a Dollar tree manager as a customer, what type of lawyer do I need? Criminal and civil?

A Dollar tree manager assaulted me, threw, my cane, shove me & grabed my phone when I told her I was recording her because she wouldn't do a refund on things I had bought 2 mins. earlier w/receipt even though Dollar tree policy is to do so. As soon as I told her I was recording her she lost her mind, grabbed my phone, shoved me, threw my cane, (I had just had hip replacement surgery five weeks ago), and push me. I filed the police report & upon finding out that I did, she said she's assaulted as well- when I put my hands out to stop her from choking me as she then went for my neck. An eye witness at the store called on my behalf before I got to the police station, saying that the mgr assaulted me as well. And the detective asking for the video surveillance is being told by the manager that there's a glitch somehow, & it's only fuzzy during the 3 mins. the assault took place, she says the cameras fine before & after but isn't it funny it's just hard to see when she was assaulting me.

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Domenic J. Celeste
Domenic J. Celeste
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  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you want to sue to attempt to get some sort of monetary compensation for any injuries that you claim to have sustained, then it would be an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles personal injury cases. If you want to press criminal charges, it would be an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles criminal cases. More information would be needed to know whether you have a viable case, so you should consult with one (or both) of the types of attorneys that I mentioned above.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
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  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Actually, if you just want to "press criminal charges", you probably don't need an attorney; the government has attorneys (state attorneys, normally), who prosecute criminal cases.

Domenic J. Celeste and Charles M. Baron agree with this answer

Gregory C. Maaswinkel
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Gregory C. Maaswinkel
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  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You may have a claim for personal injuries based upon assault, battery, negligent hiring and retention, negligent and or intentional infliction of emotional distress. You should consult with an injury lawyer that charges you no fees or costs unless you win. You should also preserve your phone video and the contact information of any and all potential witnesses so that you can provide that to your lawyer for further investigation.

Domenic J. Celeste and Charles M. Baron agree with this answer

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Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
Answered
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Hire counsel immediately so a preservation of evidence letter can go out, so they wont erase any potentially incriminating video evidence. Also seek prompt medical attention to document your injuries. Contingency fee representation means you pay nothing unless you win.

Michael  Mayoral
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Michael Mayoral
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  • Coral Gables, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need a civil lawyer who handles personal injury cases. If you'd like to pursue criminal charges, contact the police or your local state attorney's office.

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