An arrest warrant has been issued for Franklin Barazarte, a TV host in the Dominican Republic who doused magician guest Wayne Houchin’s head in flammable cologne which caused him to catch fire, leaving first-and second-degree burns on the magician’s face and hands.
The incident took place on Approach the Stars, as Barazarte told Houchin and other magicians appearing on the episode that he wanted to bless them. He then rubbed Houchin’s head with Agua de Florida — a flammable fragrance used in Santeria, causing his head to become engulfed in flames.
Many times, people make mistakes like playing what they feel are practical jokes that actually have negative consequences for all involved. If one has been arrested for Assault, Battery, Aggravated Assault, or Aggravated Battery, one may be facing serious criminal charges with substantial penalties and possible jail time if convicted.
Many Jacksonville simple assault and battery charges are the result of fights that got out of hand. Just because one was the person arrested does not necessarily mean that one caused the incident. All the arrest means is that the other person called the police, or law enforcement simply decided to arrest all parties and sort it out later. Many times however, the charge may be aggravated or escalated as well.
Under Florida Statute §784.045, An Aggravated Battery is a second degree felony, exposing one to a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine. A Battery becomes an Aggravated Battery if during the battery, one intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement, or uses a deadly weapon. Also, a person commits aggravated battery if the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant.”
The law enforcement for each individual county throughout the State of Florida, particularly Duval and the surrounding area, spend an extreme amount of money on extradition cases. When possible, the courts prefer to allow the individual to voluntarily return to Florida and avoid the expense of extradition. Fighting the extradition is particularly important in violation of probation cases.
More likely than not, if one is being sought after by police on a fugitive warrant, one will eventually be arrested. While awaiting extradition, one will be required to sit in jail. However, an experienced Jacksonville warrants/extradition defense attorney can petition the court to temporarily withdraw the warrant so that one can be released from jail in the other state, and then voluntarily drive oneself to Florida to surrender directly to the court to resolve the case.
If one does nothing, one may be arrested when one least expects it, as a police officer will arrest one if he or she discovers the Jacksonville Arrest Warrant. If one is in a similar situation, one should obtain an experienced attorney to have the warrant or capias recalled and if the warrant is invalid, be able to show that warrant’s invalidity.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: Arrest Warrant Issued For TV Host Who Set Magician’s Hair On Fire, Radar.com