Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Police Use Taser on Houston Man Breaking into Parents' Home

Relationships between parents and children often can be strained. The generational divide provides battles that go back to the ancient Greeks and the Old Testament of the Bible. Maybe dad is disappointed because his son was never a star football player. Mom may want her daughter to study music, but her offspring insists on pursuing a degree in anthropology. On a more serious note, addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause heartache and distrust in families that can last a lifetime. It is unclear if any of these factors were at play on Monday morning when a son was tasered after breaking into his parents' home.

A resident of southeast Houston broke a window and destroyed a door in his efforts to get inside his parents' residence. My assumption is that the mom and dad were not strangers to difficulties with their son, as they chose to call 911 knowing that their own child was the one responsible for the destructive entrance into their home. The arrival of police officers apparently was not enough to deter the son from ending his violent pre-dawn activities. He proceeded to put up a fight and made the last in a series of unwise decisions when he grabbed the flashlight of one of the officers.

The police were forced to subdue the man with a Taser and, in his weakened state, the unwelcome son was finally arrested. He now faces charges of trespassing and resisting arrest. At this time, it is unclear why the man was trying to get inside his parents' home as well as what was the source of his violent behavior. I imagine that all of those details will be shared with a Houston judge soon enough.

There are certainly heightened emotions at play when a crime is committed within a family. Victims are often conflicted between holding a loved one responsible for his actions and protecting him. At Bertolino LLP, we have defense attorneys who are experienced and ready to handle these delicate relationships. If you have been accused of a crime, by your parents or just a stranger on the street, please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office for assistance today.

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