Last month, Orlando, Florida criminal defense attorney Scott Herman secured a deal for a Villages line dance instructor who had been accused of punching another woman at a town square that will allow her to avoid prosecution.
Janet Hilgenfeld, 64, of the Village of Winifred, was accused of punching a 54-year-old Villager on Aug. 7 at Spanish Springs Town Square. She had been at the square line dancing with friends when the incident occurred. Janet admitted to police that she had hit the woman and was issued a notice to appear in Lake County Court to answer to a charge of misdemeanor battery.
She was also banned from Spanish Springs Town Square for a month.
Scott lined up 12 witnesses willing to testify that Janet had been taunted by the woman who had invaded her space. He then met with the prosecutor’s office and pointed out that Janet had a spotless record. They agreed to allow Janet into a pre-trial intervention agreement. The agreement states that she must take an anger management class and once she completes the class, the case will be dismissed.
Scott Herman, speaking on behalf of Janet, says she is happy to be putting this behind her.