UPDATE: Charges against Chattanooga domestic violence attorney to be dismissed
A Chattanooga criminal attorney, arrested for domestic assault, will have the charges dismissed under several conditions.
UPDATE: The domestic assault charge against criminal defense attorney Walter Biggs will be dismissed pending good behavior.
Last week, District Attorney Neal Pinkston agreed to the charge being dismissed if Biggs wears an ankle monitor for 11 months and 29 days and has transdermal monitoring, which measures a person's blood-alcohol level.
Judge David Bales also lifted the order keeping Biggs and his girlfriend apart. Biggs’ girlfriend asked the judge to drop the no-contact order.
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According to court documents obtained by Channel 3, 36-year-old Walter Edward 'Rip' Biggs II was arrested Monday. He is accused of assaulting his girlfriend.
Police were called to a home on Signal Mountain on November 10. An arrest affidavit reveals Biggs' girlfriend told police he came to the home intoxicated and the two got into an argument. She said the argument turned physical and "Mr. Biggs slammed her shoulder and arm in the fridge as well as threw her to the ground." She said she did strike Biggs back. She said Biggs broke her phone and left before police arrived.
The victim had a cut to her arm and bruises.
Last year, Biggs was charged with assaulting a man at a Chattanooga law office, striking him in the face. Biggs pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of offensive touching. He was ordered to pay more than $600 in fines and perform 100 hours of pro bono legal work involving domestic violence cases.
According to Biggs' website, his office represents clients on "criminal matters such as DUI, Domestic Assault, Illegal Drugs, Theft, Burglary, Robbery, Sex Offenses, Homicide and more."
He was released on a $750 bond and is due in court on the new charges on December 3.