Below Deck star Ross Inia might be held legally accountable for his drunken antics last year in West Palm Beach, Florida. At first, prosecutors decided not to file charges against the New Zealand native. But on February 12th, barely a month after the initial review, the case was reopened. The charges adjusted instead.
Ross made headlines in December of last year. He was arrested after a night of partying with Below Deck Mediterranean bad-boy Joao Franco. The Season 6 bosun was in an altercation with two other men. Then law enforcement arrived to break up the fight. Then, Ross allegedly attacked the police officer. He also issued verbal threats.
The charges Ross accumulated at the time of the incident included battery on a law enforcement officer. He also got in trouble for harming a public servant. These are both felonies. He even received a misdemeanor count of disorderly intoxication. The disorderly intoxication charge remains undisputed.
Fortunately, prosecutors downgraded the more serious charges. According to an article by Starcasm, battery on a law enforcement officer was replaced with misdemeanor battery. The judge reduced the other felony charge to a misdemeanor. Ross will still face a count of resisting an officer without violence.
The next legal step will take place at the deposition hearing set for April 22nd. The case remains open.
Ross hasn’t made any official statement about his arrest. At the time of the Below Deck Season finale, Ross expressed a desire to amend past behaviors and bring his family together. Surely there would be personal ramifications from such a messy public arrest. In addition to the legal ones, of course. Hopefully, Ross is back on track to achieve his goals.
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