Swamp People star Joe LaFont, more commonly known as Trapper Joe, was arrested on Wednesday for domestic violence in Orange County, California. While specific details have not been released to the public, it appears LaFont was arguing with his girlfriend and police were called to the scene. He is being held in police custody on a $1,500 bond.
The California Penal Code classifies domestic battery as a misdemeanor offense. If convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery, LaFont may be imprisoned in a county jail for up to one year, forced to pay a fine of no more than $2,000 and be placed on information probation for three years. Aggravated battery and other forms of domestic violence carry different penalties, which a criminal attorney can break down for clients accused of this offense. Penalties and the classification of such crimes vary on a state-by-state basis, so speak to a local lawyer for advice.
This is not LaFont’s first time dealing with the police this year. He and step-son Tommy Chauvin were involved in a five-car accident back in April. Both LaFont and Chauvin escaped the accident unharmed, but three other individuals were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police responded to the scene to take an accident report and participate in the cleanup.