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Man faces criminal allegations for DUI and assaulting an officer

People can sometimes be combative when they are arrested and decide that they want to resist arrest. Any type of assault on a law enforcement officer will cause innumerable problems that must be addressed with a strong criminal defense.

A 25-year-old man is in this situation now after he was arrested on multiple offenses following an altercation with a law enforcement officer. The incident began around 1 a.m. when police were called about two people who were drinking in a parked vehicle. The man who was arrested was behind the wheel. The engine was running. He was believed to be under the influence. Officers attempted to place him under arrest, but he allegedly shoved an officer who fell on the ground. There was a struggle, and the man was arrested as a result. Both parties had minor injuries. Police claim the man initially gave a fake name but later discovered his identity and charged him with DUI, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, and providing false identification.

A conviction for DUI can result in jail time, fines, lost driving privileges, and damage to an individual's reputation. When these charges are compounded by criminal allegations of resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer, the matter can result in a longer jail sentence and a drastically changed life. Prosecutors take assaulting law enforcement seriously, which means that those who are confronted with these charges must remember that they have legal rights that need protecting. Perhaps the officer did not adhere to protocol and failed to adequately provide identification that he or she was an officer. Or there could have been a misunderstanding. Having legal assistance may help draw out these issues which, in turn, can combat the criminal charges levied against an accused individual.

While these charges are serious, this accused individual should not give up and accept a conviction. Instead, he should consider the possibility of a plea bargain or an outright acquittal. Regardless of the situation, people who are in this type of circumstance should bear in mind that they might be able to craft a criminal defense and get a reasonable result. A lawyer experienced in criminal cases can help with this process.

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