We’ve all heard about the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. A mob of Trump supporters stormed the capitol building. The aftermath led to injuries and deaths and threatened the security of lawmakers at Washington, D.C.
One of those involved was a Maryland man who assaulted a police officer. The Clarksburg man now faces assault charges. As of January 9, 43 people were arrested in the attack, including a shirtless man wearing a horned helmet and a man seen carrying Nancy Pelosi’s lectern.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department were trying to keep protesters under control when the 26-year-old man hit a police officer with a lacrosse stick. Police officers hit him with batons. He was then taken down and handcuffed. The man said he was hit four times.
The man was taken to a local hospital with a head injury, although police claim they did not hit him in the head. He was treated and released the following day.
The man had also brought a knife to the attack to protect himself from an attack from Antifa. He later apologized to police for his actions and admitted he was “being an idiot.” On January 7, a misdemeanor assault charge was filed against the man.
Assault on a police officer is typically a serious charge . Those who harm or threaten a police officer will usually be charged with a misdemeanor. Most cases of assault are punishable by 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. When you assault a police officer, the fine doubles to $5,000.
Alternative sentencing is a possibility in some cases, especially if the police officer was not injured, Probation and anger management courses are often available alternatives.
Many assault cases are fueled by alcohol. It is unknown if alcohol was involved in the U.S. Capitol case, but all those involved were fueled by their support for President Donald Trump. Trump had allegedly told them to storm the U.S. Capitol and his supporters obeyed him. This is a very unusual and complicated case that could even result in impeachment or criminal charges for Trump.
In any case, having a charge of assault on a police officer on your criminal record is not desirable. If you get in trouble in the future, it will likely work against you. It could also be detrimental in other ways, such as employment and other situations where a background check is required.
The recent incident at the nation’s capitol building is a serious event that will be ingrained in our memories for a long time. Those involved in this incident will likely face serious criminal charges.
Those accused of assault and similar crimes need aggressive representation. The Columbia assault lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can defend you from the charges you face. Call (410) 774-5987 or fill out the online form to schedule a free consultation. We have two offices to serve you.
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