Being charged with a violent crime can have serious consequences, like hefty fines and jail time. One 28-year-old man was recently charged with assaulting an officer, in addition to other crimes, after police were called to the scene of a car accident in northern Iowa earlier this month.
During the crash investigation, the 28-year-old man was given a preliminary breath test, which indicated that he had alcohol in his system. At some point during the investigation, the man punched the officer in the face. Shortly after, the officer brought the 28-year-old man to the ground and shocked him with a stun gun. The man allegedly escaped, which prompted a search. He was later arrested and taken to jail.
The man was charged with OWI, driving with a revoked license from a previous OWI, unsafe turning, interference with official acts with infliction of serious injury and assault on an officer with intent to seriously injure. The deputy who was punched was treated at an area hospital for injuries to his neck, face and hand.
Anyone charged with a violent crime, like the man in this incident, has a right to hire a criminal defense lawyer. In an incident like this, a defense team may examine what prompted the man to punch the officer, and whether or not the officer needed to use the stun gun in attempt to detain the man.
When someone is facing multiple charges, chances are he or she may be facing multiple penalties associated with those crimes. It is important for those being charged to be aware of their rights and make sure a full investigation examines all aspects of an incident involving a violent crime.
Source: The Des Moines Register, "Sheriff: Drunk man punches northern Iowa deputy in face," Katherine Klingseis, July 8, 2014