What to do if I was charged with battery and resisting a police officer?

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What to do if I was charged with battery and resisting a police officer?

I was really drunk and got thrown out of a bar and apparently took a swing at a bouncer. Then when I got to jail I apparently resisted. I don’t remember much of the night and nothing for which I’ve been charged. I’ve never been in trouble before and have no idea what is going to happen or what to do.

Asked on November 24, 2012 under Criminal Law, Illinois

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Any time you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need to: (1) obtain a copy of the police report, and then (2) contact an attorney.  The attorney can investigate your charges, the evidence the State has against you, and any defenses in your favor.  Additionally, the attorney can negotiate with the prosecutor in an attempt to have the charges dismissed or reduced.


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