If I’ve been charged with Aggravated Assault on a police officer because he fell into a hole while looking for my friends, can I beat this?

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If I’ve been charged with Aggravated Assault on a police officer because he fell into a hole while looking for my friends, can I beat this?

I’m 20 years old. Some friends and I where exploring an abandoned jail and spray painting inside. As we where about to leave through the small hole we squeezed through to get in, the police showed up. My friends ran back insidebut I gave myself up thinking that the charges wouldn’t be that bad. When I came out, I was cooperating with the officers and did what I could to help them find the others. While the cops where trying to find an alternative way of getting into the jail to look for my friends, one of the officers fell into a hole and broke his leg. Should I speak with a criminal law defense attorney? I’m in Essex County, NJ.

Asked on August 29, 2010 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney.  As is usual, you and the others were "grouped" together to file the charges against and you may in fact be held responsible under the law, depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding the injury to the police officer.  This could be a very serious charge to you and you need behind you someone who knows how to help you stand out from the crowd, so to speak, and differentiate what happened to your benefit, if possible.  You are 20, not a child anymore.  You will be charged and sentenced as an adult.  Start thinking about consequences when you act.  Good luck.


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