Assaulting a Police Officer
Assaulting a police officer can have serious consequences for you. This crime carries more serious penalties than assaulting a regular civilian, because a police officer is a public servant and considered a protected person. To learn more about this crime, read on.
You are guilty of assaulting a police officer if you cause physical injury to an officer by:
- Throwing objects such as rocks at an officer.
- Use of mace.
- Use of tear gas.
- Throwing paint, dye, etc. at an officer.
- Throwing bodily fluid at an officer (feces, urine, blood, saliva).
Assaulting a police officer is a class C felony. If you face this charge, it is in your best interest to contact a criminal defense lawyer to try to fight this charge. A criminal defense lawyer can try to establish a defense for your situation. For example, if you assaulted someone not realizing that he or she was a police officer, this can constitute a defense. While you will still get charged with assault, you may not get charged with assaulting a police officer if you assault an off-duty officer or someone that you did not realize was a police officer. This can reduce the charges and potential consequences that you face. Other defenses might be available for your situation, so contact a lawyer to learn more.