A Michigan man is accused of interfering with the attempts of a law enforcement officer’s efforts to arrest him. The 18-year-old man now faces two felonies for alleged attempts to resist and obstruct police officers, and he is also accused of assault and one domestic violence misdemeanor count. Reportedly, each offense could lead to a prison sentence for as long as two years and possible fines of up to $2,000.
The charges arose from an alleged incident in which the accused man allegedly assaulted a 27-year-old female who refused to give him marijuana. Officers responded to a domestic violence report to find only the alleged victim who described the attacker and the direction in which he left the scene. Law enforcement recognized a man who matched the description of the alleged attacker.
According to the police chief, who was the first officer at the scene and the one who recognized the alleged offender, the man refused orders to get on the ground. The officer eventually managed to get the accused on the ground despite the man’s continued efforts to resist arrest. Only after the arrival of backup officers did they managed to cuff the accused and get him into the police vehicle.
The sensible step for anyone in Michigan who faces multiple counts of felonies would be to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At that stage, the accused individual is still innocent, and only if and when the prosecution can prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt can there be a sentence. An attorney can assess the allegations and the evidence in order to build a strong defense strategy.