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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Resisting And Obstructing A Police Officer- A Common Charge

Let me start by saying this- a police officer's job is very dangerous. I never underestimate that. It is well known that the two most dangerous calls for a police officer are domestic disputes and car stops. When I was a District Attorney, I can't tell you how many times a police officer told me "Thank God I had a back up officer that night". However, at times there are police officers that request the same charges be filed against individuals- resist, obstruct or delaying a police officer. It reminds me of the school teacher who consistently had behavior problems with the students in their class every year.


My client was found not guilty at trial of resisting and obstructing a police officer in Mecklenburg County District Court this week. The police officer in my case was actually involved in another case that day involving the same charges- resisting and obstructing. The judge found the defendant not guilty in that case also. Both cases involved passengers in vehicles. The police officer was also the back up officer in both cases. Two independent cases with the same charges; two not guilty verdicts. The alleged resist and obstruct in my case related to my client not placing his right hand in the handcuffs. However, my client had already placed his left hand in the handcuffs and was just trying to put a pack of cigarettes in his right hand back in his pocket.

Bottom line, you can be accused of a crime when you were doing something completely innocent. Here is the latest police video making rounds on YouTube- assault on a police officer by blowing bubbles! Watch the female officer next to the male officer- she looks totally embarrassed by the police officers actions.

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