The legal system is something of a mystery for the general public. The closest exposure the vast majority of people in Virginia Beach have with it is likely having watched episodes of "Law & Order" on television.
When someone does get caught up in the criminal justice net, for whatever reason, it can be an anxious time. The uncertainty over what might happen in the face of criminal charges can lead a person to feel like they've lost control of their lives. To recover control, someone facing criminal charges should always be contacting an attorney.
We suspect that an attorney's advice played a role in how things have played out since an alleged assault took place last week.
It took place early Tuesday morning. Police say an officer pulled a driver over in the 500 block of W. Plantation Road at about 2:15 a.m. The details of what followed aren't clear, but the police report says the driver got into a tussle of some sort with the officer.
After a struggle in which the officer is said to have suffered minor injuries, the suspect driver fled. A warrant for the man's arrest on a charge of felony assault on an officer was issued.
The 28-year-old suspect surrendered himself later that same evening, avoiding any other possible confrontations. Police say he was booked on suspicion of assault, and a charge of resisting arrest was added, as well. At last word, the suspect was still being held at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.
There are many questions that deserve to be asked about this entire affair. Was the traffic stop that launched it justified? What were the circumstances that led to the alleged scuffle between the officer and the suspect?
Answers to these and other questions are likely to be critical to determining what outcomes are possible and what steps are required to achieve the outcome desired.
Source: WTKR.com, "UPDATE: Man arrested for assaulting police officer during traffic stop in Virginia Beach," Holly Henry, Aug. 21, 2013