When a person is accused of a crime in Virginia, he or she must often make difficult decisions. Because these decisions may require a great deal of legal knowledge, the average person may be unprepared to make them. One man may be unsure about the best course of action now that he faces a criminal charge of attempted murder.
The alleged incident that led to the man's arrest reportedly began just before 9:30 one night in February. According to reports, a police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop after he claims he noticed an equipment violation described as minor. After the stop, the officer reportedly determined the driver's identity but claims that the man did not comply with his request to turn the car off.
The officer claims that the car accelerated when he reached for the 44-year-old driver. He further asserts that the driver did not obey his commands to stop the car, and he was ultimately dragged approximately a third of a mile on the interstate. The car eventually drifted onto the shoulder where the officer says he turned off the ignition. The driver, reportedly a man wanted on a charge of a probation violation, allegedly told the officer that he faced 16 years in jail that had been suspended and could now be ordered to serve.
The man faces multiple charges as a result of the alleged incident. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with resisting arrest and eluding arrest, among others. Because of the seriousness of the accusations against the Virginia man, the decisions he makes now as part of his criminal defense will likely have a significant impact on the rest of his life. Most people facing a criminal charge want to ensure that they are prepared to make informed decisions about their cases, prompting them to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Source: richmond.com, "Stafford man charged with attempted murder after driving on I-95 with deputy hanging from car", Keith Epps, Feb. 13, 2017