Criminal charges can be challenging for any person to endure. An Illinois man is finding this out for himself after facing a felony charge due to an altercation with a local police officer. Although the officer did not sustain any serious injury, he was allegedly bitten by the accused. That man is now facing a felony charge of aggravated battery.
Officers were responding to a call for a domestic disturbance when the incident occurred. An officer had restrained the accused during the altercation and was attempting to calm the man. However, the man bit the officer on the arm.
The officer wasn't seriously injured in the attack, but the bite did break his skin. The report does not state whether he was taken to the hospital but it does indicate that his injury was fortunately minor. The accused defendant is set to appear in court soon.
A felony charge in Illinois will likely require the man to mount a relevant defense because, if he is convicted of the offense, it is very possible he could be sentenced to jail time. The exact details of what happened in the domestic disturbance call were not explained, but the end result is that the man could have an uphill legal battle ahead of him. Knowing his legal rights in this case could only help him as he seeks to fight the charges against him. Although the officer wasn't seriously hurt, the repercussions against this defendant are definitely serious. The punishments for a potential felony conviction mean that a vigorous defense is likely a good idea in such cases.
Source: The Edwardsville Intelligencer, "Man arrested for biting patrolman," Matt Winte, Oct. 30, 2012