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Prince George's County man charged with assault on cops

A Hyattsville man was charged this past week with fleeing from police and then trying to hit them with his car. According to reports, the Prince George's County man was spotted driving at a high rate of speed. Shortly thereafter, with Montgomery police in pursuit, the man passed two other officers at the scene of a stabbing. These officers motioned for the man to stop when he allegedly tried to hit them with his SUV.

He fled into D.C. where he was eventually apprehended with the help of the Metro Police and the Secret Service. Apparently, other occupants of the vehicle alleged that the driver purposely drove towards the officers in an attempt to hit them with his car. Currently, the man is charged with two counts of first-degree assault. Given the allegations, however, he may need to present a criminal defense to attempted murder charges.

While the criminal law in Maryland is well-developed, prosecutors still have a lot of discretion in determining what charges to bring. Since the difference between assault and attempted murder is potentially years in prison, it is critical for the accused to appreciate the risk.

Local Upper Marlboro criminal defense attorneys can make an effort to help minimize charges and avoid those worst-case scenarios. For instance, it is not too hard to imagine how serious criminal charges could be brought against this man given the alleged danger to law enforcement and the stories told by the car's occupants.

As a result, momentary panic or lapse in judgment may cost someone their freedom for a considerable period in their life. Local criminal defense attorneys, though, can engage in effective plea negotiations to nip such charges in the bud. By accepting responsibility for certain actions, the accused can often avoid more serious charges that come with significant jail time.

Source: Upper Marlboro Patch, "Prince George's Driver Tried to Run Down Montgomery Cops: Police," Deb Bolt, June 23, 2014

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