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Mostly peaceful protests erupt across country in wake of election

The recent United States presidential election was unprecedented on many levels. On one side, a successful billionaire businessman and reality television star, Donald Trump, was the underdog through every phase of the election cycle. On the other side, a near life-long politician and previous first lady, Secretary Hillary Clinton, would have been the first female president in the United States. Trump would be the first president without any previous political experience.

The results of the election, a Trump victory, came as surprise to many. And, with that victory came protests across the country, including an estimated crowd of 600 near M&T Bank Stadium at a recent Thursday Night Football game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

The protests, mostly peaceful throughout the country, drew significant crowds, often in the thousands, throughout the week in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas and Minneapolis. Americans take pride in their first amendment rights, including the right to peacefully gather and protest. But, in times when the protests turn violent, laws may be broken and protestors may find themselves detained by police and charged with any number of crimes, such as assault, theft or damage to property.

Protesting and joining masses of people that turn violent is not a defense for a crime. If you find yourself on the wrong end of the law and were detained and find yourself facing criminal charges, it may be in your best interest to develop a strong criminal defense to fight the charges. Depending on the severity of the crime, you may face stiff penalties, including fines and significant prison time, if found guilty.

Source: WTOP, "Anti-Trump protests continue in Baltimore, DC," Nov. 10, 2016

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