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When facing arrest in Texas, save the fight for the courtroom

When people face arrest, they can sometimes turn violent because of a fear of going to prison. This is a dangerous situation in which both the officer arresting the person and the person being arrested can be injured. If the officer is injured during the course of the arrest, the person being arrested may face additional criminal charges. If this occurs, the person needs a strong criminal defense when facing those charges, because the public and other law enforcement will be quick to judge that person as a criminal before any trial even plays out.

Bexar County, Texas, residents may have heard about the police officer who was shot twice while serving a warrant on Dublin Place. The 49-year-old Bexar County sheriff's deputy and a colleague were serving a warrant on a 38-year-old man when the shooting occurred. Reports state the man had seven outstanding warrants.

A neighbor of the arrested man claims to have heard the deputies pounding on the man's door. She then heard two sets of shots. A spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department states that the deputy was wearing a bulletproof vest during the incident and was shot twice in the arms. The deputy was not seriously wounded and is expected to survive the ordeal. News reports describe a frantic scene. It would be worth examining if police followed the law when arresting the man.

This incident was a situation gone horribly wrong. The man arrested now faces a felony charge of attempted capital murder for shooting the deputy. A criminal conviction of that magnitude can have long-term consequences. The advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney is essential in a situation such as this, because the attorney can help ensure that the man gets a fair trial.

Source: MySA, "Deputy shot while trying to arrest man," Michelle Mondo, Feb. 5, 2013

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