Recently, a 24-year-old student was charged with a class A misdemeanor for resisting arrest, and a class B misdemeanor for public intoxication. After allegedly blocking a mall’s parking garage entrance, an off-duty cop working as a security officer asked the man and his group of friends to move along. The man allegedly got mouthy, and was arrested. Knowing the consequences a conviction for either charge would have on his life, he reached out to the criminal defense law firm Hessler Law, PC for help.
After the building owner refused to provide camera footage of the incident and the state did nothing to preserve the tapes when they filed the case, Indianapolis criminal defense attorney Sean Hessler argued that it was, indeed, the state’s responsibility to furnish those videos. The prosecutor agreed, and dropped the charge for resisting arrest. Since, at one point, the client admitted to public intoxication, he received a one-year suspended sentence with no probation.
The outcome of an individual case depends on a variety of factors unique to that case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any similar or future case.