Indianapolis criminal defense lawyer Sean Hessler recently assisted a 40-year-old man, when he inserted himself in a police-related incident and as a result, was charged with public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. Essentially, these misdemeanor charges arose when another person was being arrested and shouting that they were being mistreated by the police. The man began recording the interaction and became disruptive when officers confronted him. Not wanting to see these charges negatively affect his life, he reached out to the defense attorneys at Hessler Law, PC.
After attorney Hessler reviewed the facts, it was clear that his client stood a good chance of raising a free speech defense. Attorney Hessler leveraged the validity of recording officers to negotiate the complete dismissal of the more serious resisting law enforcement charge. In the end, the man agreed to plead to public intoxication for time served and the payment of court costs, rather than the harsh consequences he could have faced.
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