June 25, 2017

Phillipston, MA man was charged with assault and battery on a police officer

Winchendon District Court

Client a 57 year old Phillipston, MA man was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, disturbing a public assembly and carrying a dangerous weapon. The client attended a special town meeting where he was alleged to have started talking out of order. After his behavior allegedly went on for ten minutes the local police chief dressed in plain clothes approached him to get him to quiet down. At that point the client was alleged to have become louder and began swearing. When the officer tried to escort the client out of the meeting he allegedly began to resist. Ultimately four local police officers dressed in plain clothes subdued the client.

Client claimed he was simply trying to voice his opinion at the meeting and it was his natural reaction to pull away from the officer when he tried to grab him. Client maintained that the police used excessive force on him and over charged him. Up until the day of trial the police were adamant about making the assault and battery on a police officer charge remain. However, on the day of trial Attorney Riddle was able to negotiate a deal where the assault and battery on police officer charge as well as, carrying a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace charges were all dismissed. Client admitted to sufficient facts on disturbing a public assembly and resisting arrest and was placed on unsupervised probation for 6 months.

Phillipston MA Criminal Defense lawyers serve the Worcester County region including the areas of Leominster, Fitchburg, Worcester, Gardner, Clinton, Bolton, Lancaster, Lunenburg, Berlin, Acton, Concord, Greenfield, West Boylston, Marlborough, Northborough, Westborough, Groton, Shirley, Pepperell, Townsend, Ashby, Winchendon, Ashburnham, Templeton, Princeton, Ayer, Harvard, Worcester County, Middlesex County, Franklin County and surrounding communities in Massachusetts.

RIDDLE & ASSOCIATES, ATTORNEYS AT LAW
Phillipston Criminal Defense Attorneys
344 Summer Street
Fitchburg, Massachusetts

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