Attempted murder charges against a 21-year-old man have been dropped for a bar fight that allegedly took place last month in College Park outside of the Thirsty Turtle. The Baltimore Sun reports that the man was suspected of cutting three University of Maryland students and another individual with a pocketknife.
According to the article, the man is facing second-degree assault charges even though evidence from surveillance video demonstrates that he was acting in self-defense during the apparent altercation. As of this writing, it has not been reported whether prosecutors will charge the other four individuals allegedly involved in the bar fight.
Video surveillance has become more prominent than most residents of Maryland realize. What is caught on tape can play a major role in various criminal cases. On the other hand, it takes more than just a video for criminal charges to be dropped, as the aforementioned case demonstrates. An individual can still face serious charges even when video surveillance plays in their favor. It can take a Maryland criminal defense lawyer with years of experience in building effective cases to understand how to properly present this type of evidence during court proceedings.
Being accused of attempted murder or assault presents an individual with many challenges. If convicted of a serious violent crime in Maryland, a person may face years in prison, steep fines, strict probation, loss of employment, and difficultly maintaining personal relationships. To help ensure that your rights are aggressively defended and that a strong case is built on your behalf, contact the Maryland murder and attempted murder defense lawyers at the law offices of Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Call 1-301-262-7005 or 1-866-444-6363 today for a free and confidential consultation.