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Homeless man faces charges after attacking police officer

When a person reaches a desperate place in life, they often make choices they might otherwise not make — even bringing harm to another person. A homeless man in San Diego is now contesting a number of charges after an altercation left a police officer unconscious. Police believe he was high on meth at the time.

According to reports, the man was under the influence of methamphetamine when he allegedly robbed a store and then proceeded to steal a drink from a nearby KFC restaurant. When a police officer arrived on the scene to perform an investigation, the man allegedly assaulted the officer, leaving him unconscious.

According to police reports, the man continued to strike the officer after he was already unconscious. A bus driver who happened to be near the scene used the officer's radio to reach out for more help. After sending backup, the police captured the suspect and subdued him with a taser. Once he was in custody, police determined that the man carried several prior convictions.

The suspect has since entered a not guilty plea to several charges, including robbery, drug charges, and attempted murder. If convicted, he could receive a life sentence.

While this man's alleged actions are surprising and rather violent, who's to say what any of us might do under the influence of methamphetamine? The matter is far from being resolved.

If you recently received charges, even if they seem outrageous, it is always wise to consult with an attorney to determine how to build a strong defense. No matter what charges you face, the representation of an attorney can protect your rights and help ensure that you do not suffer unfairly.

Source: U.S. News, "Homeless Man Pleads Not Guilty to Beating El Cajon Officer," July 20, 2017

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