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Common charges people face after protests

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2020 | Civil Unrest/Protesting, Criminal Defense

This year has seen much unrest due to police brutality and civil unrest in New York state and across the United States and even worldwide. Protests have erupted after so many injustices have been witnessed. The year, indeed, has been unprecedented in protests and it’s not over yet as a heated election cycle is coming to a close and we inaugurate a new president into the While House. Changes in policing and policies across the country will be ongoing and so likely will be protests.

Most people may intend to peacefully protest, and they have the right to in the U.S. However, in the heat of the moment, crowd situations can turn dangerous and protesters are sometimes arrested and face criminal charges.

Various charges may follow protesting

There are many charges people can face when protests get out of hand. However, some charges are more commonly seen. These can include:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Unlawful assembly
  • Resisting arrest
  • Menacing
  • Looting
  • Rioting
  • Unlawful discharge of incendiary devices
  • Property damage

Defense for criminal charges after protesting

Charges often include fines and jail time. While it is true that the Constitution protects you, you also need a good attorney. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime after a protest, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help.

Know what you can and can’t do at a protest

The First Amendment protects an individual’s right to peaceful assembly. However, for many reasons, including a passion for protecting the rights of fellow citizens, peaceful assemblies can turn violent. Many protests do result in arrests and criminal charges to those participating in the protests. To protect yourself and your rights to protest peacefully, learn about what is lawful and what is not before you go to a protest.