Woman faces assault charges after alleged fight at New Jersey bar
It often comes as no surprise that ingesting alcoholic beverages can lead to someone acting out of character. Alcohol lowers one’s inhibitions and can lead to less responsible decision making. It can also contribute to people saying things they would normally refrain from voicing, which can often lead to someone else becoming upset. In some cases, upset feelings can manifest into violent reactions. When violence occurs, the situation can quickly escalate to involving police and a person being charged with assault.
An altercation allegedly broke out in the parking lot of a New Jersey bar between a man and a woman. Police were called to the scene where they found the two parties in question. The male suspect was reportedly being put in the back of a patrol car when the woman allegedly attempted to continue her assault by punching the man. While attempting to do so, she reportedly made contact with the arresting officer.
It was reported that the woman resisted arrest from officers, but both she and the male suspect were detained and transferred to the area police department. The man was charged with disorderly conduct and released from custody, while the woman faces more charges due to her alleged resisting arrest and possible assault on an officer. She was unable to make bail and was moved to the Morris County Correctional Facility. Both parties have a pending court date.
Should toxicology reports or any other form of testing result in the woman being found intoxicated during the event, she may be able to present evidence that she was not acting in her normal character and that extenuating circumstances contributed to her alleged violent reaction. Assault charges can come with serious penalties, and she may wish to look into relevant New Jersey laws that could provide information beneficial toward her case. She is considered innocent until — and only if — she if found guilty in a court of law.
Source: New Jersey Herald, “Woman charged with assault in Mount Olive,” July 9, 2013