Hiring a competent and aggressive defense attorney is an important first step in fighting an assault charge. Depending upon a case’s specific details, such a charge can lead to a significant jail sentence. A Santa Ana parolee faces a long stretch in state prison for a conviction handed down in Orange County Superior Court last week.
Both the Los Angeles Times and Orange County Register report that David Reyes, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault of a police officer (PC 240) and another of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon (PC 12021). Reyes, who has a history of mental illness, had been arrested for intentionally ramming a sheriff’s patrol car.
The incident occurred two years ago on March 10, 2010. Reyes was driving his car, ironically, just blocks from Orange County’s Main Jail facility when he entered an intersection and observed a sheriff waiting at a red light in his vehicle. Reyes was alleged to have then intentionally crashed his car into the side of the patrol car in order to cause physical harm to the deputy.
Other officers quickly arrived at the scene, and Reyes surrendered to them without incident. A bag of bullets was recovered from his car and taken into evidence. The deputy who was attacked suffered pain in his neck and back. Among key piece of evidence was a video on the patrol car which recorded the entire incident.
Reyes has a long history of problems with the law; he was previously convicted of street terrorism and robbery. Whether his documented mental illness played a part in determining the sentence is unclear; however, Reyes’ guilty plea led to a sentence of 13 years in state prison. He is expected to serve about 8 of those years taking into account credit for time served.
If you are charged with assault, it is very important that you secure the services of a Los Angeles defense attorney. We at Wallin & Klarich have a history of defending clients who have been accused of assault crimes. Call us today at 1-888-749-0034.