On January 31, 2001 Minnesota Vikings football player, Everson Griffen, was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer after a traffic stop. According to media sources, police say officers used a stun gun to subdue Griffen during a struggle after he tried to flee on foot.

According to reports, Griffen was arrested twice in California over a span of three days. His first arrest took place on January 28th for allegedly being publicly intoxicated in Hollywood, CA (P.C. 647(f)). He was then arrested for the much more serious felony charge of battery of a policeman which took place on Monday, just three days later (P.C. 243 (c)(2)).

In California, battery on a police officer is considered a “wobbler”, which means the charge may be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony. Under California Penal Code Section 243(c)(2) battery on a police officer is punishable by a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or in the state prison for 16 months, or two or three years, or by both that fine and imprisonment.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s jail website indicates Griffen was released early Tuesday on $50,000 bail. Griffen is due back in court in Los Angeles on February 25, 2011.

If you or a loved one are accused of battery on a police officer or public intoxication, it is vital that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have the knowledge and skill that comes with over 30 years of experience in handling all types of criminal related matters. We will aggressively represent your interests and fight for you. Call us at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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