Criminal Lawyer Shawn Sukumar On Severity Of Assault Charges In Wake Of Attack on David Mercer

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Targets of ongoing investigation could face advanced charges if identified by police.

District of Columbia police are still investigating a brutal attack on David Mercer, that left the well-known political strategist with what appear to be extensive injuries, according to the Washington Times. The incident stemmed from an attempted robbery of Mr. Mercer at a 7-11 store, and based on the details of the case that are readily available, it appears that the police might pursue serious criminal charges.

Washington D.C. criminal lawyer Shawn Sukumar explains a felony assault, the more serious assault charge that the District of Columbia can levy. “Felony level assault is usually defined as anything where the person suffers bodily injury. In laymen's terms, that's anyone that's suffers bodily injury that requires hospitalization or requires some sort of treatment.”

The case involving Mr. Mercer would certainly qualify for that. While we still don’t know the complete extent of his injuries that Mr. Mercer suffered, but he is still in the hospital, according to ABC 7.

While there are some instances where hospitalization does not necessarily lead to a felony assault charge, based on the way Mr. Sukumar explains felony assault, the advanced charge might be likely if the police ever apprehends those who committed this crime.

“Felony assault with significant bodily injury typically requires either stitches or some sort of more intensive hospital treatment,” says Mr. Sukumar. “There are a couple different kinds of felony level assaults that are higher level that will go up in the five year, 30 year range, like aggravated assault, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury that are higher level than the normal misdemeanor assault.”

The incident allegedly began when a man attempted to take Mr. Mercer’s cellphone after he had put it down onto the counter to pay for his items. Mr. Mercer pursued the men outside of the store, and three men proceeded to beat him outside of the store. According to witnesses via that Washington Times article, the men were only beating Mr. Mercer with their hands and their feet, but there was still a good amount of blood on the ground following the assault.

Mr. Mercer has spent most of his career working with the Democratic National Committee. He is the former the former National Finance Director for the agency, and according to that ABC 7 article, still does some work with the agency.

Please contact us for more information about assault laws in the District of Columbia. You can also visit our Maryland assault lawyer site for more information on that office.

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