In June, Aaron Bickford, a 23-year-old New Durham, New Hampshire, resident was arrested outside of a bar in Rochester and accused of assaulting a police officer. Bickford was apparently engaged in a fight with another patron outside Gary's Sports Bar when the incident occurred.
The Rochester police had been called to the scene to escort an unwanted patron from the premises, according to Foster's Daily Democrat. As they were removing that individual from the bar, one of the officers saw Bickford fighting across the parking lot with an unnamed individual.
To break up the fight, the officer intervened physically, and Bickford responded by allegedly placing the policeman in a headlock. The officer was, however, able to extricate himself and wrestle Bickford to the ground. He was then taken into custody. The newspaper reported that neither man was injured in the altercation.
Bickford was charged with simple assault, but after conducting an investigation, Police Detective Steve Gahan has decided not to move further with prosecution in the case.
The incident occurred at 1 a.m. in a darkened lot. Gahan told the newspaper that the officer had not identified himself before entering the fight, so there was no way for Bickford to know that he was engaged with police. Because a criminal defense lawyer could have easily proved these circumstances as affecting the outcome of the altercation, Gahan declared the charges nolle prossed, or nullified.
If you have been accused of a crime like simple assault in the Granite State, you may want to consider enlisting the services of an experienced New Hampshire lawyer. These professionals are familiar with local and state statutes and can ensure that you receive a fair trial.