THE CHARGES AGAINST TREVOR REED
PART 2 of ARTICLE 318 of The Criminal Code of the Russian Federation
The use of violence dangerous to the life and health against a government official in the performance of their duties. An act punishable by up to ten years imprisonment.
TREVOR IS ACCUSED OF CAUSING THE POLICE VEHICLE TO SWERVE DANGEROUSLY ENDANGERING OFFICER'S LIVES
There have been many discrepancies and changes in Trevor’s case over the past seven months. The initial “Level 2” charges claim that Trevor grabbed the arm of the police officer driving the vehicle on the way to the station endangering the lives of the police officers. This action supposedly resulted in the police vehicle swerving radically into the oncoming lane and causing the driver to “reduce speed sharply” before the vehicle overturned or collided with another vehicle according to the police officers’ initial reports and testimonies. Trevor is also accused of striking a police officer with his elbow when the officer attempted to stop Trevor from pulling the arm of the driver.
TREVOR IS ALSO CHARGED WITH AN ADMINISTRATIVE OFFENSE OF NOT BEING PROPERLY REGISTERED LIVING AT HIS GIRLFRIEND'S APARTMENT
Trevor also had charges placed against him for not being properly registered at his girlfriend's apartment. There was some difficulty in making this happen due to the required procedures. It is sometimes difficult to get registration through the owners of a rented residence. Trevor reportedly signed a paper admitting to not being properly registered the morning of his arrest without an interpreter. There may be some other irregularities about this charge. The administrative case is usually punishable by a fine. The court hearing for this charge is to take place after the next full day of the trial. It was scheduled to occur on March 11, after the trial hearing, but there was a bomb scare at the courthouse and the building was evacuated and courts cancelled. It has been postponed along with the regular trial since that date.
UPDATE: The administrative case against Trevor was returned to the police in July of 2020 for lack of evidence. The Police had 30 days in which to provide new evidence, but they did not. The Defense appealed the judge's decision to send it back to the police without making a determination in the case. The Defense wanted to go to trial to show that Trevor wasn't provided with a translator when he was questioned about his residence, there was some question as to when the documents were actually initiated, and it appears that some of the administrative case documents had been forged. In May of 2021, the Defense requested a decision by the judge on the case. At that time the judge dismissed the case.
It should be noted that the administrative case was the first legal action taken against Trevor and supposedly was used to hold him until the other charges were developed. The alleged violation of registration laws was used by the prosecution to deny Trevor bail even though the Supreme Court of Russia later determined that his bail couldn't be denied because of his registration. Registration violations are equivalent of an infraction or misdemeanor and only require payment of a small fine.