A court complaint says a niece of Vice President Joe Biden hit a police officer in the chest and resisted being put in a holding cell during her New York City arrest last month.
Caroline Biden did not enter a plea Tuesday at her first court date in the misdemeanor case.
The charges include resisting arrest.
The complaint says the 26-year-old clashed with officers Sept. 17 after her roommate made a report about a rent dispute.
Defense lawyer Ira London says he and prosecutors are in talks about possibly resolving the case.
The Manhattan district attorney's office declined to comment.
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Biden's next court date is Dec. 17.
The vice president's office declined to comment on the case.
His brother James Biden is Caroline Biden's father.