Assault is considered a crime of a violent nature, that can lead to prison time or other consequences. There are many types of behaviors that may constitute as assault by law. Those who have been arrested for assault may feel frustrated and unjustly persecuted by the individual who pressed charges. Despite how upsetting an assault arrest can be, it is important to remain calm. Too often, people get arrested for assault and react intensely towards the officers, which can escalate the accusation into an even worse charge.
It is strongly encouraged that those who were arrested for this crime consult with an attorney in their area for representation immediately.
What steps can I take after the assault arrest?
After being processed by an officer for an assault charge, the accused may be searing with anger and tension. This is an understandable response, particularly if the situation which led to the arrest had been misinterpreted or the supposed “victim” had lied about what really happened. An attorney is likely to urge clients who have been accused of assault to take the following steps after being charged:
- Obtain legal representation from an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense cases
- Write down every detail of how the incident happened in your perspective
- Take photographs of any related evidence
- Make a list of potential witnesses and give their contact information to your chosen attorney
- Do not contact the accuser for any reason, doing so could make things even more worse and risk your chances of getting the charge dropped or minimized
- Listen to your attorney’s advice, as they understand the complex inner workings of the justice system more than the average person
Can I just represent myself in the assault charge?
It is strongly advised against that those accused of any crime stand alone when handling their case. Without legal support, the chances of getting a reduced sentence or charge can be quite slim. The fact is, an attorney will know what course of action to take that would be in your best interest depending on the circumstances of the incident. During a consultation, bring all the documentation and evidence you have. Your attorney can contact witnesses and implement other strategies in hopes of getting your sentenced lessened, if possible.
Also, be completely honest with your attorney. Do not hide details and be forthcoming about any mistakes you may have made. Your attorney is not there to judge you or get you in trouble, as it is their job to protect you. If you are not completely transparent about the interaction you had with the “victim” then they cannot help you to the fullest extent.
When is the best time to contact an attorney?
As soon as you have been processed for the arrest, that is the time to contact an attorney. Remember, you do not have to share details with the officer who arrested you or anyone else until you have obtained an attorney. It is your legal right to get representation before providing a statement or other information aside from what is necessary for your booking (such as name, contact, address, ID, etc).