What happens if you’re accused of assault?
Have you been accused of assault? Here’s what you need to know.
If you’ve been accused of assault or you’ve already been charged, it’s vital that you reach out to an attorney who can guide you. Criminal charges are very serious and can have a huge impact on your life. The right attorney can guide you through the legal process and help you each step of the way and you should never try to deal with criminal charges on your own. Having an attorney who can represent you is absolutely imperative. Your lawyer understands the legal system and how the courts work. They will also be able to help you understand what your next steps should be and how you can best defend yourself. Here’s what you need to know.
Understand the consequences
Whether you were in the wrong place at the wrong time or you simply made a poor judgment call, it’s important to understand that being accused of assault carries many negative consequences that can impact you for the rest of your life. Depending on the type of assault you’ve been accused of, you may be facing jail time, community service, or fines. In some cases, you may need to attend anger management classes. Talk with your attorney about possible consequences so that you can mentally prepare yourself.
Understand the exact charges
What are the charges against you? Did you physically touch someone? Did you threaten to hurt them? Did they fear for their life? Give a statement to your attorney. Talk with them about the exact charges you’re facing, as well as your understanding of what actually happened. It’s important that you be completely open and honest with your lawyer. If you lie to them, it could impact the outcome of your case, especially if there is evidence against you.
Understand that legal problems take time
Your problems will not be solved overnight, nor will your legal case. It may take days, weeks, or even months to resolve the charges against you. Talk with your attorney about how long the case could potentially last. It’s important to understand that while you want to move on with your life as quickly as possible, you need to try to be patient.
Understand that your attorney needs as much information as possible
If you have evidence that can be used either for or against you, talk with your lawyer. Chances are that the opposing counsel will obtain the same information, so talking with your attorney ahead of time will give them a chance to prepare an effective defense for you. Remember that just because there is evidence indicating you in a crime does not mean you will be found guilty when you go to court. It’s vital that your attorney have all of the information, however, so they can provide a well-rounded and effective defense for you.
Reach out to your criminal defense attorney today to talk about your options. It’s important that you talk with someone who can help guide you during this time.