Sometimes it happens when you least expect it, going out with friends or trying to be tough and you get into a fight. Once the police get involved, it is hard for charges not be placed. After it is all said and done you find yourself with assault charges and a lot of scary things coming your way. Once this happens, the best thing to do is find an expert criminal attorney.
Here is a list of the most common mistakes individuals make when they have assault charges.
Talking to Police
Police are trained to manipulate people to make you say things and make yourself possible look worse. Talking to the police may put you in more of a bind. You do not have to speak to the police. If you do not talk to them and they take you into custody, they must inform you of your right to remain silent and to obtain legal representation. If this happens, exercise your right to remain silent and stay silent until you can talk with an attorney.
Talking with Others About the Assault
Assault charges is a huge deal and can be hard to process. Making sure that you don’t talk to anyone about the incident is a big deal. Ensuring that nothing can be used against you when it comes to court is one that you need to focus on. Your attorney and the individuals they say you can talk to are the only ones who should hear what happened during the incident.
Posting About the Incident on Social Media
Social media in today’s world is sharing all sorts of things that can be used against you in court. If you are ever involved in something that means you have to go to court, do not post on Facebook, Twitter, SnapChat or any other social media forum about the incident. Too many times have posts bee taking out of context when you are on trial.
Contacting The Victim of the Assault
This may feel like the hardest thing no to do for some people. There will always be a time and a place to do that. Talk to your attorney and discuss the potential difficulties that would arise if you contact the victim or their family.
Whatever you do, do not under any circumstance destroy any evidence. It may seem like a great out at the moment, but it will only leave you in even more trouble. Additional charges will be added, and it won’t help your case in any way. Also, never destroy evidence of others who may be in trouble. You could be tied to the crime after the fact due to destroying evidence.
Having charges of assault are daunting feelings especially after the list we just gave you. There is a lot of things you can do to benefit yourself as well though, and the first one is to talk to an expert criminal attorney.
Looking or more information on the different ins and out of the topic of assault? Check out our other blogs with issues that include the differents of battery and assault which are very different charges that can be confusing to someone who does not know the legal terminology!
If you have been charged with Assault, call George B. Morton with Morton Law at 479-587-9988. Arkansas’s best Criminal Law Experts in the Fayetteville, Springdale, and Washington County areas.