Assault is in the news a lot these days. We hear about celebrities and politicians being accused of assault and see the devastating consequences it can have. Being accused of an assault is a serious and strenuous circumstance to navigate and not one you should have to manage alone.
Understand What Assault Is
Assault is defined differently state by state. Minnesota law defines assault as occurring when someone:
“(1) commits an act with intent to cause fear in another of immediate bodily harm or death; or.
(2) intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict bodily harm upon another.”
Additionally, there are five degrees of assault ranging from misdemeanor to significant jail time. Assault is a serious allegation. Even if you are 100% confident in your innocence, do not take the charges any less lightly. Many innocent people have been wrongfully charged and convicted. You will want to educate yourself as much as possible about the legal system in order to understand your options. A good criminal defense attorney is invaluable in guiding you through it all.
Know your rights. You have the right to legal counsel and should not answer questions until you are properly advised and represented.
If the police present a warrant for your arrest, you have the right to remain silent. Don’t say anything to them without legal counsel—attempts to prove your innocence on your own will most likely backfire. The arresting officers could be subpoenaed to testify against you later. Quiet cooperation is best until you have the chance to consult a lawyer.
Prepare Your Defense
Compile any and all evidence you have regarding your accuser. Make lists of the dates and times you were with them as well as any witnesses present. The more facts and physical evidence you have, the stronger your case will be. Include as many details as you can, even if they seem insignificant.
A good criminal defense attorney is necessary to navigate the complex legal system after being accused of assault—or any other crime, for that matter. They will be able to help you understand the charges, formulate a defense and negotiate with prosecutors. Attempting to do this on your own is difficult at bestand disastrous at worst.
Your Attorney Is Your Ally
White & Associates in Minnesota have experienced criminal defense attorneys ready to help you through the painful and trying process of defending against false accusations of assault charges. Our team has the compassion and experience to help you feel confident about clearing your name. Send us a message today to start putting your life back on track.