An assault charge is no laughing matter. It is a violent crime that can be met with a severe sentence and life-altering consequences. It is, however, possible to face these charges in an intelligent manner. Below are just a few of the ways that intelligent individuals handle assault charges.
The first, and most important, step that an intelligent individual can take is to stay calm. While it is natural to have an emotional reaction to being charged with a crime, reacting emotionally can lead to serious problems. If you are charged, try to look at the situation rationally and certainly don’t do anything that can escalate the situation. The best way to fight your charges is within the system, so don’t do anything that will jeopardize your ability to mount a well-constructed defense.
Do Your Research
Intelligent individuals take time to learn more about their cases. They gather up reports from witnesses and make sure they know exactly what the other side of the case will claim. It’s not always an easy process, but it can be helpful. Don’t talk to the person about who you may have committed assault, of course, but make sure you get a fair view of what has happened from those who might have witnessed the incident.
Talk to a Lawyer
It doesn’t matter if you are guilty or innocent—you need a lawyer if you are charged with assault. Lawyers understand the law and, perhaps more fundamentally, how the courts work. A good attorney can give you a realistic look at the charges against you and give you an idea as to how the judge or jury is likely to respond. Good lawyers will give you options, including the option to take any deals offered by the prosecution. Most importantly, though, a professional attorney will fight to make sure that the prosecution and the police follow the law during the investigation and prosecution of your case. You need a lawyer’s help to make sure that you are given a fair chance.
Finally, intelligent individuals know that being charged should be accompanied by nothing more than silence. Don’t take to social media to talk to or about the person that you are accused of assaulting. Don’t talk to the police or the prosecutor unless you have an attorney present. Don’t say a single word that could be used against you, especially as everything you say or do can be brought up in the trial. Silence may not be easy to maintain, but it is a necessity when you are dealing with a charge as serious as assault.
Intelligent individuals are calm, quiet, and willing to get professional help when dealing with charges like assault. They cooperate when necessary, but make sure their rights are respected. More than anything else, though, intelligent individuals work with trusted attorneys to make sure they are given a fair chance to fight against those charges.