Being charged with assault can be a frightening experience. It is a considered a violent crime and can result in prison time and other penalties. Even worse, due the flexible nature of what constitutes assault, you may feel frustrated, angry, and unfairly persecuted by the person pressing charges.
Still, it is important to stay calm during this ordeal. Too many times, what might have been simple assault charges escalate into even greater charges carrying harsher penalties for the defendant. Over the 25 years I've practiced criminal law, I've been able to identify a few easy, simple steps those charged can take to help their case before it even goes to court.
Steps to Take After an Assault Charge
After going through processing from law enforcement, tensions and emotions can still be running high after an assault charge.
I urge all my clients to take the following steps if they've just been charged:
- Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to contact the accuser.
- Retain skilled representation.
- Write every part of the incident down.
- Take photographs of any evidence.
- Make a list of possible witnesses.
- Listen to your attorney.
Don't Face Your Assault Charge Alone
Following these steps will help quell any complications and will help solidify the facts of your case, but they're only the beginning. To successfully beat or reduce an assault charge, you need incisive, experienced representation both before and after your trial.
If you or a loved one is facing an assault charge and aren't sure what steps to take next, I urge you to call my firm immediately. Get an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer in your corner now.
Call me at The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr. today for insight.