Assault is a serious crime. Individuals charged with this crime could end up facing some serious jail time, depending on the severity of the offense. Even though you might be innocent, there are certain rules and regulations you need to follow to make sure you don't find yourself in even worse trouble than what you are already. Allowing the court to do its job and determine your innocence or guilt is important. However, there are a few mistakes that people tend to make in their assault case that could cause the verdict to come out different than planned.
Attempting to Contact the Victim
When charged with assault, you are typically told not to speak to the other party until after the matter has been resolved. This no contact order is in place to protect the victim. Until the court deems your innocence and lifts the order, you cannot have any contact with the other party. This means no texting, emailing, social media posts or talking through another person. You are not to have anyone say anything to the other person at all. If you do, this could end up forfeiting your bond and landing you behind bars until your case is completely resolved. Abide by the rules of the court at all costs.
Talking to the Police
Just about everyone who is picked up on a criminal charge feels compelled to talk to the police. Don't do it. Anything you say could wind up coming back at you down the line. Keep your mouth shut unless your attorney is there in the room with you. They will be able to advise you as to what to say and what not to say. Until your lawyer arrives, exercise your right to remain silent.
Not Showing Up to Court
You are going to have multiple court dates that you have to attend to during the course of your case. Just because you show up at one, that doesn't mean you can skip out on another. Make sure you go to each and every court date you are given. Not showing up could wind up costing you big time. The court will end up putting a warrant out for your arrest and you will end up in jail until everything is said and done.
To maintain your freedom and work to get through your case, follow the instructions given to you by the court and your attorney (like those at Rutter and Sleeth Law Offices).