Being arrested for a crime can be a frightening and harrowing experience. If you have done nothing wrong, you may be bewildered by the event. The truth is that innocent people are taken into custody all the time. And, if this has happened to you, falling into a helpless malaise or protesting with anger and indignation will do nothing. You must take the accusations seriously. You must fight to preserve your rights and gain your freedom. You can begin by hiring a criminal attorney.
Crimes connected with violence have the most serious consequences. If you are convicted of murder, manslaughter or an aggravated assault you can face serious time in prison. If you are convicted of assault, including domestic violence, you face fines, incarceration, probation, and even the possibility of a civil suit.
In some instances, the consequences of a civil suit for assault can be even more burdensome than the criminal conviction. That is why you must clear your name in the criminal proceeding. It will make it harder for your accuser to pursue successful civil litigation.
If you are convicted of a domestic violence offense, you may be ordered to undergo counselling. You may be prohibited from speaking with or seeing your child for several months, or lose custody of them. You can also lose your right to purchase and keep a firearm.
Your career will also be impacted by an assault conviction. Even an arrest for assault can lead to your dismissal from work. And, if you are convicted, you may find it hard to get another job, as the conviction will show up in any background check.
You should say nothing to the police after your arrest. You have a Fifth Amendment right not to turn in evidence against yourself and you should exercise it. You should instead call a criminal lawyer and let them do the talking for you. If the lawyer believes it is your best interest to cooperate with the police investigation, you should do so only under the guidance and with the consultation of your lawyer.
The first thing your attorney will do is review the evidence the police have against you. Based upon your attorney’s independent investigation, the attorney will recommend a course of action, including the option of a trial.
The job of a criminal defense attorney whether during plea negotiations or a trial is to find gaps and inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case. Your attorney will gather the evidence, expert testimony, and witness statements necessary to raise reasonable doubt. If you are guilty of committing a violent crime and the state can prove it, your attorney can work with the prosecutor to reduce the severity of your punishment, whether or not you are not a first-time offender. If the evidence is thin or if your lawyer finds your legal rights have been violated, your lawyer may be able to get the case thrown out.
Protect your rights. Get the best defense you can. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, for a free consultation.