In many situations, an aggravated assault charge can come as a great surprise to the person who has been arrested. What might seem as a simple argument can suddenly spiral out of control and in an instant, a person can take action that eventually leads to the police showing up. One wrong move can escalate the situation in a hurry and suddenly there are aggravated assault charges involved.
It’s important to remember that an aggravated assault charge is not the same as a conviction. There are many things that can take place in between the arrest and a final judgment that can affect the outcome of the case. This is why it’s so important to have an experienced attorney involved as soon as possible. Your attorney can play a major role in having charges reduced or even tossed out.
DON’T TRY TO TALK YOUR WAY OUT OF IT!
When a person first realizes that they have been arrested for aggravated assault, he or she often feels compelled to tell their side of the story to the arresting officer in an attempt to talk their way out of the charge. This rarely works and here’s why – at the point that an officer decides to arrest someone on an aggravated assault charge, they feel they have obtained enough evidence to sustain the charge. The last thing that officer wants to do is change their mind, especially at the scene of the crime. So an attempt to change that officer’s mind is futile and usually ends up getting the suspect in more trouble.
Instead of talking to the police or anyone else at the scene, spend the time recounting the events that led to the arrest. The more details you can remember, the more helpful you can be to your attorney.
CALL AN AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ATTORNEY ASAP
The next thing to focus on after being arrested for aggravated assault is getting in touch with a criminal defense attorney right away. The sooner your attorney is able to hear the details of your case, the sooner he or she can go to work in helping you overcome your charges and get you back to your normal life.
POSSIBLE DEFENSE OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
While every aggravated assault case is different, there are typically some similarities that allow your attorney to successfully defend your case. Some of the possible defenses include the following:
- You were reacting to a perceived threat
- You acted out of self-defense
- The involvement of outside parties or persons
- A lack of eye-witnesses
- The act that resulted in aggravated assault charges was accidental
- A lack of evidence by the prosecution
- No proof of any weapon involved
- You were threatened, provoked or intimidated into action
- A violation of your constitutional rights at the time of your arrest
- The circumstances that led to the charge were unpreventable
- The police arrested the wrong person
These are just some of the possible defenses that can be used to have the aggravated assault charges against you dismissed. The more information your aggravated assault attorney has and the sooner you are in touch with your attorney can make a huge difference.
If you or someone you know is facing aggravated assault charges, get the help you need by calling Naegle Law Firm at (480) 378-9000.
We are available anytime day or night.