No family is perfect; every household has issues that they need to work through, and arguments happen from time to time. However, there is a big difference between having a verbal disagreement at the dinner table and getting involved in an alcohol- or drug-fueled physical fight that ends in the neighbors calling the cops. If you have been in this situation, it is possible that one of your family members accused you of assault while they were angry.
They may have genuinely believed that you assaulted them, or they may have said this out of spite. If you believe that you are innocent, however, it is important that you aggressively defend yourself, because an assault or domestic violence conviction could hugely impact your life. The following are some tips for defending yourself against an assault accusation.
Silence is the best option
When you’re arrested, it’s likely that you’ll be feeling upset, angry and defiant. You’ll want to proclaim your innocence from the rooftops because the situation will seem so unfair. While it can be tempting to want to verbally protest and explain your version of events, you should simply keep quiet until you have spoken to a lawyer.
Don’t have contact with your accuser
If your accuser is your partner or family member, you’ll probably want to get in touch with them to address what happened. However, this could affect the result of your defense, or be interpreted by the courts as harassment. Therefore you should make sure that you do not get in touch with them.
Keep your eye on the prize
You’ll likely bebefore you get to the courtroom. This offer can be tempting because it will be a much more lenient outcome than being found guilty. However, if you are adamant about your innocence, you should keep your eye on the prize.
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