Being accused of assault or battery is a serious matter. If you are convicted, you could face jail time, a steep fine, and other criminal consequences. Even if you are ultimately cleared of the charges, the mere accusation can damage your reputation. If you find yourself in this situation, it is important to take immediate action to protect your rights.
Do Not Talk to the Police Without an Attorney Present
If the police want to talk to you about an allegation of assault or battery, it is important that you have an attorney present. Do not try to talk your way out of the situation or offer any kind of explanation. Anything you say can and will be used against you in court. Remember that you have the right to remain silent and should exercise that right until you have legal counsel present.
Do Not Talk to the Alleged Victim
In some cases, the alleged victim may try to contact you directly, either by phone call or social media message. It is essential that you do not respond to these attempts at communication. Anything you say to the alleged victim can be used as evidence against you in court. If you must communicate with the person who has accused you, always do so through your attorney.
If there is evidence that contradicts the allegations against you, it is important that you collect and preserve this evidence as soon as possible. This might include video footage from security cameras, eyewitness testimony from people who were present at the time of the incident, or text messages or other communications between you and the alleged victim leading up to the incident. Your attorney will know what kind of evidence will be most helpful in your case and can help you gather and preserve it properly.
Be Careful About What You Post on Social Media
In today’s world, anything we post on social media can be used as evidence in a court of law. If you are facing false allegations of assault or battery, it is important to avoid posting anything on social media that could be used against you in court. This includes written content, photos, videos, comments, and anything else that could be misconstrued or taken out of context by prosecutors.
Contact our Rolling Meadows Criminal Defense Lawyer
Chicago criminal defense attorney Kendall D. Hartsfield represents individuals accused of assault, battery, homicide, sex crimes, drunk driving, and other criminal offenses. He can stand up for your rights and help you defend yourself against false allegations. Call Hartsfield Law at 312-345-1700 for a free, confidential consultation.