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Prove you were the victim, not the aggressor, in an assault case

Being accused of assaulting someone isn't easy to deal with. You may automatically feel the need to explain what happened and to defend your side of the story, but remember that it's important not to say anything that could incriminate you.

If you were fighting with someone and police were called to the scene, the police have to decide who started the fight and if charges need to be filed. You could have been acting in self-defense, but if the police decide it was you who started a fight, you could end up being arrested even though you were actually a victim. In this situation, it's important to talk to your attorney about identifying and presenting evidence to the contrary, so you can work to prevent a conviction and have justice as the victim of violence.

There are many kinds of assault you could be charged with. Manslaughter, vehicular assault, brandishing a gun, domestic violence, resisting arrest or obstructing the police are all potential charges you could face. There are plenty of others, too, and all of them can leave a black mark on your permanent criminal record.

The best way to protect yourself against allegations of aggression or assault is to defend yourself from the moment the police arrive on the scene. You are legally allowed to ask for your attorney in these situations before you ever say a word to police. Our website has more information on the ways you can protect yourself, so you might not have to face a conviction on your record when you were the person the police were called to protect.

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