Domestic disputes with neighbors are common scenarios in many neighborhoods, but what if you are being charged with domestic dispute by your neighbor you have always lent your barbecue grill to every Friday night? The fact is, you are innocent and you have no clue as to what is going on. You have not admitted to anything, yet you are also being showered with assault by a deadly weapon charges. However, just because you do not have a weapon on you at that very moment when police arrive, does not mean that you will not be charged with having the alleged weapon. So what do you do?
This scenario is very common and also the reason why plenty of people are locked up in county and state jails based on false pretences and for alleged crimes. The first thing you do when you get arrested by the police for whatever charges that are being brought against you is to get a reliable lawyer. Have a friend or a family member contact one fast. You will also need to contact a bail bondsman to help you get out of jail if you do not have the sufficient funds to bail yourself out. Once you have your lawyer and your bail money, you can discuss the next move with your lawyer.
Do Not Get Intimidated
While you are still in jail waiting for your lawyer and your bail bondsman, you might be interrogated by the police. Chances are they will try to get you to confess and admit that you did commit whatever crime has been charged against you. If you let your defenses down and appear vulnerable, police officers might only end up intimidating you. This strategy has led quite a number of reasonable people into admitting crimes they never did in the first place.
Stay cool and collected. Only answer the police officers as respectably as you can despite the anger surging inside you. Never give out any details or instances where you and your neighbor may have had a small disagreement in the past. Keep these details for when you and your lawyer discuss the case. Simply inform the police officer that you prefer to wait for your lawyer before you say anything else. After all, you do have the right to remain silent.
Lack Of Evidence? Dismissed Case
Once the case goes to court, evidence will be accumulated to determine if the charges are true. This is your opportunity to prove your innocence. Look for witnesses, receipts or even logged time online on your social networking site if you had been chatting with someone on that specific date and time. When you are able to produce evidence that you were no where near your neighbor on that day and time he claims the crime took place, you will have no problem getting the case dismissed due to lack of evidence.
Domestic disputes amongst neighbors can not be prevented at times, but serious accusations where assault by a weapon is involved is simply too much. In the event you are suddenly attacked with serious accusations by your neighbor, be careful with what you say to the police and get the legal help you need.
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Valerie Howards is freelance writer specializing in domestic disputes and other criminal charges. She regularly contributes articles to legal websites for those requiring assistance in bail bonds Newport Beach.