Published on 11/21/2023, 4:31:00 PM
What Do I Do After Being Charged with Assault in Maryland? Five first steps
Being charged with an assault in Maryland can be an overwhelming experience, filled with uncertainty and anxiety about the future. This guide is designed to help you navigate these challenging times with confidence and clarity. At FrizWoods, we understand the intricacies of Maryland's legal system and are here to provide you with the support and expertise you need.
Step 1: Figure out what your Assault Charges in Maryland are
In Maryland, assault charges can vary greatly in severity, from second-degree assault, a misdemeanor, to first-degree assault, which is a felony carrying more severe consequences. Understanding the nature of your charges is crucial in preparing an effective defense.
The basis for your charges and the type of assault should be laid out in the statement of charges, which should have been given to you during an initial appearance or when being served with a summons.
Types of Assault in Maryland
Second-Degree Assault: Typically involves a battery or attempted battery with, or even without, physical harm. This charge is a misdemeanor; however, it carries a ten year maximum penalty.
First-Degree Assault: Involves the intent to cause serious physical injury, strangulation, or the use of a firearm during an assault and is categorized as a felony with more severe legal repercussions. This charge carries a twenty year maximum penalty.
Step 2: Remain Silent
Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent: It's vital to avoid self-incrimination. Exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation.
If you're in Police custody and are being asked questions, you should always invoke your right to counsel. Asking for an attorney will ensure that you aren't tricked by investigators and incriminate yourself - even if you didn't mean to!
Step 3: Seek Immediate Legal Representation.
Contacting a seasoned assault lawyer is critical. The right attorney can guide you through the legal maze of Maryland's assault laws and ensure your rights are protected. Contact FrizWoods as soon as possible to secure experienced legal representation.
Step 4: Gather and Preserve Evidence.
If you have any evidence that may support your defense, ensure it's safely preserved. This may include saving ring camera footage, or taking photographs of your injuries that you might've sustained in self defense.
Evidence comes in many forms, which might include witness testimony. Identifying witnesses for your attorney can be a huge help in your defense and cut down on investigative costs associated with criminal defense. Additionally, identfying witnesses might help your attorney evaluate defenses during a consultation.
Step 5: Prepare for Court and follow your attorney's advice
Most criminal defense lawyers will recommend steps to be taken ahead of Court that will increase your chances of a favorable result. These recommendations might differ based on the type of charges. For example, if you're charged with a domestic assault, your attorney may recommend an abuser intervention course. This might differ if you were charged with a bar fight, in which case your attorney may recommend some outpatient alcohol treatment or anger management.
Following your attorney's advice will help ensure that the potential sentence you could recieve will be as favorable as possible.
Charged with Assault? Call FrizWoods Today!
Facing an assault charge in Maryland can be a daunting experience, but you don't have to navigate it alone. With the right legal support and guidance, you can fight for your rights and work towards a favorable outcome. At FrizWoods, we are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized, effective legal representation.
If you or a loved one has been charged with assault, we encourage you to take prompt action. Visit our reviews page to see testimonials from our satisfied clients, and contact us today to schedule a consultation. Let FrizWoods be your partner in navigating these challenging times.
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