5 Reasons to Hire an Aggravated Assault Attorney
Aggravated assault is an incredibly serious charge. A felony, and one almost always punishable by time in prison, it cannot be taken lightly.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people charged with such serious crimes to still try and represent themselves. This is incredibly self-defeating. Remember that even lawyers don’t represent themselves.
Allow us a moment to review with you 7 reasons you should hire an aggravated assault attorney if you’ve been charged. You won’t regret it; it could very well save you from a lengthy prison sentence.More
Reason 1: The Basics
First, let’s clear up some common confusion about why you might need an attorney. Some figure (often when they’re not guilty) that they can save money by simply representing themselves. While this is technically legal, it is a bad idea.
The American legal system is not intuitive. Its rules are confusing and seemingly small errors can have big consequences for your case.
While it is true that people representing themselves are sometimes afforded some leniency with the procedure, it is not enough to offset all the downsides. You may be unable to present evidence, misunderstand how to question witnesses, and more.
One of these mistakes could destroy your case and get you convicted.
Reason 2: Aggravated Assault Is a Serious Charge
Being charged with aggravated assault generally means you are accused of either trying to hurt someone in a way that might kill them or overwhelm them with a force so as to commit another serious crime (such as sexual assault).
There are many ways aggravated assault can be defined and you will want to look up the specifics for your state, but it’s an extremely serious charge. The prosecution is likely going to take the case as seriously as it is. You need to too.
Reason 3: Felonies Are Forever
Felonies are a black mark upon your record forever. They mean you will be unable to legally vote and greatly affect your employment opportunities. In most states, employers can ask if you are a felon, a question you must truthfully answer, and can choose not to hire you based on your answer.
Any person looking into you can also find your charges online. Aggravated assault, regardless of your side of the story, can be a hard charge to look beyond.
Finding your charges won’t be hard either. Any background check will find it and anyone who even knows your name and has a little tech-savvy can too.
While the penalties vary by state, you are likely to be unable to serve on a jury, purchase a firearm, and may even be unable to access certain social welfare programs. Leaving the country can be challenging, child custody cases will always be stacked against you…the list goes on.
As a violent crime, it is incredibly rare a felony be expunged, meaning erased from a person’s record. The only time this occasionally occurs is with youth offenders who can prove they have rehabilitated.
Adult offenders will likely carry their felony for life. The only thing that will get the felony off their record would be to win an appeal on their case.
Reason 4: You’re Going to Be Distracted
Even if you were a genuine legal professional, most people are not in the right state of mind facing a serious charge like aggravated assault.
Innocent people can still go to prison; the justice system doesn’t always get the just outcome.
This isn’t the state of mind you need to be in to defend yourself. This is doubly true because many will never have ever been to a serious trial at all before their assault trial.
A lawyer not only will do much of the difficult legal work for you but will also prepare you for the case. They can explain what will happen, possible obstacles, and tell you what to reasonably expect as your verdict.
Reason 5: Aggravated Assault Attorneys Are Pros
It may seem like an obvious point to make, but you want to win your case. You need to hire a lawyer who is knowledgable about the laws most related to your case.
Attorneys often know the basics of laws outside their fields of expertise, but the law is complex enough that specialization is still needed. Besides, a good lawyer wouldn’t represent a client looking for help in a field of law they weren’t skilled in.
A quick look at online reviews and testimonials should help vet the many lawyers online to find one that is a good fit for you. Don’t be afraid to call them either; a good lawyer will be willing to discuss the basics of what hiring them would entail and how they can help you before you have to pay a dime.
Hire an Attorney the Moment You’re Charged
If you win a case without an attorney, you aren’t skilled, you’re lucky. Please do yourself and your family a favor and take the charges seriously. You need a lawyer.
Even if you intend to admit to your guilt (or the verdict of your case seems inevitable), a good lawyer can help make sure you are able to present yourself in the best light possible.
Remember that a judge will still be deciding your exact punishment if you are deemed guilty. There is a huge gap between the lightest penalties available and the harshest.
Been charged with aggravated assault in the Houston, Texas area? It’s time to contact Matt Alford Law to hire an aggravated assault attorney. Don’t wait, contact us today.