Assault charges can be devastating, and those who are accused of assault may witness their lives unravel in all sorts of ways. Whether someone faces challenges in their career because of the charges or their reputation is shattered and they face time in prison, numerous consequences may result from these accusations. Unfortunately, many people have been falsely accused of assault. Even though the allegations are false, they can still shatter someone's life if the case is not approached correctly. For these reasons, it is pivotal to carefully review your legal options if you have been wrongly accused of assault.
You might think that the only way through which you can be convicted of a violent crime in Fullerton would be to actually take action against another. Yet that is not always the case. Many clients have come to us here at The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman thinking that their right to free speech also affords them the freedom to say whatever they want without facing any criminal charges. Yet law enforcement officials may often view the words you say as conveying an intent serious enough to warrant charging you with a crime.
For many years, eyewitness identification has been used as a source of evidence in criminal cases across the country. Whether through a physical lineup or using photographs, witnesses have been asked to pick the perpetrator out of a line of potential suspects. Yet, research shows that flaws in the eyewitness lineup process has led to the wrongful conviction and incarceration of many people. According to the Innocence Project, 350 criminal cases have been overturned after DNA evidence proved the innocence of the convicted individual. Eyewitness misidentification was involved in 70% of those cases.
People are charged with assault for all sorts of reasons, whether they unexpectedly found themselves in the middle of a bar fight or a former partner falsely accuses them of a violent attack. Regardless of the reason(s) why someone finds themselves in this position, it is important to remember that the consequences can be devastating. Even if someone is found innocent, their reputation may be damaged beyond repair and they may have to endure a considerable amount of stress.