You’re not a violent person, and you never expected to end up in a physical altercation with your roommate, neighbor or some stranger at a bar — but it happened. Now, the police are involved and you’re worried you may end up facing charges (even if the other guy started things).
Four things you can do to help yourself after a fight
The thought of being arrested and charged with assault can make people panic, so take a deep breath and remember these tips:
- Do not talk to the police. You have an absolute right to remain silent, and you should exercise that right. Don’t be fooled by an officer who seems sympathetic to your situation and try to tell your side of the story or talk yourself out of trouble. Anything you say really can end up being used against you.
- Do not try to contact or negotiate with the alleged victim. Whether the fight just ended or happened several days ago, you may want to reach out and apologize, try to calm things down or appeal to reason. However, that could be seen as harassment or stalking.
- Do not blast your feelings out on social media. This is a traumatic time, and it’s natural to reach out to others, but anything you put online can be taken in to court by the prosecution. If you need to talk to someone or vent your anger, find a therapist.
- Call a criminal defense attorney. This isn’t something you can handle on your own. An experienced defender can help you resolve the situation without undue damage to your life or future.
This is a difficult time, to be certain, but you will get through it as long as you make good decisions moving forward.