In Arizona, you can get charged for assault if you hit, slap, kick, spit on, or even verbally abuse another person. But if you haven’t done anything wrong, the Schill Law Group wants you to know that hiring an attorney is critical if you’ve been charged with misdemeanor assault. Here are 5 ways a misdemeanor assault charge can have an impact on your life.
Misdemeanor assault charges show up in your background and criminal history
Misdemeanor assault charges will show up in your background and criminal history. The charges, recorded conviction, or another outcome, as well as details surrounding the case, will become a matter of public record. These charges can stop you from getting a job, moving to a new apartment, or thriving in social situations.
At Schill Law Group, we are passionate defenders and will rigorously defend all defendants so that their future won’t be forever impacted by assault charges. With these charges, you can be labeled dangerous or violent and experience stigma and harassment. As your representatives, we’ll fight to get you less time, prove your innocence, or point out flaws in the investigation.
Incarceration can lead to mental and physical distress
You’re innocent until proven guilty. But if you’re found guilty, you may be sentenced to jail, the most painful consequence that might not even be necessary or appropriate for the situation. Furthermore, broken locks and unsafe drinking water are among the risks of being incarcerated in Arizona. Ultimately, the mental degradation of jail can lead to incredible suffering and life-altering consequences.
Community service and fines will prove inconvenient
What if you’re sentenced to hundreds of hours of community service and a full plate of responsibilities? Completing community service hours or paying fines isn’t always an easy process. But ignoring these legal requirements after a case can get you locked up. If you’ve been charged with assault, your life will get harder not easier.
Violence may become your answer to problems
While we’re here to represent you, we also have your best interests at heart. If you’ve used violence to solve your problems in the past before, there’s a risk that next time it will be easy to repeat those behaviors. Research into violence in the media shows that people can get an adrenaline rush just by having violence presented to them. Whether resulting in a conviction or not, misdemeanor assault charges can propel you down a dark path in life.
Misdemeanor assault charges can destroy relationships
Even if you think you’ve done nothing wrong, you may still need to separate yourself from the complainant. The person who files charges against you may feel fearful and worried over possible retaliatory attacks. Their family and friends may wish to file a restraining order against you to eliminate future contact. Your side of the story may not matter prior to the outcome of a trial and even afterward.
Therefore, it’s apparent that if you think you’ve been wrongfully charged, know that misdemeanor assault charges may destroy relationships while leaving you no room to defend yourself. If you know the complainant or once had a healthy relationship with them, you may have to live with the burden of never being able to communicate with that person again for legal reasons.
If you’re ready to face your misdemeanor assault charges, the Schill Law Group can help you prepare for a case. Contact us today at (480)-485-0748 for a free consultation. We’re here to provide a strong defense for you so you don’t have to suffer the negative impacts of being charged with assault.