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Remember that an arrest is not a conviction

On Behalf of | Mar 26, 2022 | Criminal Defense

If you get arrested on charges that you don’t believe are accurate, it can be very frustrating. It can also be very stressful if these are serious charges.

For example, perhaps you were out with a group of people when someone assaulted one member of that group. You acted in defense of that person and ended up taking the original attacker’s life. You know that this was self-defense, you know that you were worried that someone else was going to be injured or killed, and you know that you acted properly in defense of that individual.

But the police show up, and they still arrest you. This feels unfair, but this is when you need to remember that your arrest is not a conviction.

The police may not know what happened

Keep in mind that a police officer who is showing up to a scene where someone has been killed doesn’t actually know what took place. You can tell them that you acted in self-defense, but they don’t know yet if that’s true or if you’re simply making it up to get out of the charges. With something this serious, they’re likely still going to arrest you and let the whole thing get sorted out in court.

That’s when it’s important to present your side of the story accurately. Everyone deserves a fair trial, no matter how serious the crime. You get a chance to explain why what you did was justified and why you shouldn’t be convicted.

This doesn’t necessarily make the situation less difficult to deal with, but it can at least remove some of your stress and worry. It can help you keep a clear mind while you focus on looking into your defense options.