Not every person accused of a crime in Minnesota is guilty. In fact, many cases never even make it to trial because they are dismissed. Others cases may be heard before a judge or jury, with the defendant being found not guilty. Sadly, it is also possible for an innocent person to be wrongly accused or convicted. There have been times where people have claimed false assault allegations against innocent people.
What should a person do if he or she is falsely accused of assault? There are several things to keep in mind, the first of which is that it is never a good idea to argue with police or to resist arrest. It is always best to remain calm and cooperate, and to take appropriate legal steps to resolve the issue.
Gather as much evidence and as many witnesses as possible
Every person accused of assault or other criminal activity is guaranteed an opportunity to refute the charges against him or her in court. There are several types of evidence that can help bring false accusations to light, including an alibi. If a defendant can show that he or she was at a location other than the site of the assault when it took place, it is strong evidence in his or her favor. It is also helpful to have witnesses who are willing to testify to one’s character or to establish that they were with the defendant at the time he or she is accused of committing assault and can state unequivocally that the defendant did not do the things he or she stands accused of doing.
Acting alongside an experienced criminal defense attorney is best
Minnesota law does permit someone to act in his or her own defense in a court of law. However, many people take comfort in the fact that they can hire an attorney to represent them in court, rather than going it alone. Especially in cases of alleged assault, a courtroom can become emotionally charged and having an attorney to do the talking helps avoid outbursts.