People who are accused of assault may be tempted to sit down immediately with the police, who are asking a series of thoughtful questions, and explain what happened. This is a natural inclination for some, but it is also important to remember the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney.
A quick and reasonable explanation of the situation to the police typically does not simply cause the officer to nod his or her head, stand up, thank the suspect for the talk and walk away, never to return. Indeed, in some situations, the explanation may be misinterpreted or not fully articulated, and this is where the trouble intensifies.
Those accused of assault should find the right time to present their side of the situation. When they make sure to understand their rights and responsibilities first, they better protect their chances to demonstrate the truth.
To read more about your rights in North Carolina, please visit our assault page.