Building a Defense in Maryland APO Cases
Assault on an officer charges in Maryland are taken very seriously and often come with severe consequences. For this reason it’s important that you make sure your defense is as strong as possible. Below, Maryland assault lawyer Seth Okin discusses how defenses for an APO charge are built and what mistakes you should avoid if charged with assaulting a police officer.
Building a Defense for APO Charges
When I’m building a defense for APO charges, I’m looking for tangible evidence of whether someone was there. When the police arrived and someone was there, is there a video of it? Everybody’s got a cellphone these days and so if there’s video, that is usually a good place to start.
When I first examine a case, I’m trying to find out what happened. How someone hit a police officer and for what reason? Was there any contact? Was it the client who made contact first or was it the officer who hit him first? That’s usually what I’m looking for: how did the two of you get into an altercation
Biggest Mistakes to Avoid in Maryland APO Cases
One common mistake I see is individuals not taking APO charges seriously. That is the number one mistake. People just don’t take it seriously. People seem to think, “No problem. I can go to court. I’ll take care of it.” But, you can’t. You’re going to go court and if you do go to court without an attorney then you’re going to get yourself in a lot of trouble.
How Can An Attorney Help?
The first line of defense is protection against hurting yourself in the context of your case. You have the right to remain silent and as long as you’re silent, it’s hard to hurt yourself.
If you were the person that was attacked, that’s different, and that’s also one of the things that can be pointed out.