The most important person in your case if you’re charged with assault is the victim. If they don’t want to testify, most of the time that’s a killer for your case. Most of the time. Today we talk about why that isn’t always true.

Topics discussed:

00:25 ‘ Why prosecutors need victims to win assault cases.

00:57 ‘ How uncooperative victims help defendants.

01:20 ‘ The 911 tape ‘ the invisible convicting machine (potentially).

01:50 ‘ The “other guy” and how that can affect your case.

02:42 ‘ How you can blow up your own assault case (in a bad way).

The biggest mistake you can make if you are charged with assault is to listen to what your friends, family, and even Google tells you about what’s going to happen. There are exceptions to every rule, and if you don’t know what those are, then you could find yourself in a very sticky situation.

Stryder J. Wegener is the managing partner and owner of Emerald City Law Group, a full-service law firm in Seattle.

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