Should You Contact the Victim of a Violent Crime?
Have you been arrested and charged with a violent crime? Individuals accused of a violent crime often want to contact the alleged victim to smooth things over and possibly drop the charges.
Unfortunately, doing so could be detrimental to your case. When you have been arrested and charged with a violent crime, you can feel compassion for the victim. However, your actions might jeopardize your case and result in additional legal trouble.
Instead of contacting the victim, call Metcalf Falls, Criminal Defense Attorneys, P.A. Attorney Metcalf works to clear your name and protect your rights. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Never Contact the Victim of a Violent Crime
Contacting the victim of a violent crime is never wise. Even if there are false allegations against you, reaching out to the victim does more harm than good.
Additional Charges for Contacting the Victim
You could face additional charges such as:
- Violating a protection order
- Intimidating a witness
- Tampering with evidence
- Stalking or cyberstalking
Contacting the Victim Won’t Help in Court
It will also look terrible for you in court if the jury hears that you attempted to contact the victim. They may believe that you were trying to coerce the victim, intimidate them, or otherwise harm them in some way. When your freedom relies on convincing the jury of your innocence, your contact with the victim in question should be nonexistent.
What Should You Do?
Rather than risking your case by contacting the victim, call an aggressive legal defender who can help you clear your name. Attorney Brett Metcalf has successfully defended many clients. You deserve the best possible defense to protect your future and your freedom.
The following are certain actions you can take to help your case:
- Turn over all financial records, cell records, emails, and texts that could benefit your case
- Cooperate fully with your attorney
- Avoid posting details on social media
- Discuss your case with your attorney only
Brett Metcalf Handles all Violent Crimes
Some of the most common types of violent crimes we handle in Hillsborough County include:
- Domestic violence
Penalties Associated with a Conviction
When you have been charged with a violent crime, fighting for your freedom has never been more critical. Violent crimes often have the harshest penalties. Depending on the nature of your crime, you could face:
- Significant prison time
- Hefty fines
- Parole requirements
- Community service
- Immigration or citizenship issues
- Loss of gun rights
- Child custody and visitation issues
You could worsen the penalties you’re already facing and add time to your sentence if you try to contact the victim.
Contact a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Hillsborough County
Contacting the victim of a violent crime may seem like a good idea, but it isn’t. Never reach out to the victim of a violent crime. Instead, focus on how you’re going to defend yourself at trial so you can avoid the penalties of a conviction.
Schedule your initial case review today using our quick contact form. Or call our Hillsborough County office at 813-258-4800 to discuss your case with Metcalf Falls, Criminal Defense Attorneys, P.A.