How could i be charged with aggravated assualt?

I was having a party a three guys pull up starting trouble a fight breaks out and two of them run and one gets beat up but was not seriously hurt, no cuts or bruises, because the police arrived i was the only one charged with it but not until three weeks after it happen, what should i do?

Asked on May 24, 2009 under Criminal Law, Mississippi

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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Get a criminal defense lawyer, NOW. If you can not afford one one will be appointed for you. But if you can afford one, or get family and friends to chip in, you'll usually be far better off as this is a serious charge, with potential prison time.(AttorneyPages.com has some great ones.)

A lawyer will first try to get the charges reduced, and work out a plea deal or put the state to its proof. Perhaps there are mitigating circumstances, or the prosecutor is over-charging in expectation that you'd willingly plead to a lower offense, or even get the equivalent of a conditional discharge (if you previously had a clean record). 


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