You were sitting at home when a stranger knocked on the door. They were a neighbor from the area, and they just wanted to introduce themselves. You were friendly to them at first, but as they became more unusual to speak to, you tried to excuse yourself and end the conversation.

Not long after you said you needed to go and tried to shut the door, the other person grabbed you and started to strike at you. In self-defense against the attacker, you grabbed a sharp object off the table beside you and struck them with it, leaving them bleeding and you with only a few minor scrapes and bruises.

The neighbor fled, and you were about to call 911 when a police car rolled up to your house with its lights on. The neighbor had the police come to the scene, and you received a shock when they told you that you were under arrest for assault with a weapon. You explained that you were attacked first, but it seemed to fall on deaf ears.

What should you do if you find yourself falsely accused of assault?

In this case, it may be a “he-said, she-said,” kind of situation. Unless another neighbor witnessed the attack, it could be hard to prove who was the aggressor. Medical exams can take a look at bruising, cuts and the angles of injuries that were inflicted.

The exam might show things like the neighbor’s arm having bruises that line up with you trying to shut the door, for example. Regardless, it’s in your best interest to get a medical exam and to stay quiet until you speak with your attorney. These cases can quickly get out of hand, so it’s best to do all you can to protect your innocence.