It is not necessary for an individual to be defended by an attorney but in most criminal cases when the defendant is facing a possible jail or prison sentence one seeks a criminal defense specialist. Once you have been charged with a crime the next step should be getting in contact with an attorney that will be representing you during court. Until you have been proven guilty you will be presumed to be innocent.
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A person accused of a violent crime can legitimately claim that the violence was necessary for self-defense. A legitimate self-defense claim legally justifies an acquittal.
Jose Edgar Raya has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend with a sharp object. He is currently being remanded in Santa Cruz County Jail after Watsonville police arrested him on Tuesday.
Jessica Orozco filed a federal civil lawsuit against San Francisco’s police department claiming emotional distress due to negligence, assault and battery. According to The San Francisco Chronicle, Orozco is seeking an unspecified amount as compensation.