Toledo, OH asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Ohio

Q: My brother is in jail for assault & I was involved but I didn't hit the guy will I be charged too if I come forward?

He's going through trial & the state took over will I get charged if I come forward to tell my side of the story

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: If you were involved in the incident that led to your brother's arrest, there is a possibility that you could be charged as well, depending on the circumstances of the case and the evidence available to the prosecution.

However, if you did not actually commit the assault and did not actively participate in the incident, it is less likely that you would be charged. It is important to be honest with law enforcement and the court about what happened, but also to consult with an attorney before making any statements or taking any actions that could potentially incriminate yourself.

If you believe that you have information that could help your brother's defense, you should consider speaking with his attorney. They can advise you on the best course of action and help you understand the potential risks and benefits of coming forward.

It is important to note that withholding information or lying to law enforcement or the court can result in serious legal consequences, including charges of obstruction of justice or perjury. Therefore, it is important to be truthful and forthcoming, but to also protect your legal rights and interests.

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