When someone calls the police to report another person for alleged wrongdoing, authorities receive the caller’s side of the story first. As a result, officers may be acting on information that does not fully explain what happened. Unfortunately, this could lead to officers arresting a person may who may only have the ability to tell his or her side of the story in court while defending against criminal charges.
One man in Massachusetts may be hoping to clear up a situation after recently being taken into custody. According to reports, the man approached the apartment of another man and knocked. When the occupant opened the door, he claims that the man showed him a gun, at which point the occupant shut the door and called emergency services. The report indicated that the two men know each other but have not seen each other for an undisclosed amount of time.
The man who knocked reportedly left the apartment before authorities arrived, but officers located him inside the building. They apparently did not find a gun on or with the man. Nonetheless, he was taken into custody and is currently facing charges for disorderly conduct and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Criminal charges of any type can be difficult to address, but when they involve assault allegations — particularly with a weapon — there is even more on the line. This Massachusetts man will certainly want to ensure that he approaches his case as well as possible. It may benefit him to gain more information on the exact allegations brought against him and his available defense options.