You’ve Been Charged With A Crime. Now What?
Being arrested and eventually charged with a crime is frightening. When you’re not sure who is on your side, it is important to know how to protect yourself. If you are facing arrest or criminal charges, there are a few things you can do to avoid making things worse.
Exercise Your Right To Remain Silent
You have the right to remain silent. We all know this line. We hear it in every crime drama on television. Fortunately, it is not just a line in a script. It is your right; and it is the best way to protect yourself if you are arrested or charged with crime.
You do not have to talk to police or others, and you should not. It’s easy to fumble words when you are under pressure or in a stressful situation. When police and prosecutors can use anything you say against you — even in ways you may not have considered — it is best to remain silent until you have a lawyer on your side.
Call An Attorney Immediately
There is a reason that everyone has the right to legal counsel — because it is very hard to defend yourself when faced with criminal charges. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can talk to police or others on your own terms — not theirs. A lawyer can protect your rights while ensuring you don’t make any accidental mistakes that could hurt your case.
Your attorney can then guide you through the process of building a strong defense. Whether you are seeking a settlement or need to take your case to trial, the right attorney will be prepared to do what it takes to minimize the consequences.
If you suspect you are under investigation for a crime but have not been arrested or charged, it is still a good idea to talk to a lawyer. Getting out in front of the situation can ensure you are prepared for whatever happens.
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