What You Should Do When Accused Of A Crime You Did Not Commit
If someone has accused you of a crime based on false allegations, or if you have been arrested or are being investigated, this can be a very traumatic experience.
When you did not commit a crime but you are being accused of one, you might suddenly feel like everybody is treating you as if are already guilty. You might feel a whole spectrum of emotions like fear, anger, confusion, and so forth.
You are still within your rights to express your side of the situation, but there is a right time and place for it. When you are charged with a crime that you did not commit, follow this advice.
Get An Attorney If Accused Of A Crime
The biggest mistake that people make when they are under investigation, arrested, or questioned by the law about something that they allegedly did is that they do not ask for an attorney before saying or doing anything.
It does not matter if you know that the accusations are false because prosecutors and the police can use your words against you.
When someone wrongfully accused you of a crime, you need to get an experienced attorney to represent you right away, before you do anything else.
An attorney who has expertise in criminal defense has the best strategy in handling these types of situations and can advise you in how you should respond. The attorney has your best interest in mind. They will do everything possible to ensure that your rights are protected and that your hearing will be fair.
Do Not Resist Arrest
When the police arrest you for a crime that you did not commit, it is vital that you remain calm and comply with the authorities. If you resist in any way or try to flee, you will make matters worse.
Still, do not forget that when you are arrested, you are not obligated to answer any questions. If your attorney advises you to answer certain questions, it is recommended that you should follow his instructions in responding, but you can still refuse to answer if that’s what you choose to do.
Stay Silent If Accused Of A Crime You Did Not Commit
Other than providing your name and requesting an attorney, you are under no obligation to answer any other questions. Do not try to outsmart the authorities with creative answers. People in law enforcement are trained in interrogation techniques that can glean what they need to know out of you or corner you into saying something that you did not intend to say.
When someone accused you of a crime that you didn’t commit, it is human nature to say everything possible with the intention of proving your innocence. This reaction can make the matter worse for you.
This is because you are speaking from a highly charged and emotional state. You might become overwhelmed with panic and desperation and not be able to think straight. You might blurt out all kinds of irrelevant information that might not fit together, making it look even more suspicious to the law.
You are within your rights to not answer any questions, so you should make the most of your right. The prosecution can use each word that you uttered in court. Therefore, it is best to remain silent until you speak to your attorney.
Only Allow A Search If There Is A Warrant
Sometimes, the police can appear at your place of residence or business to search your property because you were somehow allegedly associated with a crime. The authorities might use intimidation to make their way in. If the police do not show you a legal search warrant, do not allow them inside.
Not letting them search your property is not your admission of guilt. You know that you did not commit a crime, so the law should not be searching your property. Sometimes the police can find something that they think is associated with a crime even though it is not. Something like that can be used against you and it will be harder to prove that you are not guilty.
There are laws that can protect you, so you should make the most of them. If you are totally innocent, it is better if you do not allow a search without a legal warrant.
Contact An Experienced Attorney If Accused Of A Crime
These are just a few important pieces of advice that can help you if someone wrongfully accused you of a crime that you did not commit. If you are in this situation, our attorneys at The Law Office Of Jeremy Loew will fight for your rights and to prove your your innocence.
Call us today to discuss your case, confidentially, and let us help you clear your name.
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