Charged With a Crime
LexInter | August 12, 2022 | 0 Comments

9 Common Mistakes to Avoid if You are Charged With a Crime

Criminal Case

A criminal case is not the same as a civil case. A person will be accused of a criminal offense if the government thinks they committed a crime. A crime can be anything a person does which violates the law. Basically, breaching the law for any reason is said to be a crime.

If you are charged with a crime, it will follow you forever. In society, you will be viewed as a convict even after your sentence. It can be even more saddening if you are not guilty of the crime.

Sometimes, the law fails to protect the people. Thankfully, in a criminal case, the burden of proof is on the government. Meaning the government has to provide evidence to find you guilty. The government should have proof that will find you guilty beyond reasonable doubts.

Common Mistakes To Avoid When Facing Criminal Charges

Most people fail to take the necessary steps when facing criminal charges. Failing to take the necessary actions is a grave mistake. These mistakes can have severe outcomes, like being imprisoned for a crime that you didn’t do. Here are some common mistakes you should avoid when facing criminal charges:

1. Talking To The Police

Talking To The Police

DO NOT TALK TO THE POLICE. You might want to cooperate with the cops but remember, anything you say can be used against you. It is vital not to talk to the police without the presence of your lawyer.

“You have the right to remain silent. If you do say anything, it can be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have a lawyer present during any questioning. If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed for you if you so desire.”

The arresting office should read you these rights. Even if the cops don’t notify you about Miranda rights, you still have them. Remain silent till your lawyer arrives.

2. Resisting Arrest

If you resist arrest, the cops will think you did the crime. The jury will also be notified that you didn’t cooperate. Resisting arrest will look bad on your trial. When the police are trying to arrest you, even if you didn’t commit the crime, you need to cooperate. You don’t have to talk, but you need to cooperate.

3. Fleeing

Don’t panic when the cops arrive. Running away from officials is as bad as confessing to a crime. When you flee, it is basically a statement that you did the crime. Further, when the cops enquire about you, they might ask you to not travel out of the state. If you breach that agreement, it will also lessen your chances of winning your case.

4. Contacting The Victim

Contacting The Victim

When you are charged for a crime you didn’t commit, you might feel you can clear it up. Contacting the victim or the victim’s family will not clear anything up. In fact, it will turn against you in court. The officers will think that you intimidated the victim/witness. So, never try to clear anything up by contacting the victim.

5. Talking About The Case To Your Family

If you want to talk to someone about the case, talk to your lawyer. It is pivotal not to discuss with anyone about the case. Your family members will start to advise you, which will further confuse you. Dealing with a criminal case is scary but sticking with your lawyer is best for you.

6. Social Media Presence

You might have at least one social media account. It is vital for you to not post anything. Not only about the case, restrain yourself from posting anything on social media. The funny video you posted might make the officials root against you.

7. Not Hiring A Lawyer

A criminal case is not easy to deal with. The government will do everything to prove that you are guilty. If you appear in court without a lawyer, the U.S attorney will convict you like cutting through butter. When charged with a crime, the first thing you should do is to seek help from a criminal defense lawyer. An expert lawyer can help you to win the case.

8. Hiding The Truth From Your Lawyer

Hiding The Truth From Your Lawyer

Being transparent with your lawyer is pivotal to winning the case. If you hide the truth from your lawyer, they can’t help you. Remember, the U.S attorney will investigate the case thoroughly. So, they might know something your lawyer doesn’t, which can hurt you. A lawyer can prepare better when you tell them the whole truth.

9. Not Appearing In Court

A criminal case will have a jury. A jury is a body of 13 people who will decide whether you are guilty of the crime. If you miss court dates, it presents a bad image to the jury. It is vital to be present in court. Not appearing in court shows your irresponsibility. It might make the jury think against you.

Final Thoughts

Criminal charges can be daunting to deal with. It is essential to avoid these mistakes. Hire a criminal defense lawyer who can help you win the case. Do not panic when you are charged with a criminal offense. Be calm and avoid these mistakes.

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