What to Do When Charged with a Crime
Criminal charges are very serious matters, no matter the crime. The prosecution’s top priority is to prove you guilty of the crime, whether you actually committed it or not. As a result, you should take the proper precautions to increase your chances of a satisfying result.
Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent
Smooth-talking the police and other authorities involved with your case may seem like it’ll increase the possibility of you walking away free, but it often results in the exact opposite of that. People often try to explain themselves, which the prosecution will then use against you in a court of law.
The 5th amendment protects people who have been charged with or accused of a crime by allowing them to refrain from saying anything that may incriminate them. As a result, you should only be speaking to authorities through your criminal defense attorney so they can ensure the correct things are said and withheld. Despite what the police say about “just wanting to understand what happened,” everything you say will be used against you.
Keep Your Situation Private
Your first reaction after being charged is to complain about your situation on social media or to your friends. You know that once something is online, it will never be able to be taken off, even if it’s off of your profile. Just as speaking to authorities can hurt your case, posting online, texting your friends, or even speaking to them in person can make a great difference in the result of your case.
Speaking sarcastically or rudely to authorities can only hurt your case. Whether you’ve been falsely accused of the crime or not, it’s important to be polite to the person with whom you are speaking. We understand these kinds of situations can cause you to be angry, emotional, or frustrated, but your compliance can give you an upper hand as we represent you throughout your case.
Contact an Attorney as Soon as Possible
Expressing your right to remain silent should last at least until you can have an attorney present. During your free consultation, we will go through your case and explore your options for moving forward such as your plea and what potential penalties you could be facing. Our criminal defense attorneys in Chicago will also use this as an opportunity to start building a case in your favor to heighten the likelihood of a favorable result.
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