When you face criminal charges, it’s important to remember that the results could be life-altering. Facing prison time, hefty fines, and a criminal record are some possible consequences of a conviction. Therefore, it’s important to understand how the criminal justice system works and what steps you can take to ensure that you protect your rights. Remember, when facing criminal charges, anything you say or do can be used against you in a court of law. So follow this advice to help protect your rights when facing criminal charges.
Talking About Your Case With Friends and Family
It is tempting to talk about your case with friends or family members. You may want to vent about how unfair the charges are or just want someone on your side. However, if you discuss the details of your case with anyone other than your attorney, you could be putting yourself in serious legal trouble. The best thing for most people is to keep quiet about their cases until they have spoken with an attorney who can explain exactly what is going on and help them understand how best to proceed.
Talking With the Police or Investigators
The first thing you should never do when facing criminal charges is act arrogant or defensive. This shows the court that you have little respect for its authority and will likely cause them to believe that you are guilty. You want them to think that you are innocent until proven guilty. If they believe you are guilty before they have all of the facts, they may make decisions based on their own opinions instead of using the law as their guide.
If you’re accused of a crime and know you are guilty, don’t flee from the police. Running gives the police an excuse to use force against you and can lead to more serious charges. Even if you’re not guilty, running away from the police will only make them more suspicious of you. It’s better to stay in one place and wait for them to find and arrest you than try to escape or evade them.
Don’t lie to the police or try to hide evidence from them. Never give false information about anything related to your case, even if it seems harmless at the time. Anything you say could be used against you later in court, so be truthful at all times and don’t make any statements unless necessary for your defense or unless an attorney advises you to do so.
Don’t destroy evidence or attempt to flee jurisdiction before trial (fleeing jurisdiction is called “flight risk”). If you suspect that someone may try to flee jurisdiction before trial, contact an attorney immediately so they can talk with their client about whether it’s necessary for them to stay in town during this period or if it’s okay for them to go back home if they live somewhere else.
Talking to the Press
If you are facing criminal charges, then it’s very likely that the press will be interested in your story. Unfortunately, talking to reporters can hurt your case more than help. The media can twist something you say into an incriminating story and use it against you in court. Talking to reporters can also lead to trouble with the law enforcement officials investigating your case. The last thing they want is for someone who knows about their investigation to go on record with their version of events before they have a chance to speak with them themselves.
The main takeaway from this should be that when you are facing criminal charges, there are certain things that you should and shouldn’t do. First, you must be cooperative and show up in court because if you don’t, the courts may issue a warrant for your arrest. Conversely, if you run, the prosecutor will likely take even more serious action against you.