It is an unfortunate reality, but every now and then people do get falsely accused of crimes. Fortunately there are legal systems in place to protect you if this happens to you.
Some studies estimate that about two and a half to five percent of all prisoners in the United States were falsely accused—which comes out to about 20,000 people. The last thing you want is to become a falsely convicted person, so here are some tips from a criminal lawyer in Lubbock, TX about what you should do if you’ve been falsely accused of a crime.
Get an attorney immediately
This is the very first thing you should do. Do not take it for granted that investigators will uncover your innocence—you need to have someone advocating for you and your rights to be involved in the investigation. Also, do not buy into the notion that hiring a defense attorney is an indication of guilt. If anything, this is the best possible tool you have available to you to increase your chances of being found not guilty.
Let your attorney do the talking
It can be very tempting to want to fire back when you’re accused of a crime, but the best strategy is to lie low and let your attorney do all the talking for you. Do not answer any questions without your attorney present—it is your legal right to stay quiet. Again, do not fall for the notion that this makes you look guilty. It’s simply the smart thing to do. An attorney will know how to answer questions in a way that won’t land you in deeper trouble than you’re already in, and can help you avoid stating any inconsistencies that could actually make you look guilty, even if they were innocent mistakes in your memory.
Do not submit to searches or seizures
If an officer comes to your home or property and wants to conduct a search, you are under no obligation to say yes unless they have a warrant. And if they have a warrant, you can bet they’re not going to ask—they’re going to come in and conduct the search whether you like it or not. Even if you are completely innocent, it is always the better idea to not let law enforcement officers into your home to conduct a search or seize any of your property.
In addition to not doing any of your own talking, you should keep a low profile in general. Do not go anywhere near the person who has accused you of a crime, no matter how tempting it may be to confront them (especially if you know them). Any conversations you have will almost certainly not end well or go in your favor. You can collect evidence, but let your attorney do most of the heavy lifting there.
You’ll need to summon up a lot of patience and serenity when accused of a crime you did not commit, but if you lean on your criminal attorney in Lubbock, TX, you should not have anything to fear. Contact the Law Office of Rob Biggers today for more information.
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