It makes for a great story on primetime television dramas, but you never think it’ll happen to you. Being falsely accused of a crime in Lubbock, TX is the stuff nightmares are made of, and because they don’t expect it, most people don’t know what to do when they’re arrested for something they didn’t do.
It’s important that you understand how to protect yourself—and part of that includes knowing a skilled, reliable attorney who can fight for your rights. Call them as soon as you are allowed a phone call, and never speak to law enforcement without an attorney present.
In some cases, you might be falsely accused of a crime, but not charged. Most people want to confront the accuser and sort it out, or force them to stop somehow—but this is unwise, and may even lead to witness intimidation charges. Instead, talk to your attorney about the situation and follow their advice. If you are charged later, they’ll already be familiar with the facts of the case and will be able to help you more effectively.
How to protect the evidence
After you’re released from custody, you’ll need to preserve any evidence that will support your claim. This can include physical evidence from the crime scene (make a list if you weren’t able to retrieve it yourself), documentation (such as cell phone records, GPS records, photos, bank accounts, emails, letters, contractors and more) that prove the crime couldn’t have happened the way the authorities think it did, and lists of possible witnesses or alibis. This information should be shared with your attorney as soon as possible.
Here are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind if you’ve been falsely accused:
- Do hire an attorney: When it comes to protecting your rights, a skilled attorney knows the system better than you do and will be able to advise you as to the best course of action. It might be tempting to talk to law enforcement and witnesses—after all, you’re innocent—but your attorney can do that in a safe and legal manner that will protect you.
- Do preserve as much evidence as possible: As noted above, keeping good records and sharing evidence with your attorney can help your case. If you’re unable to obtain the evidence yourself, your attorney may be able to subpoena records and witnesses that will assist you in proving your innocence.
- Don’t destroy evidence: Sometimes the falsely accused get understandably agitated and destroy anything that might make them look bad, even if they didn’t commit the crime. Not only does this backfire by making you look bad, but you might face additional charges for tampering with the evidence or crime scene.
- Don’t submit to testing or give law enforcement your evidence: Finally, never submit to any sort of testing, such as DNA testing, or give law enforcement any of your collected evidence without getting advice from your attorney first.
Knowing what to do if you’re falsely accused in Lubbock, TX is important, and a zealous and experienced attorney can help put your mind at ease. Call The Law Office of Rob Biggers for a consultation, and rest assured knowing we’ll fight for you.
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