For many, being charged with any criminal activity can be a nightmare. But what if you are wrongfully charged of a crime? What recourse do you have then? You could fight the charges and spend thousands of dollars in legal fees that you might never get back. Or you could take your chance in court by pleading innocent and letting the truth speak for itself. In most cases, we believe that by being proactive, and fighting the false charges, you will be more successful at clearing your name and keeping your life from being ruined.
False criminal charges can ruin your life. You could lose your job, your spouse, your friends and your family. While we try to see the good in everyone, once we hear that someone we know has been charged with a crime, we begin to look for those hidden signs that have led up to the alleged crime and we begin to think of them as guilt even before a trial is held.
What To Do When You Are Wrongfully Charged With a Crime
So what should you do if you are wrongfully charged with a crime? First, remember that you have rights and one of those rights is to remain silent. Doing so will keep you from incriminating yourself further and making your legal matters worse. Don’t say anything, at any time, to anyone.
Contact an attorney. You are protected by client/attorney privilege and anything that you say to your attorney is kept confidential. Hiring an attorney right away will show that you are willing to fight for your rights and prove your innocence. Choose a reputable law firm and do your research before spending any money on legal counsel. This will ensure that you get the best legal representation possible and that you will have a better chance of successfully winning your case.
Finally, you want to negotiate with your prosecutors if your attorney feels like you might have a chance of losing. This is usually done when you are partially responsible for the criminal activity, whether on purpose or through no fault of your own. Your attorney will negotiate on your behalf and you could end up having the charges dropped or reduced.
Contact an Attorney
If you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime, contact an attorney right away and get the legal help you need.
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