What Should I Do if I Am Falsely Accused of a Crime?
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Being accused of a crime you haven’t committed can be terrifying and personally devastating. It can be confusing and you may be unsure what to do. Regardless of your innocence, you must take immediate steps to protect yourself and your future—and we can help. Call Crain Lewis Brodgon, LLP as soon as possible to speak to a defense attorney.
Steps to Take When Wrongfully Accused of a Crime
Aside from hiring a Dallas criminal defense attorney (which is the very first thing you should do), there are a few things you should keep in mind when being accused of criminal activity. In order to defend your innocence and your good name, remember the following:
- You have the right to remain silent: You do not have to answer every question law enforcement asks, and you do not have to respond to every accusation, even if the accusations are entirely baseless or incorrect. If you speak up in your own defense, every word you say can and will be used against you in court. Even if you make a small mistake and misspeak in a way that could potentially indicate guilt or fault, your words can come back to bite you and make a huge difference in your case. As soon as you are arrested and being questioned about alleged criminal activity, get in touch with us right away.
- You don’t have to allow searches or testing without a proper warrant: Just because police show up at your home or pull you over and ask to perform a search doesn’t mean you are required to allow it. While it is true that initially turning down a search could make you look guilty in the short run, it is important to ensure you are not unnecessarily scrutinized or investigated, especially because you can never know exactly what police may uncover. Unless they provide proof of an official search warrant, you are not legally obligated to submit to a search.
- Do not get rid of any evidence: Aside from complicating your case unnecessarily, this one just makes you look really guilty. If you fear a certain piece of evidence may give a judge or jury cause to convict you of a crime, don’t destroy it. Consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can defend you when the evidence gives the false appearance of wrongdoing.
What Happens if I Am Wrongfully Imprisoned for a Crime I Didn’t Commit?
Unfortunately, it does sometimes happen that people are convicted and sentenced to criminal punishments they do not deserve. Sometimes this occurs because of what is known as “malicious prosecution,” which occurs when a person abuses the legal system by using it as a means to harass, punish, or harm another person, such as in cases of deliberately false accusations.
Our team at Crain Lewis Brogdon, LLP understands how personally devastating false accusations and undue legal punishments can be. We are here to help you fight your criminal charges, even if you are already dealing with the fallout, and we are prepared to do whatever it takes to serve you.
Schedule your free consultation with one of our Dallas criminal defense lawyers today.