Getting charged with a crime can be stressful and frightening. However, understanding the basics of criminal law and knowing what to do and what to avoid can significantly help your case. If you’re put in such a situation, here are a few steps to take to secure the best possible outcome.
The police often want to speak to you about the circumstances of case. However, anything you say to them can, and often will, be used against you later. As such, it’s in your best interest to remain silent and ask to speak with an attorney.
Hire a lawyer.
If charged with an offense, hire a lawyer right away who specializes in criminal law. They will discuss all the available legal options, gather the necessary data, and build a compelling case to achieve a favorable outcome or minimal consequences.
Even if you are innocent of any crime, never try to run from a police officer. Don’t argue or use force. Resisting arrest can result in injury to you, fines and/or additional jail time, and it can create bigger problems with your case.
Discuss the case with others.
When dealing with a criminal charge, it’s natural to want the support of family and friends. However, refrain from discussing the details of the case with anyone but a criminal defense attorney. This includes parents, siblings, best friends, etc. If the prosecutor decides to have a peer testify against you, they would have to disclose what you discussed with them.
Knowing the steps to take after getting charged improves your chances of avoiding jail time and other penalties. The Law Office of Philip Shanahan in Anchorage, AK, has over 20 years of experience in criminal law and provides clients with quality legal counsel and representation. Whether you’ve been accused of theft or DUI, they will fight to protect your rights and best interests. To schedule a consultation, call (907) 334-3339 today, or visit the website for more information on their background and expertise.