Being accused of committing a crime is a big deal. If you have been accused of a crime, it is important that you take appropriate steps to defend yourself and have your charges either reduced or dismissed.
However, while figuring out your options, it is crucial that you avoid costly mistakes that can worsen an already difficult situation. Here are three mistakes you need to steer clear of when facing a criminal charge in California, or anywhere else for that matter.
Resisting a lawful arrest or fighting the police could be detrimental to your case. In fact, according to California statutes, resisting arrest is a misdemeanor that can attract an additional charge against you. Fighting the police can also threaten your safety, especially if weapons are involved.
Talking to the police
When the police come around to execute an arrest, chances are they will inform you of your Miranda Rights. Even if they do not, it is important to understand that you do not have any legal obligation whatsoever to speak to the arresting officer. Trying to explain your “side of the story” can result in incriminating disclosures that may be used against you during the trial.
Contacting your accuser or the witnesses
It is crucial that you avoid all forms of contact with your accuser or anyone involved in your case as a prosecution witness. This may amount to intimidation and witness tampering, which can land you in further trouble.
You have the right to defend yourself if you have been accused of a crime, and every good defense starts with understanding what you can do to avoid making the situation worse.