Being accused of committing any crime can be devastating. With your reputation, freedom, career or even life on the line, it is perfectly normal to be worried about how things will turn out for you.
However, it is important to understand that your words and actions have a strong influence on the direction your case will take. Here are some mistakes you need to steer clear of as soon as you are accused of a crime.
Talking too much
When the police stop you or come to your home or place of work, they will ask you questions. These might include your names and proof of identity. It is okay to answer these questions. However, if the police ask you if you have been drinking during a DUI stop or if you have recently been at the scene of the alleged crime, you have the right to remain silent or politely respond by saying that you can only talk in the presence of your legal representative. Keep in mind that anything you say can be used against you during the trial.
Of course, no one likes being handcuffed. It can be tempting to try to fight back if you feel you are innocent or if you believe the police are using excessive force during your arrest. Some people even try to resist a legitimate exercise like taking a breathalyzer test. If you feel the police are violating your rights, take note of this or ask the people present to take notes, photos and videos so you can talk to your legal representative about your concerns. Resisting an arrest or fighting a law enforcement officer can only compound your woes.
Facing a criminal charge can be overwhelming. Avoiding costly mistakes while going through a legal process can protect you from further trouble and help you better defend yourself during the trial.