Finding yourself in police custody is terrifying, even if you expect to be released from jail in a few hours. Law enforcement officials work hard to ensure that anyone charged with a crime, regardless of how minor, is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Regardless of whether your possible penalty is a large fine or jail time, it is crucial that you take steps to secure your rights. One misstep could give the prosecution an easy victory while destroying your own future. If you or someone close to you is ever charged with a crime, there are three mistakes you should never make.
Talking About the Case with Everyone
A nervous person may attempt to relieve some tension by speaking with those around them. Unfortunately, it is easy to reveal too many things to the wrong person. If you are taken into custody, do not discuss your case with those incarcerated around you, the officers guarding you, or during phone calls with friends. Those looking for leniency for themselves may betray your confidence in an effort to reduce their own sentences. The only person you need to discuss your case in detail with is your attorney.
The average person lies approximately two times per day, with over 90% of adults admitting to lying in their personal and professional lives. Being caught in a lie can lead to serious problems for anyone, but if you have recently been charged with a crime, lying can be your undoing. People charged with crimes often lie about their whereabouts attempting to provide themselves with an alibi or commit perjury while testifying or giving a statement. These actions destroy one’s credibility and make the job of a criminal defense attorney much harder. In some cases, lies can lead to a person being charged with even more crimes than he or she was already facing.
Speaking to Police Without an Attorney Present
It is natural for people who know that they are innocent of any crime to volunteer to answer police questions in the hopes that criminal charges will be dropped. Unfortunately, voluntarily answering the police’s questions, even if you have done nothing, places you at significant risk. Law enforcement officers are trained to get information out of a person and can use minor errors in speech or honest errors to confuse their suspect. To avoid accidently implicating yourself or saying things that make you appear dishonest, never speak to police officers without your attorney present.
Retain an Aggressive Attorney
If you are being charged with a crime, finding a criminal defense attorney to represent you should be your first priority. A qualified attorney can review your case and determine what defense options are best for you. They can help you avoid making mistakes that could damage your case and work to resolve any damage caused by mistakes made before they were retained. Instead of attempting to handle this stressful time on your own, contact Brassel Alexander, LLC. Our team of aggressive attorneys are ready to provide you with the zealous defense you need if you have been charged with a crime. Call our conveniently located Annapolis, Maryland office today at 443-837-9800 to schedule an initial consultation today.