False accusations wouldn’t happen in a perfect world. However, we all know that the world we live in is far from perfect, and, unfortunately, people are falsely accused of crimes they didn’t commit. If this happens to you, then you may face significant prison time, fines, and other legal consequences unless you take steps to protect yourself.
Three Steps to Take After Being Falsely Accused of a Crime
Your instinct may be to deny the accusations. However, instead of talking to the accuser, police, or prosecutors, I recommend that you:
- Hire a criminal defense lawyer. I can advise you every step of the way so that you don’t have to guess what you should do next or whether you are hurting or helping your case.
- Gather and protect relevant evidence. You may have critical evidence of an alibi. Depending on the circumstances, evidence may include witnesses, receipts, or other documentation of your location on a certain date and specific time.
- Don’t talk to anyone about the allegations. The district attorney, police, and person who accused you of the crime are not on your side. You may be tempted to confront your accuser, especially if it’s someone you’ve known well, or to tell your side of the story to the government. Unfortunately, you may do more harm than good if you have these conversations without your criminal defense lawyer present.
Don’t Pay the Price for a Crime You Didn’t Commit
False accusations can result in the stress of a criminal trial, jail time, fines, employment consequences, difficulty renting a place to live, and other complications.
I don’t want you to pay the price for a crime that you didn’t commit. However, if you fail to take the actions described above because you know you are innocent, then you could end up wrongfully convicted of a crime based on false accusations.
Contact me today to schedule a free consultation and strategy session. Let’s discuss how I can help you face the false accusations against you. My priority is to make sure that your side of the story is heard and that you are treated fairly.