What to do When You’re Accused of a Crime

In Uncategorized by Garrett, Walker, Aycoth & Olson, Attorneys at Law

If you’ve been accused of a serious crime, the first thing you need to do is take a deep breath and try to stay calm. It’s natural to feel scared and overwhelmed, but it’s important to remember that you have rights and there are steps you can take to protect yourself. 

Your defense strategy will depend upon the specific charges against you. If you’re charged with a misdemeanor, you may have to go through a series of court appearances or complete some other type of punishment.

Facing felony charges carries much more severe penalties and will likely require you to appear before a judge for an arraignment hearing where the judge will read you your rights and ask if you understand them.

Below is a look at some of the first steps you should take after being accused of a crime:

Arrange Bail

After you are taken into custody, you will be brought to jail. Depending on the severity of your charges, you may or may not be given the opportunity to post bail and secure your release. If bail is set, a friend or family member will need to contact a bail bondsman right away. Once the bondsman receives payment and posts your bond, you will be released from jail within an hour or two.

Remain Silent

Even if you have been accused of a crime and are innocent, it is in your best interest to remain silent until you have hired a criminal lawyer. If you speak with law enforcement without an attorney present, they may attempt to use what you say against you in court. Don’t try to defend yourself without legal counsel! It’s likely that this isn’t the only time you’ve been in trouble with the law, so it’s best not to go it alone when it comes time for sentencing or a trial.

Gather Evidence

In order for your criminal lawyer to properly defend you against the charges, they will require evidence from you. This evidence could include things like texts, emails, photos, and other forms of communication that are relevant to your case. You should also make note of any witnesses that could help prove your innocence and provide testimony on your behalf

Find an Attorney

The most important step you can take in this situation is to find an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. These criminal lawyers can help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process, build a strong defense strategy on your behalf, and work to obtain the best outcome possible for your case.

An experienced legal team should be skilled lawyers with the knowledge and resources necessary to get the best results for our clients. They understand that being charged with a crime can be a daunting experience, which is why they work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the best possible outcome. The most important thing is to get in touch with an experienced criminal lawyer, as soon as possible. They will be able to explain your options and help you navigate the legal system.