The law, and being charged under the law with the crime, would make anyone understandably nervous. It’s a nerve-wracking experience for a variety of reasons; the arcane language of the legal system can be difficult to understand, and it is easy to become confused about what is happening.. Additionally, if you are found guilty, it could be devastatingly life-changing; you could pay huge fines, have a serious crime on your record that would impact future career choices, and you could even spend time in prison, which is definitely not in your plan for yourself. Yet often, people end up being found guilty simply because they made some simple mistakes, the avoidable kind that many who are facing criminal charges have made. Here are a few common mistakes that you should avoid:
- Don’t Talk to the Police
They’re here to serve and protect, and they often put their lives on the line to help others, but if you’ve been charged with a crime, it is their duty to look for any and all evidence to prove your guilt.. When you’ve been arrested and charged, that’s it – they’re committed. Let your attorney do the talking for you; the police officer is not, nor will they ever be, “on your side” in this matter.
- Don’t Contact the “Victim”
Some think that by contacting and talking to the other side of the case, they can simply work things out outside of court. Whether that means coming to a settlement or deal outside of court or coming to an understanding – don’t do it! You could make some very damaging admissions in the course of such a process which would leave you in a bad position, plus you could be charged with tampering with a witness. Let your attorney work out a deal or agreement for you!
- Don’t Discuss the Case with Anyone but Your Attorney
You’re innocent until proven guilty, but when you tell the facts of the case to someone, they may at some point be obligated to testify against you. This can impact the appearance of your innocence, even if it is true, based on what you said to the person testifying. Keep everything between yourself and your attorney and you will be doing everyone you know a favor!