False Accusations in 7 Steps
There are few things as life altering as being falsely accused of a crime. The criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer have developed an arsenal of legal resources and skills over the years in protecting the rights of those facing serious criminal accusations. We are prepared to provide individuals with the support and strategies needed to build a solid case for a positive outcome. To learn more about how we may be able to prove that the accusations against you have been falsely made, please call us at (866) 444-6363 for a free, confidential consultation.
1. Being Accused
It is unfortunately common for people to be falsely accused of a crime. Individuals who did not commit the crime they were arrested for may simply assume that the truth will prevail. While that should ideally occur, it is not always the case. If you are facing charges in Maryland for a crime you did not commit, it is crucial that you immediately seek representation that can help you build your defense. People believe what they see and hear. Jurors are no different. An experienced lawyer can help build a solid defense.
2. Being Arrested
Being arrested for a crime that you did not commit is a frightening experience, to say the least. To help protect your rights and reputation, it is important to begin the process of building an effective case against the charges as soon as possible. Choosing a lawyer who is trustworthy and has the right experience is absolutely essential and should be the first step you take when confronted with criminal charges.
3. The Challenges Begin
One common challenge a defendant faces is the intimidation of law enforcement and prosecutors. In some situations, an individual will admit guilt or accept a plea deal as a way to put an end to the difficult situation before even talking to a lawyer or fully understanding his or her legal rights and options. Society may forget that a person is innocent until proven guilty, but it does not mean that you should sacrifice your freedom out of fear.
4. Preparing for Your Case
Depending on the details of your arrest and the charges being made against you, you may be incarcerated before your hearing and/or trial or you may be released on bail. It is essential to only discuss the specifics of your case with your attorney, who can also advise you on the best way to prepare for court proceedings. Above all else, remember to stay calm and keep a positive mind.
At Alpert Schreyer, our lawyers are committed to empowering you, our client, with knowledge and helping you devise the most effective plan to set things straight.
5. Fighting False Allegations
False allegations must be fought aggressively on court. The burden of proof in any criminal case is on the prosecution. But it is critical for a defense attorney to do his job and present the case properly and logically to the jury. There are also cases when a falsely accused defendant may have to negotiate a plea agreement to a lesser crime to have the charges lessened or dismissed. The criminal justice system is complicated and the right choice for the defendant may not always be the obvious choice.
6. The Defendant’s Rights
Given the right circumstances, a wrongfully accused defendant may be able to file a civil suit. In order to successfully file a civil suit the defendant must:
- Be wrongfully accused of a crime
- Plead not guilty
- Successfully have the charges dismissed
- In such cases, the defendant may be able to file a suit against the accuser. A malicious prosecution suit is a way for wrongfully charged defendants to hold their accuser accountable for their actions. A successful civil lawsuit may result in compensation for attorney fees, bail bond, lost wages and compensation for the damage caused to the defendant’s reputation.
7. Years of Experience On Your Side
The Alpert Schreyer legal team conducts extensive investigations to identify weaknesses in the police report and/or the prosecutor’s argument. If we detect that there is missing evidence, we will present this concern so that the proper evidence is gathered. We have the insight and skills to challenge the accuracy of forensic evidence and utilize efficient defense strategies to present your side of the story.
With the legal and scientific resources that our law firm utilizes, we evaluate the full scope of a criminal case to make sure that a strong argument is built. If you are seeking answers to help you through this difficult time, contact us today. We offer free case evaluations.