What To Do If You’re Charged With A Crime
What To Do
No doubt, your mind is full of vital questions after you have been charged with a drug crime, a violent crime or a white collar crime. The most critical question is what your life may be like after a conviction – whether or not you spend time in jail or prison.
How to give yourself the greatest chances of a favorable outcome:
You have the right to remain silent.
· Resist the urge to disclose any excuses or explanations. The police or investigators have a very different frame of reference than you. Attempting to talk your way out of the situation may be detrimental to your case.
Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
· Refrain from discussing the details of your legal matter with anyone except your attorney. This includes close friends and family members.
You have the right to an attorney.
· Contact a defense lawyer immediately. Get an initial consultation on the calendar as soon as possible.
· Keep track of any evidence you believe may help your case, such as contact information for people who may support your alibi.
· Be honest and cooperative with your lawyer. Your communications with your attorney are confidential and protected. Clear communication and close collaboration between the two of you will lay the groundwork for a successful defense.
What NOT To Do
· Do Not try to talk your way out of a problem with police or investigators.
· Do Not discuss your case in depth with anyone other than an attorney – not even those people close to you.
· Do Not give recorded statements of any kind without a lawyer’s advice and guidance.
· Do Not “wait and see what happens next.”
Any one of these actions may lead to a failed defense. You may be subject to stiff fines and penalties, including jail time or a lengthy prison sentence. A criminal record may follow you the rest of your life.
The Law Office Dante Eli Dominguez in San Antonio has additional advice that can help ensure you have the best chance available of a favorable outcome, such as a dismissal, reduction of charges or acquittal. Call 210-899-4588 or send an email inquiry to request a complimentary consultation at your earliest convenience. Get personalized answers to the crucial question of what to do if you’re charged with a crime in Texas.