Criminal Defense Tips for Minimizing the Impact of a Being Put on Trial
Oct 24, 2016
If you have been charged with a crime, using these Criminal Defense Tips may serve you well inside and outside of a courtroom.
It can be tempting to take a favorable plea or sign something, to avoid far more legal jeopardy down the road. Don't plead to anything, sign anything, or make a detailed statement about the alleged crime without speaking to a lawyer.
Never talk about your case with anyone else either. With the possible exception of your spouse, anyone you speak to could turn into a witness for the prosecution if the case goes to trial. Even people who know better than to talk to the police will describe an incident and their role in it to friends and relatives. If you talk in jail, your cell mate could easily end up being a witness for the prosecution as well.
Miranda Rights don't automatically come into play when the police stop you. If the police question you, remember that anything you say can be used against you even if your Miranda Rights have not been read to you. If you are not under arrest yet you can still incriminate yourself and undermine your future legal defense.
Always contact a private defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested. Even if you don't have the means to hire a private defense attorney, talk to a public defender as soon as possible and think beforehand about how to present your story. Always tell the truth, of course, or else you may face even more legal trouble.
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Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.