Steps You Should Take When Falsely Accused of a Crime
Being falsely accused of a crime can be alarming and you might be at a loss for what to do. Fortunately, there are steps you can take in these situations. It’s important that you know what all you should do, as well as what you should avoid, so you can end up with the best case scenario.
Understand the Charges and Defenses
Even when the charges against you are false, you still need to understand what they are. Taking charges seriously from the beginning can positively affect your case. Once you know what you’ve been charged with, you should thoroughly understand what those charges are and what consequences they bring. Next, you need to begin understanding what defenses can be used for these charges. The more you know about your case, the better chance you have of a favorable outcome. You can know what actions you can take and it can ease your mind as you work through the charges.
Gather Evidence and Witnesses
In order to remove the charges against you, there needs to be proof that you’ve been falsely accused. You need to begin finding and preserving any evidence that proves you are innocent. This evidence can include clothing, photographs, email correspondence, receipts, and anything else that will help your case. It is absolutely imperative that you don’t destroy any evidence that goes against you. Doing so only makes you look guilty. In addition to gathering evidence, you also need to collect witnesses that can prove your innocence. It is in your best interest to have more evidence and witnesses than necessary.
Work With an Attorney
Navigating any kind of court case is difficult and you shouldn’t do it on your own. Working with an attorney is an absolute must if you have been falsely accused. The attorneys at the Law of Office of Bradley Corbett are all highly experienced in criminal cases. They know how to handle cases such as yours including the best defenses. As soon as you’ve been charged, you should contact an attorney to help you. Having a strong attorney on your side can be the difference between a guilt and not-guilty sentence.
You may be fearful and anxious if you’ve been falsely accused. Don’t lose hope. Taking the right actions can help you to move through this situation as smoothly as possible. The more you know about your situation, the better off you will be.
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Bradley Corbett is a criminal defense attorney in San Diego. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo Utah in 2004. Later he enrolled at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego where he participated in a prestigious internship program with the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Since then he has handled over 2,000 cases.