How to Beat a Criminal Charge
Have you been arrested or do you feel like constant police harassment will lead to trouble with the police in the future? You still have your rights. Here's what you need to do to protect them and avoid criminal charges.
Never Run or Fight
Never run from or fight the police. This should be obvious, but how many videos are there of people doing just that?
It doesn't matter if you're right or wrong. Fleeing or resisting are separate criminal charges that could add a felony to your record even if the police had no good reason to arrest you in the first place. They may even be looking to add a charge if they know their case is weak. Simply put, do what they say and wait for your day in court.
Don't Argue or Plead Your Case
When the police read you your rights and say "anything you say can and will be used against you," they mean it. Think you're offering an innocent excuse like you were at your friend's house? As soon as they track his phone and find out he wasn't there when you said, they're now going to use that to say if you lied, you must be guilty. You have the right to remain silent, so use it.
Don't Take Their Deals or Promises
Did you know that it's perfectly legal for the police to lie to you? If they say things like, "just come clean and I'll work with you" or "I'll talk to the DA," don't believe them.
Their idea of working with you might be not adding a charge that wouldn't have stuck anyway, and it's their job to talk to the DA about every arrest (notice they didn't say what they'd talk about). The only deals and promises that will actually hold up are those made between your DA and the lawyer, so let your lawyer do the talking.
Get Out of Jail
The best way to fight your case is from outside of jail. You can help your lawyer find witnesses and evidence to support you, and it's easier to show you're a productive member of the community when you're out in the community. If you can't afford bail on your own, find a 24 hour bail bonds service to help you secure your release.
To learn more about bail bonds services, talk to a local criminal attorney today.