If you have been accused of a crime, it is important to exert your rights and not make mistakes. Here are some tips that can help increase your chances of staying out of jail.
Do not speak to the police
Always remember that you have the right to remain silent. Even if the police are friendly, say they are on your side, or say that they just want to talk, it is important to exercise this right. Everything that you tell them can later be used against you. As a result, it is not worth the risk of saying something that may be misinterpreted.
You may think you have nothing to hide, but this is no reason to give the police permission to search your home, car or workplace. The police are looking for anything that can be used against you. Instead, clearly state that you do not consent to a search. Make the police obtain a search warrant.
Do not talk to anyone
Avoid discussing your case with friends, coworkers or family members. Remember that these persons may later be questioned by police and potentially called to testify against you.
Do not give up evidence
The police may ask you to provide everything from bodily fluid samples to handwriting samples. Even if it is just to “rule you out” as a suspect, remember that you do not need to provide this evidence without a court order.
Get an attorney immediately
Criminal defense attorneys know about your rights and how to protect them. Having an experienced attorney on your side may mean the difference between conviction and dismissal of the charges. As a result, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after the police first contact you. Doing so will give you the best chance of a favorable outcome.