If you have been wrongfully accused of a crime, what steps would you take to clear yourself? Unfortunately, many are accused of crimes that they did not commit. In fact, hundreds of innocent individuals were on death row when the introduction of DNA testing was finally recognized as a valid method of collecting evidence. Because of this introduction, these innocent people were able to clear their names and finally end the nightmare.
You do have rights and exercising those rights can help to clear your name. Now, don’t assume that the movie starring Leslie Neilson, “Wrongfully Accused“, is the best example. Though Nielson’s character does succeed in proving his innocence, being wrongfully accused of a crime isn’t nearly as comedic as this movie portrays.
If you should ever find yourself in such a situation, there are steps that you can take to prove your innocence. Below, we’ve compiled a list of things that you should strongly consider if ever faced with a false criminal accusation or conviction.
WHAT TO DO IF FALSELY ACCUSED OF A CRIME
1. Hire an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense. Do your homework when selecting your attorney. You will want to retain the services of an attorney that is qualified and is experienced in representing clients that have been charged or accused of similar offenses.
2. Don’t discount the seriousness of these accusations. Even if you are truly innocent, it doesn’t mean that you cannot be convicted. Taking the correct steps now can prevent serious legal ramifications that may present themselves in the future.
3. Be prepared for the price of your legal defense. Depending on the crime you are accused of, you could be facing charges that have a high conviction risk. This means that your defense will cost both money and time.
4. Documentation of your case is imperative. You should record as much information as possible that is relevant to your case. Make a list of any possible witnesses.
5. Educate yourself.
6. Be aware of your rights.