What to Do When Accused of a Crime

Being accused of a crime can be scary, especially if you’re innocent or if the situation was misinterpreted. Nobody wants to be arrested for something they didn’t do, but panicking may only worsen your situation.

Take It Seriously

You know how innocent you are, but that doesn’t mean it’s obvious to everyone else. If you don’t take the charges seriously, they can backfire on you later. Talk to a lawyer immediately and listen to the accusations being presented.

Be Proactive

Waiting for your lawyer to prove your innocence won’t always save you. You should gather evidence and documentation and work to clear your name from the start. Sometimes, you can get yourself cleared before you are even taken to court.

Listen to Your Lawyer 

After your lawyer reviews your case, they will likely have ideas on how to handle it. You may think that some of the ideas are unfair or even self-sabotaging, but your lawyer is a professional, and they’re trying to help you. Depending on the case, the best option might be to do something unexpected or non-ideal, such as taking a plea bargain. 

Know Your Rights

Above all, no matter what you’re being accused of or how much evidence you have to support your argument, you have rights that the police and courts need to abide by. You’re not a criminal yet and don’t deserve to be treated like one. You are innocent until proven guilty, and proving that you’re a criminal is the prosecutor’s job. You are also entitled to work with an attorney who can help you prove your innocence.

If you were arrested or accused of a criminal offense in Oregon, Pedemonte Law is here for you. We’ll hear you out and help you compile your defense in the name of proving your innocence or helping you avoid harsh or unfair punishment. Contact us today for a free consultation, and learn more about our practice areas and what we can do for you.

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