9 Common Mistakes People Make in a Criminal
Matter and How to Avoid Them
1. Allowing a search or seizure when the police come to your home or work-
Do not give the police permission to do this unless they present proper credentials
and a search warrant. Read the complete search warrant to determine the scope
and ask to watch the search proceedings.
2. Giving a voluntary statement - You are not required to talk to police
when they come to talk to you about a crime. You have the right to remain silent
- which is what you should do until you speak to an attorney
3. Not being polite and courteous with police - Don't give them a reason
to escalate the situation and use violence and force on you.
4. Resisting arrest - Being uncooperative during an arrest will only
hurt your case
5. Voluntarily giving samples of body fluids, fingerprints, handwriting,
clothing -You don't have to give officers these items without a court order
or your attorney's permission
6. Taking a polygraph or lie-detector test - Even if you pass it, this
test is not admissible in court
7. Failing to ask if you are under arrest - If the officers say Yes,
you have the right to know why
8. Not telling your lawyer all the facts - Your lawyer can't give you
the best representation if he doesn't know all the facts about the case. It's
not good for your attorney to be surprised by information he learns at a hearing
or trial. When you're honest with you lawyer he can do a better job at protecting
9. Choosing a lawyer who is not experienced in criminal law or with handling
trials - Criminal charges can have serious current and future consequences.
Choosing an experienced and skilled lawyer can have a tremendous affect on the
outcome of your case. Click here
to go to the home page to read how to choose the right lawyer for your case.
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