Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2015

Been Charged With A Crime? Don’t Make These Mistakes

Imagine if the justice system was fair – all criminals would be convicted, all innocents would be released. How amazing would it be if that was how the world worked? Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes guilty people are found innocent while innocents are found guilty.

criminal law casesIf you have been accused and charged with a crime, you may be feeling a little confused. Regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty, you may not know what you need to do next.

In many criminal law cases, the defendant is his or her own worst enemy. This is because most defendants don’t understand the steps they need to take to deal with what is happening properly.

To ensure that you know what steps you need to take now that you have been charged, here are a few pointers:

Opt for a good lawyer

The mistake many defendants make is waiving their right to a state attorney when they can’t afford to hire one.

If you can’t afford to hire a reputable lawyer, take the appointed lawyer you are given. You might not realize it, but an appointed lawyer is much better than a cheap private lawyer.

On the other hand, it makes little sense to hire the most expensive lawyer. Many people think that the more expensive the lawyer, the better their skills and experience will be. However, that isn’t the case; a good lawyer isn’t measured on how much they cost, but on their skills and knowledge.

Trust your lawyer

Don’t make the mistake that many defendants make, by not trusting your lawyer. Whether you have chosen your criminal lawyer yourself or have a state appointed one, trust them.

Many defendants make the mistake of trying to ‘help’ their lawyer by getting involved in the case against them. Don’t attempt to do research or demand that certain notions are filed, leave all that to your lawyer.

Take a plea offer

If the state offers you a plea offer, as long as it’s fair, seriously consider taking it. While you might not be happy with the fact that you will have to take responsibility for the crime, taking a plea bargain is a good option.

For example, if you are up on a charge of robbery and have been offered a six-month suspended sentence, going to court would be a bad idea. Unless, of course, your attorney recommends that you take the case to court, it’s better to take a plea bargain.

Always be reasonable

Don’t make the mistake of being difficult. Whether you are in jail or out on bail, don’t be difficult when it comes to things like giving statements to the police. If you are difficult and act up, it may be mentioned in court, making your situation worse.

Aim to be as reasonable as possible. Always do as you are told by the police, follow what the court says and do as your attorney says. The better behaved you are, the better outcome you will get.

When you have been accused of a crime, it can be rather stressful knowing what you should and shouldn’t do. The key to ensuring that you get the best outcome is hiring a good attorney and ensuring that you remain well behaved at all times.