The idea of being falsely accused of a crime has been used as the subject of many horror movies and crime dramas, but unfortunately it is more than fiction: It happens every day. If you have been unfairly accused of a crime you did not commit, it can be a difficult thing to get over. Even if the charges are dropped or a jury of your peers finds you not guilty, your reputation can be ruined.
This is why we always recommend that a person who has accused of any crime contact a criminal defense attorney. You can reach Law Office of Michael L. Fell today at (949) 585-9055 to request a free legal consultation. In the meantime, keep reading to find out what your options are.
Convictions for Crimes You Did Not Commit
Legally speaking, in order to be convicted of a criminal charge, the prosecutor must prove that you are guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. You have the right to defend yourself and to work with a criminal defense attorney who can build the strongest possible case for you. In most cases, a defense focuses either on showing that you are entirely innocent or that you are “guilty” but there is a reason you should not be held responsible.
For example, if you are accused of assault and battery, it may be that you did hit or hurt someone, but you were acting in defense. In this case, you did commit assault and battery but you were doing so to protect yourself or another person and so you are not guilty of the charge.
Remember: You Have the Right to Plead the Fifth
The American legal system is founded on the idea that no one is required to incriminate themselves. This is why you are allowed to “plead the fifth.” You do not have to provide evidence. You do not have to speak to a police officer. You do not have to testify in your own defense. It may seem that if you are innocent of the crime, there is no reason not to testify or speak to the police but this is false. Your words could easily be taken out of context and used against you.
Do Not Take a Plea Bargain
It is all too common for a person who is not guilty of a crime to take a plea bargain because they believe it is their best option. The prosecution or police may try to convince you to take a plea bargain. They may try to convince you that there is so much evidence against you that taking the plea bargain is your best option.
Do not listen to them. Their goal is the absolute opposite of yours. Contact Law Office of Michael L. Fell at (949) 585-9055 now to request a free legal consultation and we can advise you on the best way to proceed.