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How to Respond Against False Criminal Charges?

Have false charges been brought against you? Wondering what you can do to right that legal wrong and prove your own innocence?

False accusations can be scary. But you can maintain your innocence and reputation by responding in the right way. In this article, we’re covering everything you need to know about false charges, so you can handle this situation in the smartest way possible.

What to Do About False Charges

Unfortunately, being innocent isn’t enough to protect you against false allegations.  That’s why you need to do whatever you can to protect yourself and prove you’re in the right. Here are three things to do if you end up in this scenario.

Remain Silent

Sometimes in stressful situations, we say things in a different way than intended. In legal situations, anything you say can and will be used against you. So, even though you haven’t done anything wrong, you could end up in bigger trouble by accidentally saying the wrong thing.

Also, keep in mind: what you say to other people is not privileged. If you share your story with someone else, that person could be subpoenaed and forced to testify against you. These statements could be used to discredit you and your case, so it’s better to refrain from saying anything.

Connect with an Attorney

If you’re going to be talking to anyone, it should be an attorney. Those conversations are protected by attorney-client privilege, so you can speak without fear of things getting out. And even though you’re innocent, you’ll want an expert lawyer on your side to handle your case.

A lawyer can help you handle the accuser’s threats and accusations and protect you from incriminating yourself. And if the charges have already been filed, they can help plan next steps and even try to get the charges lessened or dropped if the case merits it.

Stay Away from Your Accuser

It’s incredibly tempting to confront your accuser, especially when their claims are unfounded. But this is never worth it. These conversations can be used against you and put you at greater risk. Instead, let your lawyer and the authorities serve as the go-between to parties, and avoid saying anything if possible.

Avoid Common Mistakes

People often mistakenly believe that they cannot be convicted of a crime if they’re innocent because they do not understand the legal process. But in reality, there are certain actions that can make you seem incredibly guilty.

To protect yourself, avoid doing the following things:

  • Destroying evidence
  • Talking to witnesses or the victim
  • Talking to law enforcement without your lawyer

As a good rule of thumb, don’t do anything your lawyer wouldn’t advise. That’s the surest way to stay safe.

Sue for Defamation

Unfortunately, false accusations put more than your freedom at stake. They can also ruin your reputation, career prospects, and put a strain on your relationships. Not to mention all the money in legal fees!

If you’ve been falsely accused, your lawyer can determine if your case warrants a claim for defamation. Whether libel or slander, these claims for defamation show that the defendant’s claims harmed your reputation.  An expert lawyer would be able to clearly outline your options and put you on the right course of action.

Final Thoughts on False Allegations

False charges aren’t fun. Especially when they happen to you. But by following the advice in this article, you can respond against false charges in the smartest way possible.

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