10 Quick Tips About Criminal Charges

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One of the biggest fears in life is the possibility of facing criminal charges.  Some people may argue that it is the worst fear because they could face time away from their family of loss of a job. As a criminal defense lawyer, I see this happen everyday.  Clients come to the office and explain what happened on the date of the alleged crime.  I tell them it will be OK and we can get through this. And the truth is, we can get through this. Criminal charges can be managed and you will survive.  So if you’ve been charged with a crime, here are 10 Quick tips to help you get through the process as successfully as possible.

“Just because you’ve been charged with a crime, doesn’t mean you’re a criminal” – Attorney Randolph Rice

Tip #1 Talk to A Lawyer As Soon As Possible

Not only will this be good for your case and defense, but it will help to sooth the soul.  You may have never been through this process before, but a criminal defense lawyer has handle this hundreds if not thousands of times before.  He can tell you what to expect and what you should be doing to prepare for your case.

Tip #2 Don’t talk to Anyone About Your Case

The more people you talk to about your case, the more people the State can use against you.  What I mean by that is, when you tell someone what happened, they are now a witness. They may not have witnessed the alleged crime, but your statements to them can now be used against you in Court. Maybe as an inconsistent statement. So, keep your mouth shut about the case.

Tip #3 Don’t Talk On the Phone if You’re in Jail

The jails in Maryland record phone calls, if you talk on the phone, then the State can use that recorded phone conversation against you in Court.

Tip #4 Get Counseling if You Need It

Is the crime that you are alleged to have committed a product of an addiction? Have you been struggling with drugs or alcohol? If you think there was an underlying issue that you were dealing with and you never addressed in the past, now if the time to see an expert about the issue.  Ask you lawyer for a referral.  All good criminal defense lawyers have experts they can refer you to for any issues you may be dealing with.

Tip #5 Write Down What Happened

We all wish we had perfect memory, but the fact is we don’t.  Write down what happened and keep it in a safe and secure place.  Don’t share it with anyone but your lawyer. This may be helpful. The police that responded wrote a report that they can reference if your case goes to Court.  Shouldn’t you have the same reference? So write it all down, the good and the bad, so you remember what happened.

Tip #6 Criminal Charges Can Go Away

Criminal charges can go away, but this is usually only after the State’s Attorney and your lawyer talk about the case at length. If your lawyer convinces the State that they cannot prove the case, then the State has the option of dropping the case, also called a nolle prosequi in Maryland.

Tip #7 Save Money Before the Trial Date

For some types of criminal charges and cases, the victims are looking for money.  Not to say they wanted the crime to occur to make money. But, if they are going to get back what they lost, then they may be more inclined to suggest that they don’t want to proceed with the case.  That is not to say the State will still want to go forward. It will only help if on the trial date you can pay back what was lost.

Tip #8 Don’t Commit Another Crime While Pending Trial

Nothing looks worse when you show up in Court and you have another trial date for another set of charges in the future.  So, stay out of trouble while you are pending trial for your case.

Tip #9 Stay Away From the Victims

If there are victims in your case, stay away from them.  Don’t go near their house or place of employment.  Steer clear of any place they could be.  It is easy to show up in Court and tell the prosecutor that you have had no contact with the victims. This shows them that you can do what the Court will want you to do at the end of the day.

Tip #10 Hire Counsel

I know I mentioned this twice, but it is so important. Statistically, you will do better in Court if you have a lawyer looking out for your interests. Particularly if you are facing jail. If you have to go to Court and you could go to jail, then you should have a lawyer standing next to you.

If you’ve been charge criminally in Maryland, contact the Randolph Rice criminal defense lawyers at 410.288.2900.  We will schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you.  Don’t wait, call the office today and get some peace of mind.

14 thoughts on “10 Quick Tips About Criminal Charges”

  1. I loved all of these tips, but a couple of them really stood out to me. Talking to a lawyer as soon as possible seems like the best way to get on top of your legal issue. Tip #8 was by far my favorite though. This is probably because it’s fairly common sense, but I’ve learned that common sense is, well, not too common. Thanks for the reminders!

  2. My brother was arrested and we’re trying to find him a good criminal defense attorney. Thanks for the advice about not talking to anyone about your case so that you don’t provide any negative witnesses. I’ll have to tell my brother this while we look for an attorney.

  3. My brother was arrested and now needs an attorney for a court date. Thanks for the advice about writing down what happened and sharing it only with your attorney. Now we just need to find an attorney that experience in cases like this.

    1. Sarah, Thank you for contacting our office for your brother’s charges. We would be more than happy to schedule a free consultation to discuss his case. Criminal charges can be serious and that is why it is so important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney like us. We are always here to help and answer your questions during this difficult time.

  4. My brother is always in trouble and now he needs an attorney. Thanks for the advice about how criminal charges can go away after a certain process. I’ll have to tell my brother that and help him find an experienced attorney that he gets along with.

  5. This is some really good information to know about criminal charges. I particularly liked what you said in tip number 4 about how if you have an underlining addiction that may have caused you to commit the crime. Then a good criminal attorney could get you help with that as well as get some of your charges lessened.

  6. I love the suggestion to get some counseling if you’re in need. Dealing with criminal charges sound like it can be overwhelming. Getting advice or help from a professional is something I imagine will take away a lot of stress.

    1. Thank you for the comment. Often we find that individuals charged with a crime are confused about the process and what they should do after the arrest. It is imperative that you contact a lawyer and sit down to discuss your options and the best things to do moving forward.

  7. I like what this article recommends about how to act before a trial. It makes sense that staying away from any victims and saving money could be helpful. It’s something to remember to make sure the trial goes smoothly and that there won’t be any critical mistakes made.

  8. I agree that not having any contact with the victims involved in your criminal case can help you win. I understand how staying away from the people involved in your case could help you avoid any extra charges as well as making it harder to get rid of your previous charges. I will make sure to let my friend know this so he has better odds of winning his case.

  9. I like that you pointed out that it would be good to write down what happened. That does seem like it would be really helpful if the trial date is going to be far away. I know that I would forget something important if I had to wait a long time.

  10. Thanks for the advice regarding criminal charges and what you should know. I, fortunately, have never been in a situation like this before; however, I think it is good to know what to do if you ever are or if someone you loved is. I think there are a lot of people wrongly accused that could be helped by attorneys. Thanks again!

  11. Thank you for talking about the importance of finding an attorney as soon as possible when involved in a criminal case. I can see that making sure you do this can help you get your options soon in the process and have time to make an appropriate plan. It is important to remember that consulting with several professionals and getting several rates can help you find the one that suits you best.

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