Criminal charges can be stressful, bringing a lot of uncertainty to your life. There are a number of things that you should not do if you have been charged with a crime or you believe you will be charged with a crime.
You Don’t Have to Talk to the Police
One of the biggest mistakes we see clients make when they have been charged with a crime of they are about to be charged with a crime is speak with the police. You don’t have to talk to the police. They may seem like they’re your friend and they can help you, but they are looking to build a bigger and better case against you. They want you to admit that you did something and sometimes, they may want you to admit that you did something that you did not do. So, don’t talk to the police unless you have a consulted with a lawyer or you have a lawyer in the room while you speak with the police.
Don’t Contact the Witnesses
Don’t try to fix things after you have committed a crime. Don’t go back to the location where the crime allegedly occurred. Don’t contact the victims or witnesses for the case. This will only cause more problems for you and could result in additional charges.
If you are incarcerated, and you are probably not reading this, since most jail do not allow internet access, but in any case, don’t talk on the phone about charges you are facing. Most jail calls in Maryland are recorded, and the police can use that recording against you in Court.
Now for a couple of things that you should do. Talk to a lawyer as soon after you’ve been charged with a crime. If charged with a crime in Maryland, contact our office at 410.288.2900 to schedule a free consultation. We can sit down, go over the facts of the case, what the State has as evidence and what they intend to do with your case. We can formulate defenses and possible mitigating actions you can take before the trial. Randolph Rice criminal defense lawyers are here to help, call the office today to schedule an appointment.