It can happen to the best of us. It only takes one small incident to find yourself on the wrong side of the law. We’ve all experienced a simple speeding ticket or parking fine. Perhaps we’ve gotten into an argument that got out of hand. Even if you haven’t been involved in an incident like this yet, it’s worth knowing how to handle the situation. By their very nature, accidents like this arise without warning. It doesn’t take much to find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Here’s everything you need to know about how to respond in this situation.
Speak to a lawyer
Before you do anything else, you need to get on the phone to your lawyer. We asked expert lawyer Jeffry Mandell for some advice here. He explained that everyone has the right to one phone call after an arrest. Make sure this call is to your lawyer, and don’t answer any questions until they arrive at the police station. Legally, you are under no obligation to answer questions until your attorney arrives. So refuse any questions until you’ve consulted a legal representative. Anything you say before they arrive will be taken into consideration when charging you.
Write down every detail
Evidence becomes less and less credible the further from the incident. Memories become hazy, and it’s difficult to recall the exact details. The police officers know this, and the judge and jury know this. With that in mind, try to write down every single detail you remember from before the arrest. Everything from the time and location to the weather and possible witnesses. Everything is more credible if you have written it down immediately after.
Consider your plea
After the initial arrest, you’ll usually be released on bail. (Though this may depend on your previous record and nature of the crime). Now is the time to speak in more detail with your lawyer. Go through the incident piece by piece, and establish exactly what happened. Your lawyer will have a good sense of what the charge is likely to be, and the following sentence. Taking this, and the surrounding evidence into account, they’ll advise you of your plea. In most cases, pleading guilty lessens your charges, and could help you avoid a major punishment. If you decide to contest the charges, make sure you have the evidence to back it up.
Stay out of trouble
For the time being, it’s in your best interests to stay out of trouble! Any additional incidents will only make the punishment more severe. Trust your lawyer’s advice here, stick to a curfew, cut out alcohol, and avoid any triggers that might cause another offense.
Learn from it
Going through something like this is terrifying, and it makes you reconsider your life choices. Learn from this incident, and make sure to avoid anything like it ever again. Use it as an opportunity to take a new direction, or make some big changes in your life.
There you have it, folks. Now you understand what to do if you find yourself on the wrong side of the law.
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