One of the consequences of a criminal conviction is your change in social status. You go from being a law-abiding citizen to a criminal, with all the baggage that entails.
Fighting against criminal accusations is the only way to preserve your good name. Once you lose it, you may never get it back.
You might not need to contest a charge to fight it
The obvious way to defend against a criminal charge is to prove that you did not do it. For example, the police accuse you of robbing a store. If you’re lucky, you have an ironclad alibi that makes it clear you couldn’t be the thief. Yet, in most cases, you do not have such evidence. Here are some options you could consider:
- The prosecution does not have enough evidence: A prosecutor might allege that the guy wearing a black Adidas hoody caught on the store camera was you. The police might even find such a hoody in your closet. Yet, thousands of people worldwide own these, and they need to come up with more evidence than that.
- The police obtained evidence illegally: Even people who committed a crime can sometimes get off if they show the police got evidence via an unauthorized search.
- The police did not treat you in the correct manner: Law officers do not need to bring you coffee and donuts, but they do need to follow proper procedures when arresting you or holding you in custody. If they violated your constitutional rights, such as due process, that could lead to an acquittal.
The law states that you are innocent until proven guilty, and the prosecution must prove that you committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet prosecutors know they can pressure innocent people into accepting a guilty plea. Having experienced guidance is essential to clearing your name and preserving both your rights and your future.