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What Do I Do If I am Falsely Accused and Charged with a Crime?

What Do I Do If I am Falsely Accused and Charged with a Crime?

Finding yourself charged with a crime in Dallas or any city when you are innocent can be an overwhelming and distressing experience. The criminal justice system is complex, and navigating it can be challenging, especially when you are falsely accused.

 

At Gallian Firm, we understand the anxiety and fear that can accompany such situations, and have seen this type of situation happen countless times. In this blog, we offer advice to individuals who are charged with a crime but are wrongly accused, outlining essential steps to take and emphasizing the importance of seeking legal representation. If you find yourself in this difficult position, know that you are not alone, and that the outstanding defense attorneys at Gallian Firm are here to help. Do not hesitate to reach out if you find yourself charged with a crime, whether you are falsely accused or not. Your freedom and your rights are paramount for us.

Believe in Your Innocence

The first and most crucial piece of advice we can offer you is to believe in your innocence. While it may seem daunting, maintaining faith in your innocence is essential for your mental well-being and forms the foundation for building a solid defense. Trust that the truth will prevail, and you have the right to defend yourself against false accusations.  At Gallian Firm, we take every case seriously and sometimes in the case of someone falsely accused, our work is a matter of presenting the facts and evidence well before a case would go down a road that could lead to a fine, penalty, or even prison.

Steps to Take:

  1. Remain Calm: Facing criminal charges can be emotionally charged, but it’s crucial to remain as calm as possible. Emotional reactions can complicate the situation, so take deep breaths and focus on clear thinking.  If you are innocent and falsely accused, this may be even more difficult—but staying as calm as possible is very important to getting yourself out of this situation and keeping yourself as healthy as possible.
  2. Invoke Your Right to Remain Silent: You have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise this right until you have legal representation. Anything you say can be used against you, so it’s in your best interest to refrain from making statements without an attorney present.  This is why we suggest that you contact us as early as possible in the process, so we can guide you through each step and avoid any potentially bad choices that could work against you later in the process.
  3. Do Not Consent to Searches: If law enforcement requests to search your property, it’s within your rights to refuse unless they have a valid search warrant. It is not an admission of guilt.  Consenting to a search without a warrant can potentially harm your defense.
  4. Request an Attorney: If you are taken into custody or asked to provide a statement, clearly and firmly request an attorney before answering any questions. Your right to legal representation is fundamental, and having an attorney present can protect your interests.
  5. Gather Evidence: As soon as possible, begin gathering any evidence that supports your innocence. This could include witness statements, alibis, surveillance footage, or any other relevant documentation. Your attorney will help you determine which evidence is most beneficial to your case.

Engaging with Law Enforcement:

  1. Be Respectful: While it’s essential to assert your rights, it’s equally crucial to remain respectful and cooperative with law enforcement. Avoid confrontations, arguments, or any behavior that may be interpreted as obstruction.
  2. Limit Communication: As a general rule, limit communication with law enforcement to asserting your rights and requesting an attorney. Avoid providing additional information without legal advice, as innocent statements can sometimes be misconstrued.
  3. Keep a Record: If you must interact with law enforcement, keep a record of the interaction, including the date, time, and names of officers involved. This can be valuable information for your attorney during the defense process.
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Why You Need Legal Representation:

  1. Protect Your Rights: An experienced criminal defense attorney like our attorneys at Gallian Firm will ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process. From police interactions to court proceedings, having legal representation is essential for safeguarding your rights.
  2. Building a Strong Defense: Attorneys at Gallian Firm have years of experience in criminal defense. We have the expertise to investigate your case thoroughly, identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and build a robust defense strategy tailored to your specific situation.
  3. Negotiation Skills: A skilled attorney can engage in negotiations with prosecutors to seek reduced charges or even a dismissal of the case. Negotiation skills are a crucial aspect of effective legal representation, and Gallian Firm is committed to pursuing the best possible outcome for our clients.

Seek Legal Help from Gallian Firm Immediately if You are Charged with a Crime

If you find yourself facing criminal charges despite your innocence, the most critical step you can take is to seek legal representation immediately. Wrongful convictions do happen, and a bad lawyer is often the reason such tragic results can occur. The criminal justice system can be unforgiving, and having an experienced attorney like the defense attorneys at Gallian Firm by your side can make all the difference in protecting your rights and building a strong defense.

At Gallian Firm, we approach each case with compassion, empathy, and a commitment to securing the best possible outcome for our clients. We are aggressive in our defense, and tailor strategy to your case.

 

If you or someone you know is in need of legal assistance, do not hesitate to call us at (214) 432-8860 or fill out the form on our contact page for a free consultation and case review. You don’t have to face this challenging situation alone—we are here to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and work towards achieving justice.  We know being falsely accused can cause you unthinkable stress and worry.  Let us help you prove your innocence and get your life back!

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