A false accusation can be a scary and nerve-wracking experience, but there are things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Being wrongly convicted could have dire consequences — loss of job, strained relationships, and more. Here are some steps to take if you find yourself in this situation.
Get a lawyer
The first thing you should do when facing an accusation or charge is to hire a lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer is the best resource to answer your questions and guide you through any upcoming hurdles. The lawyer will also work with you to address any evidence that may work against you, and develop a strategy to prove your innocence.
Always stay focused on proving your innocence. If you have children, speak with your lawyer about retaining parental rights. Don’t change your story a bunch of times. Don’t breach any restraining order against you. An accuser may look for this to prove your guilt. If those named in the order look to meet you, keep a record of those requests.
Also, don’t lose hope. False allegations of this nature can create horrible circumstances, but don’t forget that the false accuser is the one in the wrong. Your defense team will do everything possible to confirm your innocence.
Prepare your defense
Gather any evidence available that could help in your defense. This may be video, audio, a paper trail, witnesses, and more. You could also gather character witnesses to be involved in your defense, who can vouch for you as a good person who would not commit this crime.
Depending on the circumstances, you could also enlist a professional who could help invalidate the prosecution’s argument through evidence of the circumstances.
The legal team at The Law Offices of Jason D. Baltz can help you fight false accusations and clear your name. Call us at (414) 375-0797 today to learn your rights.