If you are facing criminal charges or have been charged with a crime, it is crucial to watch all information you give to officials. Your first step should be to obtain the counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can advise you on your case throughout the process.
If you are the subject of an investigation, it is important to exercise your rights to have an attorney represent you and your right to be silent. If the police are contacting you for information, they may have already made up their minds about you and what your role is in a certain crime. You do not want to give them any more evidence to make their case against you stronger. An experienced lawyer knows what to say and what not to say and can be your key to a good defense.
You also shouldn’t speak to anyone else about the investigation or crime you are charged with. Anything you say can be used against you at trial. That person may be subpoenaed to testify against you in court. Anything you tell your attorney is privileged, however, and cannot be revealed in court.
You also shouldn’t write anything down about the incident because if you do and it is found, it may also be used as evidence against you.
Be on guard against odd phone calls. In Oregon, anyone can record a telephone conversation without the other person’s knowledge. Therefore police may meet up with a victim or witness and have them call you in an effort to get you to confess or admit information you have not divulged. If you receive any odd phone calls about any possible crime or investigation, end the call immediately.
Do not submit to a polygraph test. It is inadmissible in trial and if you fail, it may just give officials more motivation to badger you for some type of confession or admission. If you pass, it cannot be used to prove your innocence.
If you are facing serious criminal charges, it is crucial to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer. At the law firm of Kroll Johnson, P.C., we will work tirelessly to fight on your behalf. Call today for your free, initial consultation.