Our firm understands the stress and anxiety that being falsely accused can cause. If you are in this unfortunate situation, read on and reach out to our legal team today to protect your rights and your future. Our experienced New Jersey & Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers are on your side.
What steps should I take if I was falsely accused of a crime in New Jersey?
- Recognize the seriousness of the accusations. It is essential to recognize the seriousness of the offenses and the potential fines that you may face as a result. Even though you know you are innocent, you cannot assume that the police, prosecutor, judge, or jury will see the case the way you do. If you are serious about the charges from the start, you can make conclusions and take steps that will improve the likelihood of a positive outcome.
- Identify the cost of defense. Scheduling a powerful defense to the charges can be costly in regards to the attorney fees, investigation costs, and expert witness fees that you may need to pay. Even though it can seem unjust to have to spend money to defend against false charges, you need to do everything you can to construct a strong case—your future is at stake.
- Interfere before charges. One of the benefits of hiring the services of a lawyer while you are a suspect is that he may be able to take bold measures that could result in never being charged with a crime. In some cases, he or she may be able to discuss your case with the police or prosecutor and supply information that convinces them that they have the wrong individual.
- Take no action. Sometimes, your attorney may determine that the more profitable strategy is to do nothing and see if the prosecutor even produces the required evidence to charge you with the crime. A witness could refuse his testimony or test results could help your innocence, with the result being that no charges are filed against you.
- Gather any physical evidence and documents. If there is any physical evidence, for instance, clothing, photographs, or other objects that could help in your defense, you want to collect them right away and give them to your attorney. Gather any documentation that may help you, such as correspondence, emails, receipts, GPS data, or other information to prove where you were when the crime occurred.
- Acquire witness contact information. You will want to make a list of possible witnesses who can supply helpful information about the incident, accusations, and the victim to equip your lawyer.
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The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you protect your future when so much is on the line. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.