When Bad Things Happen to Good People: How to Respond if You’re Accused Unjustly

Being falsely accused of a crime can come as quite a shock, especially if you have not done anything wrong. If you believe that you have been falsely accused of a crime, stay calm. Following these steps will help you have the best outcome possible:


Even if you have been arrested or charged for a crime you did not commit, it is the prosecutor’s job to hold someone accountable for the crime. They will have the high burden of proof to convince the judge or the jury that you are guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” It is my job as a criminal defense attorney to poke holes in their case and point out what’s wrong with it.  

Many times, I’ve seen people not hire an attorney either because they believe they don’t need it because they are innocent, or maybe they see having an attorney as an admission of guilt. Both are very common misconceptions about the legal system, and can land anyone in jail or prison—especially the innocent ones. Do not make this mistake! Moreover, make sure to hire an attorney that focuses particularly on Florida criminal law and knows the criminal justice system well, as opposed to an attorney that may have several practice areas.

2) Don’t talk to anyone.

Instead of talking to the police (or anyone) and telling them all about why you didn’t do what you are accused of, it is always in your best interest to wait for your attorney to show up. While you wait, remain silent. Even a casual, offhand comment could be misunderstood any number of ways and could help the police or the prosecutor build a case against you.

3) Gather evidence and present it to your attorney.

If you have evidence or witnesses who can prove your alibis, notify your attorney right away. Similarly, if you know there is something that might make you look guilty, let your attorney know. It is important that you have this conversation as soon as possible. Give your attorney as much information as soon as you can so that they aren’t taken by surprise by any details which emerge that you neglected to tell him or her.

4) Distance yourself from the other party.

If someone has accused you of a crime, it might be tempting to talk to that person and explain yourself or maybe ask questions about why they accused you. Do not talk to your accuser. In fact, do not approach your accuser at all. Avoid them at all costs.

It is highly likely that whatever you say to them will be reported to the police and to the prosecution’s side. That could lead to additional charges such as tampering with a witness or obstruction of justice. Don’t take any chances with your freedom.

5) Stay calm.

Sometimes when we panic, we say or do things that are out of character. When the police are talking to you, do not panic. Practice deep breathing to help you stay calm and keep your mind clear. Remember: You are within your rights to remain silent until your attorney arrives.

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For those who have been wrongfully charged with a crime in Florida, contact experienced Florida criminal defense lawyer Barry M. Wax for aggressive representation. Our firm focuses on Florida and federal criminal and white collar defense. Give us a call today at (305) 373-4400 to discuss how we can help you.

Written by Law Offices of Barry M. Wax

Law Offices of Barry M. Wax

For 34 years, I have provided both State- and Federal-Level representation for those facing charges ranging from wire fraud, mortgage fraud, and healthcare fraud to identity theft, drug trafficking, money laundering, murder, DUI, domestic violence and numerous other criminal charges. In every case, it is my commitment to one-on-one service and support that has separated the Law Offices of Barry M. Wax from other criminal defense firms. When it comes to your future, you need a strong defense and the ability to make the right choices and regain control of your life.