Charged with a Crime? Avoid These Common Mistakes

Getting arrested and charged with a crime is one of the scariest and most stressful events you can go through in life. Because of the stress and uncertainty, many people make mistakes that can affect them for the rest of their lives. While it can be difficult, it is important to try to remain calm, slow down and do everything you can to ensure that your case follows the best path. The following are five commonly made mistakes, which can have very serious consequences:

  1. Talking to the Police without an Attorney

This is almost certainly the most common and most serious mistake you can make. When the police are interrogating you they will do everything they legally can to get you to say something that will strengthen their case. No matter how smooth you think you are, you should only ever say four words to the police if you’ve been arrested: “I Want My Lawyer.”

  1. Making Calls from Jail

Most people who are arrested want to call and talk to their spouse, parents, friends or someone they can trust. Whether it is to try to get bailed out of jail, or just to have a conversation after being locked up, this can be a major mistake. With the one exception of properly specified calls to your attorney, all calls from a jail are recorded, and can be used against you in your case. When you call someone from jail, DO NOT discuss the facts of your case. Even if you are asked, “What happened?” just politely tell them that you’ll talk about it if and when it’s appropriate. Remember to choose your words wisely.

  1. Talking about Your Case with Other People in Jail

When locked up in jail, a lot of time is passed talking to the other inmates. Inevitably, the conversation will turn to the topic of, “what are you in for?” Even if you feel like you’ve made a great connection with the person, you should NEVER talk about the details of your case. Let’s face it – no one wants to be in jail. If you provide another person with information about your case, you can be sure that they will be more than eager to tell their attorney about it, so that they can arrange to testify against you in exchange for a break from the prosecutor. This may result in a better plea bargain for them, a “get out of jail card” or other benefit. Common sense dictates that you KEEP IT TO YOURSELF.

  1. “Saving Money” on a Low-Cost Lawyer

A good attorney is going to cost you some money, but it is the best investment you’ll ever make. Do you really want to make a decision that will impact the rest of your life based on money? How much is a year of your life worth to you? To your family? If your child needed brain surgery, would you look for the cheapest surgeon you can find? Or would you look for a proven, respected neurologist who specializes in the type of operation your child needs? The answer is obvious – and you should take the same approach to hiring your lawyer. The value that your attorney can provide may in fact be PRICELESS!

If you’ve been arrested or charged with a crime, your life is going to change dramatically. It’s important that you have an experienced lawyer at your side every step of the way. Please contact us today if you or a loved one are facing criminal charges. We look forward to fighting for your rights – and your future!

Law Offices of Barry M. Wax