Something has just happened, and now you are being accused of committing a crime. While what happens next largely depends on the accusations, there are certain mistakes you can make that can hurt you down the road.
Whether you did it or not, it is important to understand that your case is very far from being decided. What you say or do can work for or against you, so it is important that you are conscious of every step you take.
Here are three common mistakes that you need to steer clear of when facing criminal charges in New York.
Talking to the police
When law enforcement officers are investigating a crime and they have you on their radar, they will do everything to get you to admit to the crime in question. It is not unusual for the police to act friendly and appear like they are on your side.
However, it is important to acknowledge that no matter how friendly they may seem, the police are on one mission, and one mission alone: to catch you. Always remember to exercise your right to remain silent. This will save you from saying anything that might incriminate you later.
Leaving the state
This is not the time to travel out of the state for work or vacation. How so? Well, you do not want to give the impression that you are trying to run away from your charges. In so doing, you might end up having an arrest warrant issued against you. If you have to leave the state, be sure to alert the authorities through your legal representative and get the court’s permission.
Discussing your case on social media
Chances are you have a social media profile. If you have been accused of a crime, even if you are yet to be arrested, do not talk about it on social media. Remember, what you say about the crime in question can be used against you, even if you say it online.
Being accused of a crime is a big deal. Even small missteps can hurt your chances of successfully fighting the charges that have been leveled against you.