What to Do if You are Facing False Criminal Accusations in Texas

No matter what, it is true that sometimes people can certainly be at the wrong place at the wrong time.  Nowadays, we often hear on the news about an unlucky person who spent years in jail but through DNA evidence, ultimately received an acquittal.  Moreover, it is also possible to face false criminal charges, especially when someone is using them to gain an advantage over another person in a civil case.  This sometimes occurs when a couple is facing a contentious divorce where through retribution, one person files a protective order against the other.  However, whatever the situation presents, it is important to realize that while untrue, these charges can have serious consequences if not handled properly.  That is why it is crucial to consider the following steps should you be forced to have to defend against false criminal accusations:

  1. Understand the severity of the charges that were lodged against you.  Many times, people think that since they are innocent, that the charges are “no big deal”.  However, a jury can convict people of a crime even if they are completely without fault.  This often results when a prosecutor is highly skilled at proving cases, even those that lack truth.  Since a criminal conviction can have serious repercussions, do not ignore your charges. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately to advise you of your legal options and to fight for your rights.
  2. Prepare to pay for your defense.  Being falsely accused is simply devastating and no matter what, will end up costing you money.  Depending upon the type of criminal charge, some have a higher rate of conviction than others (i.e. rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence).  Meaning, it is crucial for you to hire an attorney immediately to represent you and your legal interests.  Without effective representation, you could end up losing a whole lot more than a few thousand dollars.  With that being said, saving as much money as you can (and as quickly as possible) to afford all of your defense-related expenses is highly recommended.
  3. Write everything down.  Be sure to document all of the details pertaining to your case.  This includes keeping track of the events leading up to the false accusations.  No matter what, this can help support your case and assist your attorney in developing a highly aggressive defense strategy on your behalf.
  4. Know your rights and do your homework.   Be sure to know that you have the right to remain silent and also, to have an attorney present during questioning (and various other stages of the criminal process) should you invoke your right to an attorney.  Also, educate yourself as to the nature of the charges brought against you and also, the potential penalties/punishment that you are facing.  This can help you know what to expect and to launch the strongest defense tactics in your favor.
  5. Compile a list of witnesses.  As a criminal defendant, you have the right to gather witnesses together to help your case.  Therefore, it is highly important that you compile a list of those who can serve as credible witnesses and as such, aid in your defense.

For additional information, or if you are facing any type of criminal charge in Texas, it is important to work with a qualified criminal defense lawyer to help you fight for your rights.  If you would like to speak to Mr. Pettit about your case, contact our firm today by calling 214-521-4567.  We accept most major credit cards and provide bilingual services in Spanish.

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