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What To Do If You Are Accused Of A Crime

  • By interactive
  • 19 Sep, 2016

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Wrongly Accused - Felony Charges

Everyone makes mistakes. When these mistakes have legal ramifications, they can cause great deal of emotional stress and uncertainty. Being accused of a crime can be a very scary and overwhelming time. And, if you are wrongly accused, it can be even more devastating.

At Fitch & Stahle Law Office, we believe that each of our clients is innocent until proven guilty. We also believe that sometimes good people find themselves in bad situations and it is our job to help them navigate these rough patches. Here are a few things to consider if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.

  1. Don’t Say Anything – As the Miranda warning so succinctly puts it, “You have the right to remain silent.” This is one right we strongly recommend you utilize. Stressful situations can cause people to say things that could be misconstrued. Additionally, don’t share your story with friends and family. By telling them details of the case, you might put them in a situation of having to testify against you at a later date. Additionally, stories can be misinterpreted or even blown out of proportion. It is better to keep it to yourself until you are able to obtain trusted legal representation.
  2. Contact an Attorney – Any conversation you have with an attorney is protected by attorney/client privilege. This means that they cannot be forced to testify against you. This also means it is in your best interest to share all the information with your legal counsel. The more your attorney knows, the better they will be able to serve your legal needs.
  3. Build a case – With your attorney’s legal expertise, you will be equipped to deal with any accusations that are being made against you. Additionally, they will be able to protect you from saying things that might incriminate you. Finally, if there are charges filed, your attorney can negotiate with the prosecutors to get the charges reduced or even dropped.

Have you been accused a crime (falsely or otherwise) in South Sioux City, Nebraska or Sioux City Iowa? The attorneys at Fitch & Stahle Law Office have over 50 years of combined legal experience helping Siouxland residents with their criminal defense cases. Contact Fitch & Stahle Law Office forfelony and misdemeanor criminal charges such as, DUI/OWI (drunk driving), drug delivery or possession charges, assault, burglary, theft and other criminal offenses.

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