What Should I Do If I Have Been Accused of a Crime?

Being arrested or charged with a crime can be very frightening, especially if you have never been in a similar situation before. Unfortunately, when you are emotional and under a great deal of stress, you are more likely to make mistakes that could jeopardize the results of your case. Here is what you should do if you are accused of a crime in Maryland.

How Do You Know You Are Accused of a Crime?

There are numerous ways that you might find out you have been accused of a crime. First, you might be arrested by a police officer and be informed of the accusations against you. In some cases, you might be served with paperwork that details the accusations against you. In any situation where you have found out that you are accused of a crime, you can expect police or detectives to ask you questions relating to what happened to determine whether or not they would like to pursue charges or investigate further.

What Should You Do If You Are Accused of a Crime?

If you are innocent, your first impulse will probably be to speak with the police and defend yourself. Unfortunately, this can cause more harm than good. First, you should immediately call your lawyer. The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence will be able to inform you of any steps you should take and provide you with counsel. Anything that you say, even if you think that it is innocuous, can be used against you. You have a right to remain silent and a right to request your attorney, and you should take advantage of them.  

Should You Allow Searches or DNA Samples to Be Taken?

Many people believe that those who have nothing to hide readily allow the police to take DNA samples or search their homes and vehicles. However, that is not the case. Even if you know that you are innocent and not involved, you should never give police blanket permission to search your home, inspect your car, or take your DNA. If the police do have enough evidence to show that you might be connected, they will be able to get a warrant. Unless you are presented with a court order, you do not need to comply.

Should You Talk to the Person Accusing You?

No. Do not ever attempt to reach out to the person or business that accused you of a crime. You might feel angry, hurt, or shocked and think that contacting the person will clear up the misunderstanding. However, this almost always backfires and leaves you in even more trouble, as they might accuse you of intimidation.

Protect Yourself with The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence

If you or a loved one is uncertain how to proceed after being accused of a crime, choose an experienced firm like the Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence to give you the help you need.  Please give us a call at 443.352.3201. Skype and telephone consultation are both available to clients.

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