Being charged with a crime can be a very difficult and confusing time. For instance, your mind is full of vital questions after you have been charged with a drug crime, a violent crime or a white-collar crime. “Will I go to prison?” is the top question for most people.

When you are facing criminal charges, often your natural instincts may lead you to do the very things that can hurt your case the most. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some things that you should and shouldn’t do:

Don’t

Don’t try to talk your way out of it with police or investigators.

Don’t discuss your case with anyone other than your attorney. This may be difficult since you might want to seek comfort from your friends and family.

Don’t give recorded statements to anyone without your lawyer’s advice or guidance.

Don’t wait to see what will happen next. Be proactive in your defense and work with your attorney to prove your innocence.

If you choose to do any of these items, it could lead to a failed defense. This means that you may face stiff fines, penalties, jail time or even a lengthy prison sentence. Above all, you could have a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life.

It’s best just to avoid any circumstances where you may be tempted to do any of the items above; it’s simply not worth the risks.

Do

To give yourself the greatest chances of a favorable outcome in your criminal case here is solid advice that you should follow:

Do keep any explanations of your situation to yourself. When police or investigators are questioning you, they may try to help paint you into a corner using your own words. Although this seems like a good idea to try to explain your side, it can hurt you – especially without an attorney present.

Do contact a defense lawyer. Do not think long about this or try to figure out how you will pay your legal fees. Rather, get an initial consultation on the calendar as soon as you can.

Again, do refrain from discussing the details of your legal matter with anyone except for your attorney. This is extremely important. So much so that it bears repeating.

Do keep track of any evidence that you believe may help your case, such as contact information for people who can support your alibi, if you have one.

Most importantly, do be honest and cooperative with your lawyer. Your lawyer is your biggest ally, and you need to be open and upfront. Remember, your communications with your attorney are confidential and protected.

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