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What To Do If You Are Falsely Accused Of A Crime

8th July 2019

Being accused of a crime that you did not commit can be a terrifying, upsetting, and stressful ordeal that has a lasting impact on your life. It is not something that people imagine that they will ever have to deal with, but it does happen regularly whether this is being accused of theft, sexual offences, driving offences or any other type of crime. Since nobody expects to be accused of a crime that they did not commit, it also means that people do not know how to react in this situation which is a problem because how you respond is vital for clearing your name quickly. Here is all that you need to know.


Don’t Say Anything


Your natural reaction will be to proclaim innocence and to give reasons why it was not you. While this may be the case, it is much better simply to not say anything as any inconsistencies that come out could damage your case. Instead, do not say anything other than stating that you need to contact your lawyer. Although you should remain quiet, it is also vital that you are cooperative and do not resist arrest.


Find Expert Help


Following this, make sure that you hire a specialist criminal defence lawyer who will be able to take on your case. They will be ready to act in your defence, provide you with helpful advice for managing this traumatic experience, and ensure that the truth is discovered.


Do Not Speak To The Accuser


When you are accused of anything that you did not do the natural reaction is to speak to the accuser to try to clear your name. You should not make contact with the accuser or any witness as you could get angry and damage your case. Instead, remain calm and have faith that the justice system will succeed.


Gather Evidence


Your attorney will be able to take on the work for your case, but it is helpful if you are able to gather any evidence which could be used to prove your innocence. This might include a witness who can clear your name, clothing, photographs, receipts, etc.


Find Support & Look After Yourself


Being accused of a crime can take its toll so you will want to lean on your support network. Additionally, you need to look after yourself during this time, so try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and find ways to de-stress.


File For Compensation


Once your name has been cleared, you may want to think about filing your own lawsuit as you may have a claim for defamation. Being accused of a crime can be devastating in several ways, even if you are proven innocent, but filing for compensation can be helpful.


Nobody expects to be accused of a crime that they did not commit, but this does happen. This can be a troubling and scary experience. However, it is important that you remain calm and put your faith in the justice system. You can then put the experience behind you and move on with your life.

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