When charged with an offense which is criminal in nature, you need to be vigilant and follow certain precautions to avoid getting into further trouble. Here are a few do’s and don’ts.
Legal authorities have the right to stop and pull you over if they feel that everything is not right. You need to be cooperative and polite when answering their questions. After all you need to realize that they are only doing their duty. Never be disrespectful and ensure you only provide basic information when asked. You can tell them your name, address and phone number but nothing more is required at this stage.
It is ideal to keep silent if your attorney is not present, especially to legal authorities. You can choose to remain silent and be respectful when declining to answer. You can tell them that you would like to keep silent till the time you have spoken to your lawyer. This is because you risk blaspheming even though you may feel that you are using statements to help you. These exacts words can be played with and used against you in court.
You have all the rights to question your attorney as to get more information about their background. Before you hire a lawyer you need to ensure that they would be able to help you surely. You can question them on their experience, qualification and everything else that helps you confidently hire their services.
Time is crucial and it is vital that you hire a criminal attorney as soon as possible. This will ensure your defense is worked upon and built at the earliest.
Be transparent to and talk freely to your attorney. Give him all the information so that he would be able to help you in the best possible manner. If you hold back information the only person being affected is you. Holding back information will only weaken your defenses.
Make sure that your attorney knows your whereabouts. Give him all your contact details so that he would be able to contact you at any time.
Never resort to posting your case related information on social websites. This can and will be used against you in court.
Ensure that your attorney has every bit of documentation that you possess with regards to the case. This will help when you least expect.
Never resort to discussing legal things over the telephone. Refrain from talking about the case to other jail inmates if you have been arrested.
These are some tips that will help you with a criminal case.