Many people who have been arrested and charged with a crime make one mistake which has the potential to affect their entire future: they give up hope of fighting the charges. Maybe you have been arrested for DUI after failing a field sobriety test. Perhaps you were charged with a drug crime after being caught in possession of marijuana. Maybe the police arrested you in your home after a complaint of domestic battery. There may in fact be evidence that strongly suggests that you are guilty of the charges, but this does not mean that it is certain that you will be convicted.
You may be wondering how it is possible for you to avoid a conviction in light of the evidence against you. The answer is that you have powerful legal rights, rights which may make it possible for you to secure an exoneration or a dismissal of the charges. You have probably heard the phrase, Innocent Until Proven Guilty countless times throughout your life, but never has it been so important for your future. The fact is that you are legally presumed to be innocent, and cannot be convicted unless the prosecutor can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did in fact commit the crime.
That is my job as a criminal defense attorney: to raise questions that create a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jury as to whether or not you are guilty. I know where to look for weak points in the evidence against you, such as law enforcement mistakes or evidence that cannot stand up to aggressive cross-examination in the courtroom. For example, if the police officer who arrested you for drinking and driving cannot demonstrate that there was probable cause to pull you over in the first place, it may be possible to file a motion to have the charges dismissed on the grounds that your Constitutional right against unreasonable search and seizure was violated. Similarly, it is often possible to defeat violent crime charges by demonstrating that the defendant was acting in self-defense or has been falsely accused. It is nearly always possible to secure a better result by fighting the charges, and it is often possible to win.
The one thing you must not do is to discuss the alleged crime with anyone but your attorney. Why is this? Because, as you have often heard, "Anything you say or do can and will be held against you in a court of law." The police may act very friendly and give you the impression that if you are cooperative, they will help you-don't believe this for a minute. You would not have been arrested unless they already thought there was sufficient evidence to convict you, and anything you say will only be used to help them build their case. Don't think that you can resolve the situation by telling your side of the story. Police officers are trained in interrogation techniques, and they know how to get suspects to make self-incriminating statements.
Don't take any chances with your future by talking to the police-let your attorney represent you with the authorities and help you navigate the criminal process. Contact me now at the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for a confidential consultation where you can ask your questions about the situation and get an unbiased opinion of your legal options. I am on your side and want to help you avoid the serious consequences you face!