What to Do Following an Arrest
Steps to Take to Defend Your Freedom
If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it is absolutely vital
that you take action to defend yourself against the possibility that you
will be convicted on the charges. Unfortunately, the criminal defense
system is notoriously complex, and it is easy to make mistakes that can
result in a conviction with consequences that can follow you for the rest
of your life. This situation may be an enormously stressful and confusing
experience for you, especially if it is the first time that you have been
arrested, but the team at R. Scott Magee, Attorney at Law is here to help.
To get you started with the process of building an effective defense,
here is a brief overview of the steps you should take in the aftermath
of your arrest.
Plead the Fifth
Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, you
cannot be compelled to serve as a witness against yourself in any criminal
case. What this means to you at this point is that you do not have to
say anything that could incriminate you or be used as evidence against
you. Most people make a serious mistake by waiving this right; they think
that they can resolve the situation by being friendly and cooperative
and by telling their side of the story to the investigators, but the fact
is that this simply is not true. The police officer is not your friend
when you are under investigation. His job is to solve crimes and to assist
in securing convictions, and the only reason that he wants to speak with
you is because he believes that you are the perpetrator.
Do Not Speak with Law Enforcement
Any questions that a police officer has will only be intended to get you
to say things that incriminate you or to get you to confess to the crime.
Instead of helping the investigators solve the crime, which you may not
even have full knowledge of, exercise your right to remain silent. Don't
let the officer or detective pressure you into talking by suggesting that
refusing to speak makes you look guilty; the fact that you invoke your
Fifth Amendment right to remain silent cannot be used against you in court.
You should not only refuse to speak with investigators, you also should
refrain from talking to anyone except your attorney. For example, the
police will sometimes use a "pre-text call" in hopes of obtaining
a confession by setting up a scenario such as this: The victim of a
sex crime will make a phone call to the alleged perpetrator to request an explanation
or apology without informing the other party, the suspect, that the call
is actually being recorded as evidence. You cannot safely speak about
the case with anyone but your
Round Rock criminal lawyer.
Do you need an attorney to defend your Williamson County criminal case?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, there may be people who can
serve as witnesses for you. Make sure that you have a list of anyone who
could testify on your behalf and provide this list to your attorney as
soon as possible. If you are under investigation or have been arrested,
the Williamson County District Attorney is already working to gather evidence
and to build an overwhelming case against you, and you cannot afford any
delay in mounting your own defense.
Bring the case to us right away so that we can begin interviewing witnesses,
investigating the alleged crime, and working to develop an argument to
clear your name. We have handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony charges
and are ready to take immediate action on your behalf!