If the entire justice system were perfect, no one would get convicted for a crime they never committed. But it is possible, under the current justice system, for an innocent individual to get poor defense and end up being convicted of a crime he or she didn’t commit. In many cases, some mistakes made by the accused play a significant role in these unjust convictions. Here are the mistakes you should avoid if you’re facing criminal charges.
Taking An Active Role In The Defense
Most criminal charges put your resources and freedom at stake. And it is understandable if you intend to take an active part during the defense. But you shouldn’t forget that your Orlando criminal attorney is a legal professional who has been handling similar cases or even more complex ones for many years.
Listen to your lawyer’s advice and let him or her guide you through the process. Sure, you can seek clarification on issues that you don’t understand, but you should never undermine your criminal defense attorney.
Assuming You Will Be Convicted
No matter the circumstances leading up to your arrest or ticket, you should never assume that you will be convicted at a court trial. It is the responsibility of the prosecutor’s office to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that you’re guilty of the alleged crime. And there is insufficient evidence to prove your guilt, you cannot be legally convicted.
Besides, even if you believe you committed the crime, there is a possibility that the specific activity isn’t actually illegal, depending on the state laws. And you might have specific defenses to justify your conduct. For instance, your lawyer can argue that you killed someone in self-defense.
Assuming That The Police And The Prosecutors Followed The Law
Both police and prosecutors make mistakes, just like all other people. It is possible that your stop and arrest were done in strict compliance with the state and federal laws. But don’t you think it is possible that the investigator or arresting officer who questioned you once you were taken in for booking may have violated some of your constitutional rights?
Also, prosecutors can make mistakes. For instance, withholding key evidence during discovery, relying on inadmissible evidence, and other prosecutorial mistakes could jeopardize the case. In the end, you will be entitled to the ‘not guilty’ verdict.
Being Sloppy In Court
Appearance matters. If you appear in court looking dirty and unkempt, there is a good chance you will not earn yourself favors. In most cases, people get judged by appearances. While juries and judges are supposed to focus majorly on the law, there is a possibility of their personal bias affecting their choices. So, never look sloppy in court.
If you’re facing criminal charges, you should keep off social media. Sharing social media posts about your case isn’t good news. Remember, your social media posts can be admitted as part of the evidence, and the last thing you want is to give the plaintiff something to pin you down.