Top 5 Mistakes Criminal Defendants Make
Sometimes the biggest danger to a defendant is themselves because of their lack of understanding or education about the criminal justice system. Let’s discuss some of the common mistakes criminal defendants make in their cases.
Hiring the most or least expensive lawyer
Price should not be the determining factor when hiring a lawyer. Important factors to consider are the attorney’s communication, sincere commitment to your case, and the team’s legal ability and skills. Be prepared to ask questions during your consult and build a rapport with the attorney. Understanding the law firm’s core values, mission, and purpose are key to finding the right fit.
Sharing information on social media
According to the Miranda warnings, “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” This also pertains to social media or anything online – including photos, videos, captions, or messages to others. Defendants who discuss their case on social media or with others can cause serious damage to their case. #dontsayaword #bequiet #dontspeak #nohashtags
Disclosing information while in Custody
“You have the right to remain silent.” Suspects in a crime are not required to give a statement to the police when being investigated and do not have to provide written or oral statements after an arrest. Once in custody, keep in mind that jail calls are recorded and will be secured and reviewed by the prosecution. It is also important to know that it is a mistake to speak to other inmates about the case – as other inmates can turn into cooperative witnesses for the prosecution.
Failure to maintain professionalism in court
Showing up to court late, underdressed, or with a bad attitude can be detrimental to a case. To avoid this mistake, show up early and dress like you are going on a job interview. Do not fall asleep in court and address others with respect – if there is a personal call that needs to be taken or you are upset about something that took place make sure to have those conversations outside of the courtroom so they are not overheard by the District Attorney, bailiffs, or other people in the courthouse.
Not Trusting their Attorney
If you take your time in researching and exploring experienced lawyers that make you feel comfortable and secure, then let that be a good enough reason to put your full trust in them. A lack of honesty and communication can lead to a breakdown in the attorney/client relationship.
If you are facing criminal charges, then it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. A skilled attorney may be able to help you avoid potential life-long and serious consequences for you and your family. We understand that charges can arise from a simple mistake, lack of judgment, or even a complete misunderstanding and we are here to help. Contact The Nieves Law Firm today for a free consultation!