When you have been arrested or charged with an offence, or even if you are being investigated, you need to be careful in everything you do. No matter how small or insignificant you think something may be, it could come back to bite you.
Since you won’t really know or realize something can hurt you badly, you may let down your guard. You are prone to making mistakes that could get you into deeper trouble. Let’s take a look at some mistakes you need to avoid if you are being investigated, arrested or charged.
1. Talking To Police Without The Facts
You are entitled to know all the facts that are being used against you. Without all these facts, you should not talk to the police. If you do, you could say something wrong or something that is seen as dishonest. Remember, you have the right to be silent and unless you know the facts of the case being used against you, you should exercise this right. After all, if you remain silent, it cannot be used against you, however, if you say something, it can be used against you.
2. Talking To Others
It can be difficult to keep it all inside, but it is the best thing to do. You never know who you are talking to and if you answer questions, it can be used against you. Even if it were a family member, this could also cause a problem. It is quite possible that that family member may be called as a witness which would put them and you in a very difficult and uncomfortable situation. You need to be incredibly discreet.
3. Never Ask Police For Advice/Help
Believe it or not, there are people who have actually asked the cops for help or advice. This is like asking a fox to guard the chickens. Cops have a job to do and that is to get evidence against you. They are not on your side. In fact, the police can legally lie to you as well, so tread carefully.
4. Getting Rid Of Evidence
Sometimes, you may destroy evidence, that, ironically, could have been incredibly helpful in your case. Things like this have happened and will happen in the future too. Evidence such as photos or text messages can be crucial, as are other kinds of evidence. It is helpful to get the aid of a lawyer who can arrange to have such evidence retrieved by use of computer forensics in the event you deleted important files.
5. Posting On Social Media
Many an idiot have been caught with their pants down because they thought they were cute and clever. These people post things on social media thinking nothing of it. However, this is a juicy ripe fruit just waiting to be picked by investigators. Police now use social media regularly as part of their investigations. Even if you deleted a post after realizing a mistake, this deleted information can still be obtained. Besides, someone may have seen it and possibly taken a screenshot.
If you are in some kind of legal trouble and are being investigated, your best bet would be to hire the services of a criminal lawyer. They can advise you on what to do and perhaps more importantly, what not to do, such as some of the mistakes mentioned above. A criminal lawyer gives you the best chance of a better outcome.