I have been arrested on felony charges and I am innocent, what should I do?

When you are arrested, make sure you remain silent and ask for a lawyer!

The very first thing to do is to remain silent! Don’t make any statements at all to anyone! Law enforcement will try to pretend like they can assist you if you cooperate and tell them what they want to hear. This is not true!! It is the State Attorney and the Judge that make decisions as to the filing of your case and the sentence. Not the police! Answer every question with a request to call an attorney.

Next, call an attorney!! Ask them to discuss all of your legal options in a secure setting. The attorney will come and answer your questions. The attorney will help guide you through the process and will protect all of your legal rights.

If you have any witnesses, make sure that you get their names, addresses and if possible their phone numbers. If you were at a location with cameras, inform them you will be asking for a copy of the video. When you meet with the attorney, provide them with all of this information. They can then use the information to prepare a defense.

The criminal justice system works slowly. This is especially true for felony charges. Be prepared to take a couple days off from work or school for court appearances and appointments with your attorney. If you are in jail because you cannot afford the bond, the attorney will arrange for a bond hearing. They will also set your case for trial. This may take time. It is important to remain patient. The attorney has no control over how fast the judge hears your case.

Being accused of a crime is very stressful. But the attorney will help you to obtain the best possible outcome. It is their job to look out for you and your interests. Trust the attorney and follow their advice. This will ensure the best possible result for your situation.

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