If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime that you did not commit, it can be mind-boggling. We assume that we will not be accused of doing things we did not do and that the legal system guarantees that we won’t be falsely convicted. Unfortunately, false accusations are more common than we would like to think.

Just one false accusation has the power to destroy your reputation. Future employment, financial aid, college loans and scholarships, housing, and more. False accusations can even land you in jail. Contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney should be immediate to help ensure that your life is not turned upside down.

A false allegation doesn’t mean you will be arrested and charged with the crime, but it can lead to an arrest. Call a criminal defense attorney in Ohio as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. If you are arrested, remember that you have the right to remain silent. Anything you might say could be used against you later. Only speak to let the arresting officer know verbally that you intend to stay silent. Inform the officer that you want to call a criminal defense attorney as you are legally entitled to this.

Do not consent to any searches. Police need your permission or they need a search warrant based on probable cause signed by a judge. Even if you have nothing to hide, do not give them the OK.

When you have been falsely accused of a crime it will be important to have evidence that supports your innocence. After you have been falsely accused you should begin to gather and collect emails, texts, Facebook messages, social media posts, letters, and any other information that may help to establish your innocence. Share it all with your criminal defense attorney.

Don’t confront the accuser.  This person has accused you of committing a crime and speaking with them can cause more harm than good. Your accuser may report your encounter to police and relay the things you said. Again, these statements can be taken out of context or misunderstood. Additionally, you could face additional criminal charges for harassment, stalking, or any other number of similar Ohio crimes. Your accuser may even ask for a protection order to be issued against you.

The Bottom Line:  The sooner you seek help from a criminal defense attorney, the sooner the intervention in your case and start defending your rights and freedom. Defending against false allegations requires close scrutiny of the prosecution’s claims. In some cases, it is possible to prevent a charge from even being filed by showing that the prosecution lacks evidence to pursue the charge.  Let me help you. Call me now. 513.260.2099