The best way to avoid being charged with a crime is by avoiding any type of behavior that may warrant an accusation. However, if you have already been accused of a crime, the best way to avoid being charged is to build a compelling defense. Defending yourself is partly affirmative: You need to actively show that your actions do not satisfy all of the elements of the crime that you are accused of.
However, part of defense is also making sure that you do not do certain things, since these things could harm your defense strategy or make it harder for you to be successful. The following are some actions that you should avoid if you have been accused of a crime.
Don’t share any details on social media or in written communication
In today’s world, many people want to share everything that happens to them online. If you were accused of a crime that you did not commit, you may be tempted to share this on your social media pages, or to email acquaintances, telling them what really happened. It is important that you refrain from communicating in this way, because anything you say may be used against you in a court of law. Therefore, it is best to simply say nothing.
Don’t turn up in court with a disregard for how you look
It’s not a crime to dress poorly in court, and the most important thing is being able to refute the accusation made against you by stating facts. However, dressing smartly in a court of law is a sign of respect, and it shows that you take your situation seriously. Dressing nicely, being respectful, and speaking in a polite manner is likely going to affect the way that the judge sees you.
If you have been accused of a crime, make sure that you take immediate action to start forming your defense for the best possible chance of success.