Being charged with murder is quite possibly the most challenging event that any individual could face. Only a small handful of people will ever experience such a hardship, but for those who do, it is important to know the best strategies to employ when fighting such charges. Knowing your own rights and understanding the responsibilities of law enforcement are crucial first steps.
Demand an Attorney
If you fear being charged with murder, you should contact an attorney well before any charges are filed. Even if you don’t anticipate any charges being filed, you should still contact an attorney to discuss your options. Don’t make the common mistake of trying to explain yourself to the police in hopes that everything will be straightened out immediately. Murder investigations often require significant resources and time. Before you start giving your version of events to anyone involved, demand to speak with an attorney; law enforcement is obliged to call for an attorney to assist you if you request, or they can call your own personal attorney if you have one. While a private attorney dedicated to your case may provide the best chance at success, don’t be fooled into thinking that you won’t have any access to representation if you cannot afford an attorney. Remember, if arrested, demand to speak with an attorney before you answer any questions.
Being arrested can be a traumatic and frightening experience, but don’t let these emotions cloud your judgment. Defendants often get themselves into trouble when they rush through an explanation of an incident, and then have to change that story later when they remember different details.
If you do explain yourself, make sure to do so carefully, and don’t commit to a specific course of events unless you are completely sure about the details. Law enforcement officials will pry for information, particularly if they deem you uncooperative, but don’t let them rush you into saying something incorrect.
Don’t speak just because you feel that you need to say something. You will never say more important words than in those moments, so give them serious thought.
Better yet, speak with an attorney before explaining anything to the police.
Less Is More
Many people have a tendency to offer more of an explanation than is needed when being questioned about by police. The accused individuals may begin to ramble, and may offer more information than police originally requested. Remember, police officers often employ strategies to build trust and make the person under interrogation feel comfortable, but their primary goal is to apprehend a suspect, and they do not represent your interests. Once you’ve had time to consider their questions and speak with your attorney, you will understand better how best to answer. Never offer more information than you absolutely must.
Call the Khonsari Law Group Now
Murder is perhaps the most serious crime a person can face, and murder charges can turn someone’s life upside down. Following the tips discussed above will help you remain calm, and get your case off to a solid start. However, you should also speak with an attorney as soon as possible, to discuss your charges and potential defenses. Contact the Khonsari Law Group today at (727) 269-5300, or online, and let our experienced criminal defense attorneys handle your legal battle while you focus on keeping your life together.