Steps to Take When You've Been Falsely Accused of a Crime
Anyone is at risk of being falsely accused of a crime, especially if the accuser has a motive to lie. This motive can be driven by revenge or a desire to gain an advantage in a family law or civil case. Whatever the motivation is, the falsely accused needs to be proactive in [mounting a defense](h
Make a List of Defense WitnessesCompose a list of potential witnesses with contact information for individuals who can support the defense (for example, an alibi), and provide the list to the criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Getting the information together now will save time later in trying to track down crucial defense witnesses.
Create a List of Relevant Documents and RecordsDepending on what the false accusation concerns, creating a comprehensive list of all documents and records that support the defense is helpful. For example, phone records (including text messages) and email addresses may assist in attacking the false allegations, so the list should include cell phone companies and email addresses that the accuser and/or falsely accused used during the alleged incident. This will give the defense attorney enough information to subpoena any necessary records in preparation of the defense. If the false allegations have any relation to a family law or civil law suit, those records will also need to be obtained by the criminal attorney.
Create a Timeline of EventsCreating a timeline is extremely helpful to the criminal defense attorney. Start the list with the earliest date (including the timeframe the falsely accused initially met the accuser), the circumstances surrounding the relationship and what led to the incident or false allegations. Be concise, listing all dates and a description of the encounter, with the names of any potential witnesses who were present or have knowledge of the events that happened.
Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney ImmediatelyThe most important thing to do if you are falsely accused of a crime is DON'T TALK to anyone about the alleged incident and immediately consult with and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Hiring an attorney as soon as possible insulates the falsely accused from having to speak to law enforcement officers and anyone else trying to get information that will be used against the falsely accused.