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10 Important Things to Know if You're Facing Criminal Charges

Jason Apollo Hart, Attorney At Law Dec. 10, 2019

Facing criminal charges is a stressful and potentially frightening experience. There may be times when you’re faced by coercion or intimidation from law enforcement personnel that would have you act against your best interest. During the entirety of your criminal case, it is highly important to follow the advice of your criminal defense lawyer.

At Apollo law, we emphasize how important it is for clients to adhere to the advice given by of our lawyer, especially in regards to a few basic items we instruct every client to follow. The basic advice we provide is not mere lawyerly suggestions, they are specific items of legal advice and are grounded in the most fundamental concepts of criminal defense representation. If you have retained Apollo Law to represent you in a criminal matter, please contact us with any questions you have about any portion of the following advice.

  1. You should never answer any questions posed by a police officer, court official, lawyer, or any other person outside the presence of your attorney. You are represented by counsel and you should direct those individuals who want to question you to your attorney.

  2. Never initiate or participate in general conversations about your case. Family, friends and many others may show and interest in your case. They may want to get you to talk about the case at some point in time. Our advice is it absolutely speak to nobody about your case until and unless your attorney advises you to do so.

  3. Never hide or destroy anything which may be evidence against you in your case.

  4. Never contact a witness or potential witness unless your attorney advises you to do so.

  5. Never contact a juror or potential juror, ever!

  6. Always call your attorney if a circumstance arises which you believe may adversely affect your case. Let your attorney know if something happens to you or a family member which causes a significant change in your circumstances.

  7. Do not place yourself in jeopardy of being arrested for additional criminal charges while current charges are pending.

  8. Do not approach any judge or prosecutor about your case, and do not send third persons to make such contact for you.

  9. Do not speak with the press unless you and your attorney have specifically discussed the idea and determined it a good course of action.

  10. Always assert your constitutional rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present if anyone should want to question you, detain you, or conduct a search of your person or property. Never allow yourself to be intimidated or talked into waiving your rights.

Nothing good comes from talking to law enforcement on your own. Seemingly innocent bits and details from conversation can later be used to attempt to prove your guilt or destroy your credibility in the courtroom. When you are facing criminal charges, you have the right to remain silent and avoid self incrimination. It’s vitally important to have your criminal defense lawyer present when dealing with law enforcement.

If you are facing criminal charges, it's important to have a Kentucky Criminal defense lawyer who understands the complex legal system and who fight for your rights. Contact Apollo Law today by using the contact form below or calling.