Being accused of a crime can have a devastating effect on a person’s life, as well as that of his/her family. Repercussions from losing one’s job to ostracization from society can truly catapult one into what seems like a never-ending downward spiral. To make things worse, however, are situations in which one is falsely accused of a crime. Although our criminal justice system works in most cases, and is held up as a standard to many other countries, not all juries get things right. Unfortunately, in such cases, the consequences to the accused can be horrific, such as what happened to a Vallejo couple in 2015, where an abducted woman and her boyfriend were accused of staging a hoax similar to that presented in the movie, Gone Girl. While this example did have a happy ending, and no innocent people were incarcerated, this doesn’t happen in all cases, and innocent people do go to jail. The best way to avoid such a situation is to do your best to ensure the proper outcome, which means immediately securing representation from experienced criminal defense attorneys. Skilled criminal defense attorneys know and can navigate through the complex idiosyncrasies of the criminal justice system to ensure the fairest possible conclusion. An overview of the process, as it relates to those falsely accused, follows below.
Treatment of a False Accusation
Being falsely accused of a crime, unfortunately, does not alter the way the matter progresses through the criminal justice system. This is because the prosecution typically does not believe the defendant’s assertion. Consequently, one who is falsely accused should never think that, because he/she is innocent and has nothing to hide, there is no need to seek the counsel of an attorney. In fact, as a result of the false accusation, there is perhaps an even greater need for legal advocacy. One tactic that should never occur without the presence of counsel is for the defendant to negotiate a plea agreement on his/her own. In other words, a defendant should also never agree to plead guilty to a lesser offense without the advice of counsel. While, in some cases, agreeing to a lesser offense may be the best option, even for innocent defendants, an experienced criminal defense attorney will be in the best position to not only negotiate the best possible plea deal, but to explain all the ramifications of an agreement to that plea deal to his/her client.
Mounting A Defense
While it is true that it is difficult to prove one’s innocence against false accusations, it is not impossible. In cases, for example, where both parties are present at trial, unlike homicide, cases focus on the testimony of both parties involved. An experienced criminal trial attorney on your side will best be able to persuade the jury to believe your assertions. Specifically, your attorney should examine not only the evidence, but the credibility of the witnesses, in their preparation for your defense.
Additionally, in all criminal trials, the prosecution must prove that the defendant committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. A skilled attorney will use all means at his/her disposal to combat this significant burden. In addition to that listed above, this would also involve thorough discovery of all facts in an effort to dispute all the elements of the charged crime.
Get Legal Advice
Criminal accusations should not be tackled alone. And, when it comes to defending against false accusations, your best strategy is to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows how to aggressively prove your innocence and protect your rights. The Los Angeles Manshoory Law Group, APC will work to keep you involved in the legal proceedings, and strive to find the best possible solution to your case. Attorneys are available 24/7. Contact us to schedule a consultation.