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What to do if You’re Innocent

By June 8, 2016April 5th, 2024No Comments

Every prosecutor in the history of prosecutors has filed charges against an innocent person. It’s not that every prosecutor is incompetent, it’s that they typically have limited information when making the final decision. Often the police report is the only piece of evidence or information they have access to.

This is why innocent people get charged with crimes they didn’t commit almost everyday. This is also why you shouldn’t lose all hope if it happens to you. If you hire an Oklahoma City criminal defense lawyer who’s worth their salt, you’ll be fine.  

If you hire a lawyer fast enough they can try to get the charges dropped before a trial ever starts. Criminal defense lawyers can get on the phone and talk to the prosecutor, the officers involved, and anyone else who might be helpful. The goal here is to prove there is either not enough evidence to support the charges or prove the evidence is just flat out wrong.

Even if a trial date is set, the charges can be dropped at anytime. Remember that prosecutors are busy people, so it might take some time for them to get the information they need to drop your charges.

If pretrial communication fails to get the charges dropped, you’ll have to go to court. When preparing for trial the best thing an innocent person can do is, listen to their lawyer. Don’t answer questions, don’t post on social media, and don’t talk about the case without your lawyer by your side.

Once the trial starts, your lawyer is your best friend. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what  happens during the trial and make sure you fully understand all your options and all your rights.