Criminal Charges: The Do's And Don'ts

Remaining Silent

Do not talk to the police or anyone else until you consult with an attorney. Law enforcement officers are skilled in getting suspects to talk about the criminal charges they face. They will claim that it is in your best interests to provide them with as much information as possible. In reality, an experienced criminal defense attorney speaking for you will protect your rights.

Searches Of Your Home

Do not allow for any searches of your home to take place without a warrant. Officers must have cause to conduct them. They can ask, but you can also say "no." You do not have to follow those orders. A refusal is within your rights. Also, avoid opening the door more than a crack as that may seem like an invitation for the police to enter your home.

Avoiding Social Media Traps

In the past, the jailhouse phone provided a wealth of information to law enforcement. In today's digital era, online postings on social media are valuable resources for the police. Suspects must keep social media use to a minimum. While it is tempting to tell the story of your "status," doing so can undermine your case. Resist the urge to overshare on Facebook and Twitter. At the very least, set your accounts to private to limit non-followers — specifically New York police investigators — from uncovering evidence.

Making A Good Impression Matters

While no one expects you to don a suit and tie in court, a presentable outfit is important. Overly flashy clothes should be avoided, particularly if the charges involve drug dealing. All interactions with a judge, prosecutor, bailiff and court staff should be respectful. During courtroom proceedings, remain quiet and do not speak unless your lawyer asks you to.

Contact An Attorney Immediately

While conduct will not trump the evidence against you, putting yourself in a better light has its benefits. Schedule a free consultation. Call 212-235-1489 or email our Manhattan law office today.