Being charged with a crime is stressful and upsetting. It can be even more upsetting if you were falsely accused. You might ask, what can I do if I am falsely accused of a crime in Maine? In conclusion, the answer to the question (what can I do if I am falsely accused of a crime?) is you should talk to Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible. Even if you feel that you did nothing wrong, a criminal defense lawyer can help put your mind at ease.
If you feel you were falsely accused, you might be tempted to try to explain things to the police. If they understand your point of view, then they will drop the charges, right? Nope! By issuing you a summons, the police already feel they have enough probable cause to charge you with a crime. Now it is up to the DA’s Office to screen the case to see if they are going to move forward with prosecution. Remember the famous line from a movie, “it is not what you know, it is what you can prove,” and this is as true as it gets in criminal defense. Talking to police or the DA’s office alone without a lawyer puts you at risk for confessing to more that you wanted, getting yourself into even more serious trouble. You have the right to remain silent, and you should exercise that right. Remember the Police and the District Attorney are not your friends. They have a job to do. Their job is to charge people and convict them of crimes.
If you have been falsely accused of a crime, you need a a criminal defense attorney in your corner. A criminal defense attorney will help navigate the system. Remember that being accused of a crime is not the same thing as being convicted of a crime. The State still has to prove it at Court and your best bet on beating the charges is to have the assistance of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Being charged only does not make you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
For questions about your specific case, please feel free to contact The Nielsen Group for a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys.