Wrongful convictions affect far too many people in the United States. Every year, roughly 10,000 U.S. citizens are wrongfully convicted of serious crimes that often result in lengthy prison time. That’s why it’s so important to work with experienced attorneys. Professional attorneys who are experienced in both business law and criminal defense can ensure that you’re getting the legal representation you deserve.
Especially in college, when every decision you make has a direct affect on the rest of your life, if you’re wrongfully convicted of a crime of any degree, you should immediately seek legal assistance. Here is what you can expect during a wrongful conviction.
First will come the actual arrest, which you will need to handle carefully. Even if you are 100% innocent of whatever crime you’re being arrested for, you still can be charged with resisting arrest or assaulting a police officer if you act out violently, so you must refrain from doing so. Being accused of something that you didn’t do is an incredibly frustrating situation, but it’s your responsibility to act as cordial as possible and keep a level head.
During the arrest, you should also do your best to take a mental note of everything that happened leading up to the arrest and everything that happened afterward. As soon as you get a chance, write down everything you can remember on a notepad and try and recreate the events of that particular day so you can go over them, in detail, without missing any important information. You’ll be able to use this information later on and it’ll seriously help your case.
The next thing you should do is immediately contact your attorney. Let them know that you’re innocent, but you’ll have to do more than just give them your word, because most people say they’re innocent. Tell your attorney everything that happened before, during, and after the crime in question or the arrest.
Give your attorney your official statement and try your best to recount every single detail. As long as your attorney has all the information about you and your case, you’ll have a much better chance of fighting a wrongful arrest once it gets to court.
If you’re a college student in need of legal representation, contact John Elledge and Assoc PC to speak with professional attorneys.