There is nothing more stressful than being charged with a crime, especially a significant crime that has the potential to impact your life for years down the road. For this reason, you should do everything you can to protect yourself once you’ve been informed that you’re facing criminal charges. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Bergen County criminal defense lawyer to learn more about what you should, and should not do if you have been charged with a crime.
What steps should I take if I’ve been accused of committing a crime in New Jersey?
If you’ve been accused of committing a crime here in the state of New Jersey, you should take the following actions to maximize your chances of getting out scot-free:
- Understand your charges. You need to know that any crime you’re charged with can impact your life for years to come. Upon conviction, you may face jail time, high fines, and more. Additionally, you’re likely to receive a criminal record, which will only further increase the impact of your criminal conviction.
- Hire an attorney. You need to hire legal representation for a variety of reasons. To start, an attorney can help inform you of the potential defenses you’re facing. Additionally, an attorney can help you determine whether it’s best to either intervene before charges are placed or simply wait it out. If you’re suspected of committing a crime, your attorney can take action to have any potential charges dismissed before they’re issued, but, depending on the case, it may be best to see if you’re charged with a crime at all. Additionally, legal representation can combat any charges against you once they are placed better than you could on your own. A law firm can obtain evidence to free you, speak with witnesses that can corroborate your story and more. In cases where you’re found guilty of a crime, an attorney can still plea bargain your case. Though it’s not ideal, attaining a lesser sentence for a crime you’re found guilty of committing can keep you out of jail for longer and can help you move on with your life sooner.
The bottom line is that if you’ve been accused of a crime in the state of New Jersey, you should speak with an attorney as soon as you can. We can help mitigate the charges you’re facing, or, in the best cases, have your charges dropped altogether.
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