Being wrongfully accused of a crime you didn’t commit is stressful to say the least, but it happens all too frequently. A record setting number of those incarcerated were absolved and released from prison in 2015. The National Registry of Exonerations has reported in recent studies that 149 individuals stayed a median of 15 years behind bars before being vindicated. Imagine the number of people who have been wrongfully accused of a crime, gone through the trial process only to be found guilty, and their life destroyed as the slowly decay behind bars; is quite an alarming number. With that in mind we at Ajua Bail Bonds would like discuss wrongfully accused and share some advice on how to deal with the situation.
Posting Bail After Getting Arrested
For starters, the most important thing to remember is call Ajua Bail Bonds after getting arrested to bail yourself out in an effort to begin preparing for your defense. A new idea is spreading; prosecutor attorneys spend their day reviewing previous convictions. Traditionally, attorneys view their role as put the bad guy in prison, no matter the circumstances. Getting the wrongfully accused out of prison is a step in the right direction, but meanwhile, people are still getting wrongfully accused and later convicted.
What to Do When You Have Been Falsely Accused & Wrongfully Arrested
No one ever imagines that such circumstances can befall them, especially when they put in the extra effort to follow the rules and avoid breaking any laws. Below you will find some tips on what do if you are wrongfully arrested.
1) Retain a reputable lawyer. Whether you need one before or after you post bond, don’t believe that your acclaimed innocence will help you. Too often people get representation too late in the game because they feel it will make them look guilty. Having an attorney at your side from the beginning can make a significant difference in the final outcome.
2) Use your right to remain silent. Something you should always use, even when innocent is the right to remain silent which was established by the U.S. Constitution. Even the slightest deviations from the original statement will make you look guilty, even though you will want to shout your innocence and what really happened. Until you have spoken to an attorney, do not speak to anyone at all, law enforcement or civilians alike.
3) Respectfully decline any tests and searches. You never know what kind of “evidence” officers find; deny any optional searches or tests, despite if believe the DNA test will clear your name. You will be guaranteed all rules and policies are applied by ensuring the police get a warrant. You have the right to decline any searches or testing unless it has been court ordered.
4) Gather any evidence or proof of your innocence and prepare your defense. Collect all other evidence in your favor and don’t destroy anything you think may not work for you. Deliver all information and evidence you have gathered for your attorney.
5) Understand that you will not get any special treatment. You are not presumed innocent; in fact you will not privileged because you know you are innocent, law enforcement assumes your guilt. It is a challenge and a long road to prove your innocence in the justice system.
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Remember Ajua Bail Bonds is readily available to help our valued customers during this crisis in their lives. We will bail you out of jail and offer any advice and answer any questions we can to assist you through the process. If you or a loved one has been arrested, call us as soon as possible for your bail.