While the vast majority of citizens in the US are law-abiding, bar the odd speeding penalty or littering charge, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you’re on the wrong side of the law, and now you’re facing the full force of the justice system.
If this is a crime or situation you’ve been wrongly accused of, it can be a shocking predicament to find yourself in, and many people won’t know what to do.
However, today we’re going to explore the seven steps you’ve got to take when it comes to getting justice for yourself, which will also help to minimize costs and get everything back to normal as quickly as possible.
#1 – Contact the Emergency Services First
If, for example, you’re in a car accident and the other driver is screaming at you and accusing you, telling you it’s your fault, you’re well within your rights to ignore them and wait for the emergency services to arrive, which is exactly what you should do.
The fact you’re calling the emergency services shows you don’t think you’re guilty as not calling them does, and the other party may be trying to intimidate you, so they can get off the hook.
#2 – Get Support
While we’ll talk about getting legal assistance below, it’s important you reach out to friends and family and those you can rely on. Don’t be shocked if some people start to withdraw from you; even the connotations of being a criminal can make people feel uncomfortable, just be honest with them.
#3 – Warrants Required
If the police come to your house and they’re asking to search your home, remember that the police have no legal ability to get into your home without a search warrant granting them the access to do so. While you may be happy to let them in to search; especially if you’ve done nothing wrong and had nothing to hide, you never know when something could be misinterpreted.
#4 – Get Legal Representation
When you find yourself fighting the justice legally, even if you’re innocent, you’re going to need to invest in the best legal help that you can afford. It may be tempting to try and save costs, but if you’re found guilty and fined or put in jail, it’ll have all been for nothing.
#5 – Remain Silent
No matter what situation you find yourself in, you’re well within your rights to remain silent until a legal representative is given or made available to you. Only ever talk, if you want, with a lawyer present. Otherwise, things can be taken out of context, and you might get yourself into deeper hot water.
#6 – Legal Representation Doesn’t Mean Guilt
Hand in hand with the points above, just because you’re getting yourself a lawyer, that doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Everybody is entitled to a lawyer to help them navigate the justice system and other details, so don’t see it as a sign of weakness.
#7 – Look After Yourself
Another hugely important point to consider is making sure you’re looking after yourself through this entire process. Fighting for your innocence can be incredibly stressful, and it’s important that you care for yourself both physically and mentally. Your own health is a priority.
There are plenty of steps you can take and things to remember when it comes to proving your innocence within the justice system. One of the most important things to remember is to look after yourself and be organized. The more organized you can be, the quicker the process will be done and dealt with.