When you face criminal charges in Texas, you may panic and want to defend yourself and your actions to anyone who will listen. However, you have to use caution when speaking about your circumstances.
Saying too much or saying the wrong thing may only further incriminate you. Knowing what behaviors to avoid can help you protect your rights during an unprecedented time.
Watch out for promises
At the time of your arrest and even afterward the authorities may summon you to ask questions. Refrain from providing any information about your case without an attorney present to mediate. In some instances, authorities may offer you promises in exchange for relinquishing the information they want from you. While their offers may intrigue you, accepting them could incriminate you and impact your future more than you realize at the moment.
Rely on your attorney
Hiring a trustworthy attorney may alleviate some of your uncertainty as you work to defend your rights and reputation. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, an attorney’s responsibilities include defending you through filing motions and preparing your case for trial.
Work closely with your attorney to better understand how you can prepare for court. As you wait for your turn in court, refrain from talking with people about your case. Even close family and friends may unintentionally share what you have said which could complicate the proceedings.
Your effort to cautiously carry yourself can help you prevent a worse outcome. With the right strategies, you may have a better chance at mitigating the negative consequences of your crimes so you can move on with your life.