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3 tips for defending yourself against a criminal accusation

If you have been accused of a crime, you will need to defend yourself in court. Everyone has a right to a defense, no matter how obvious the evidence against them may seem.

Even if you’re guilty of the accusations, your defense can mitigate the consequences by presenting a reasonable explanation for the events. The following are 3 tips for successfully defending yourself against a criminal accusation.

Know your rights

It’s ideal if you have a good understanding of your rights before you have an encounter with law enforcement. If the police ask for consent to search your vehicle or home, you have the right to deny them, and they then will need to gain a warrant. If you forget this, it can be a lot harder to challenge the legality of a search.

Remain silent when you can

In any court encounter or interaction with law enforcement, what you say could be held against you. Therefore, remaining silent when you’re not represented by a legal professional tends to be the best choice in most circumstances.

Show your true intentions

A legal professional will help you to be presented in a positive light. Ideally, you will be able to show that you have no intention of breaking the law and that you’re a person with strong morals and a sense of right and wrong. Showing that you had good intentions can be a key part of a strong defense.

There are many ways that you can defend yourself after being accused of a crime. Make sure that you take early action so that you have the best possible chance of avoiding charges.

Alex Hanna was named Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer (2016) by The National Trial Lawyers.

Alex Hanna is rated a Premier DUI Attorney by the American Association of Premier DUI (2016).

Alex Hanna was named Traffic Lawyer of the Decade (2010) by the Minority Chamber of Commerce.

Alex Hanna was given the 2016 Client’s Choice Award from Avvo.

Alex Hanna is a member of The Florida Bar and Practices in the areas of Criminal, Traffic and Personal Injury Law since 2001.

Alex Hanna is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2016).

Alex Hanna is a member of the Esteemed Lawyers of America association (2017).

Alex Hanna is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2017).

Alex Hanna was bestowed the 10 best law firm award by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys in 2016 and 2017.