Being investigated for a crime is scary, especially if you are sure you are not guilty of the charges. Unfortunately, false allegations occur in Florida more often than many realize. No matter the crime of which you’re accused of committing, your first step should be to secure legal representation from an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney.
For over 30 years, Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Gabriel has created solid defense strategies for people accused of crimes in Florida. When you work with Mr. Gabriel, you can rest assured that he will handle your case and defend your rights using all the knowledge and skills he has developed over the span of his triple-decade career.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Wrongly Accused of a Crime in Florida?
False accusations can come from witnesses or victims identifying the wrong person, sources leading police officers to suspect an innocent person, or other circumstances. If you or someone you care about has been accused or charged with a crime in Florida they did not commit, make sure you retain the help of a lawyer as soon as possible. You should also:
- Collect any physical evidence concerning the case, such as:
- Any other related objects
- Gather any documentation or records that could be related to the incident, such as:
- Text messages
- Bank statements
- Phone and GPS records
- Receipts or documentation showing where you were at the time of the crime
- Write down a list of evidence you know exists but were unable to take from the scene of the crime, such as:
- Bullet casings
- Make a list of potential witnesses and acquire their contact information
After being falsely accused of a crime, it is crucial that you do not:
- Destroy any evidence you think could hurt your case. Doing so could cast you in an even more suspicious light and lead to more severe criminal charges than you were already facing.
- Attempt to speak with any victims about the case or have any contact with witnesses.
- Speak to law enforcement or investigators without having your attorney present
- Submit to any testing or give any evidence to law enforcement without consulting your lawyer first, no matter how much you believe it will help prove your innocence.
Keep in mind that every person in the United States is deemed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that you have the right to remain silent. Never answer any questions or talk to the police other than to give them your name, address, and other identifying information.
Were You Falsely Accused of a Crime? Contact a Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer
The United States Constitution guarantees you the right to competent legal representation, and for a good reason. An experienced criminal defense attorney is proficient in the laws regarding your situation, and understands what you are going through and how to protect your rights.
If you are facing criminal charges for an offense you did not commit, you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Gabriel has worked in the Florida criminal defense field for over 30 years and has dedicated his career to protecting his clients’ rights.
Start with a free consultation today by calling Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Gabriel of The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel at (561) 475-5952. You can also complete an online contact form to learn more.