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When Will You Get a Chance to Talk if You’re Charged With a Federal Crime?

July 23, 2020

When Will You Get a Chance to Talk if You’re Charged With a Federal Crime?

Defendants often feel like the federal prosecutor is taking things out of context and weaving together details to tell a story that is not true. If you are involved in a federal criminal case and have to listen to the opposition talk about their side of the story, you will probably get frustrated by what they have to say. You will wonder when you will have an opportunity to tell your side of the story and convince the judge that the prosecutor’s account of what happened is untrue. Since a federal criminal case is complex and not a natural environment that welcomes open communication, you will need legal assistance from an experienced federal defense lawyer to determine when the best time is for you to speak. You want to ensure the truth is heard, but not at the risk of jail time or other punishment.

When you choose to work with our legal defense team, you can rest assured knowing that your legal representation knows what it takes to achieve a favorable result. We will walk you through every step of your federal criminal case and make sure you get a chance to talk. Don’t wait any longer; contact us now if you are facing criminal accusations. We are always available to provide a free initial case consultation and guidance on how to proceed in your case.

Hiring an Attorney to Handle Your Federal Criminal Case

The first person you should talk to if you are facing federal criminal charges is a knowledgeable lawyer. It is significant to find a legal representation that works perfectly with your case. The more time your defense attorney has with you, the better he can develop a strategic defense. When searching for a lawyer, you should look for someone who has extensive experience working on federal cases similar to your own. Although every case is different, it is extremely beneficial to work with a lawyer who is familiar with the laws surrounding your criminal case. You should request to see their track record and let their proven results testify to their capability and skill level. After you find a federal lawyer that is knowledgeable and has been successful in similar cases, you should schedule a meeting. If you talk about the details of your federal case face-to-face with your defense lawyer, it will help you gauge if you will be comfortable working together throughout the course of your case. Get to work and defend your freedom as soon as you have found the right attorney.

Beating Federal Criminal Charges  

To be successful in your federal criminal case, you should clearly communicate your side of the story and convince the judge or jury that you are innocent. Talking to your lawyer is the first step. The lawyer can come up with the most effective approach to your defense if you will tell him or her every detail of your criminal case. After hearing your side of the story, your lawyer will help you decide if you should talk or plead the fifth. The Fifth Amendment gives you the legal right to remain silent. What you have to say matters—whether you share your story in court or just with your defense lawyer. Reach out to our legal defense team if you are looking for a lawyer who will listen and value what you have to say. We take importance in your future and will devote the necessary time and energy to make sure you are on track to obtaining the best available conclusion.

With ample experience working in criminal defense, our legal team is willing to step in at any stage of your case to fight for you. We will prudently review the details of your distinct case, listen to your side of the story, and develop a comprehensive approach to your defense. We believe in putting the power back in your hands. Thus, we will do everything we can to empower you towards making wise decisions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help fighting back against criminal charges or want sound legal advice as you navigate the investigative stage of your federal case. The sooner you get in contact with our skilled defense team, the better your chances are at achieving your desired result.

If you’re under criminal investigation, it can be tempting to want to argue your innocence to law enforcement. Law enforcement may ask to meet with you to tell your side of the story. They might make promises that speaking to law enforcement can clear everything up. In most cases, it’s not a good idea to talk to law enforcement.

You might wonder when you get a chance to talk. When do you get a chance to talk when you’re charged with a criminal offense? Here’s what you need to know about talking when you’re facing criminal charges in New York.

Your right to refuse to incriminate yourself

When the police arrest you, they inform you that you have the right to remain silent. You should take your constitutional right to refuse to speak seriously. When you speak to law enforcement, they can use your statements against you. They can repeat what you say to the judge and to the jury. The wrong statement can be what the jury accepts when they make a decision against you.

If the police ask to interview you, they don’t always tell you the truth about the circumstances of the investigation. They might tell you that you’re not under investigation when you actually are under investigation. They might tell you that they just have some questions. It’s important to remember that if the police ask to talk to you, they have an objective. You may not know the charges you’re under investigation for.

Police are trained interrogators, and their tactics can be confusing. In addition, not all police interviews are recorded. The police might misinterpret what you say. Even when the police record your interview, the interview itself may not show the circumstances that are going on before and after the interview. Even when you’re arrested, it’s not a good idea to speak to the police. The police are not going to change their minds about your arrest based on anything that you say. When the police are investigating a crime and when they make an arrest, it’s not the time to talk. It’s important to wait for the appropriate time to speak.

Your right to refuse to incriminate yourself at your arraignment

It’s also wise not to speak about the case at your arraignment. The judge doesn’t decide your guilt or innocence at your arraignment. The judge is only concerned with ensuring that you understand the charges against you and taking care of preliminary matters like setting the appropriate amount for your bail. The only way the judge can dismiss the charges against you is for errors in the charging documents or other errors that have nothing to do with the merits of the charges. Your best bet is to stay silent on issues that relate to your guilt or innocence at your arraignment.

When you speak to other people

What you say to other people is admissible at your trial. If you make admissions to a friend, enemy, coworker or cellmate, the person can come to court to tell the court what you say. There’s no guarantee that the person is going to remember your statement properly or include all of the nuances that make it a fair recital of what you actually said. Your best bet is not to speak about the case to other people because what you say can become a part of your trial.

When will you get a chance to talk in your own defense?

Your time to talk in your criminal case is at trial. If your case proceeds to trial, you have the right to testify on your own behalf. Your attorney can ask you questions and you have the opportunity to tell your story to the jury. Waiting for your trial is very important. If you speak before your court hearing, the state’s attorney may try to claim that your statements are inconsistent. The best time to talk is when your case goes to trial.

Your attorney may speak on your behalf

If there are matters that you need to address before trial with the state’s attorney, your attorney can handle the issues for you. There may be ways for your attorney to advocate on your behalf. The best plan is to wait to speak until the appropriate time to talk. Your attorney can help you determine when and how to tell your story and defend your case.



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