Being accused of a crime can put you in a very awkward situation. Once you know you are under investigation for a crime, it is important to understand that anything you do will potentially impact the direction and outcome of your case.
If you are under criminal investigation in Texas, it is important that you avoid costly mistakes that can jeopardize your case. Here are costly missteps that you need to avoid while under investigation for a crime.
Talking too much
As part of the investigation process, the police might want to search your property for possible evidence. You need to understand that the law protects you from unreasonable search and seizure. If the police come around to search your property, be sure to find out if they have a warrant. Also, be sure to have your legal counsel around during the search.
Most importantly, understand and exercise your Miranda rights. If you have to talk to the police, do so in the presence of your legal counsel. Do not make the mistake of talking to the police alone. Worse still, do not assume that your charges will somehow be dropped if you “cooperate” with the police. Always remember that what you say can, and might, be used against you in court. Do not say or do anything that can incriminate you.
Resisting a lawful arrest
You may not be legally obliged to talk to the police. But that does not mean that you can act however you want when the police come after you. Yelling, resisting an arrest or getting into a physical altercation with the police will only work against you. You might end up facing additional charges, or worse still, the police might have to use “reasonable” force to restrain you. And you might end up getting hurt in the process.
If you are under criminal investigation, it is in your best interest that you understand the seriousness of the situation. Knowing your legal options can help you safeguard your rights and interests while fighting a criminal charge.