What Steps Should I Take After Being Falsely Accused in FL?

Our firm understands the stress involved in being falsely accused of a crime. If you are in this unfortunate situation, read on and give our firm a call today to discuss the details of your case and your options. Our skilled Escambia County criminal defense lawyer is on your side.

What should I do if I was falsely accused of a crime in Florida?

  • Recognize the gravity of the accusations. You will want to understand the seriousness of the offenses and the potential fines that you may face as a result. Even though are know you are innocent, you cannot suppose that the police, prosecutor, judge, or jury will see the case the same way you do. If you are serious about the charges from the start, you can make decisions and take steps that will improve the likelihood of a promising outcome.
  • Identify the cost of defense. Constructing a strong defense to the charges can be expensive in regards to the attorney fees, investigation costs, and expert witness fees that you may need to pay. Even though it can seem unfair to have to spend money to defend against false charges, you need to do everything you can to prepare a strong case—your future is in jeopardy.
  • Interfere before charges. One of the benefits of retaining the services of a lawyer while you are a suspect is that he may be able to take proactive measures that could result in never being charged with a crime. In some circumstances, he or she may be able to examine your case with the police or prosecutor and supply information that convinces them that they have the wrong individual.
  • Take no action. Sometimes, your attorney may decide that the more promising strategy is to do nothing and see if the prosecutor even produces the needed proof to charge you with the crime. A witness could refuse his testimony or test results could help your innocence, with the result being that no charges are filed against you.
  • Gather any physical evidence and documents. If there is any physical evidence, for example, clothing, photographs, or other objects that could help in your defense, you want to compile them right away and give them to your attorney. Collect any documentation that may help you, such as correspondence, emails, receipts, GPS data, or other information to prove where you were when the crime occurred.
  • Acquire witness contact information. You will want to make a list of potential witnesses who can provide helpful information about the incident, accusations, and the victim to supply your attorney.


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