Facing accusations of a crime can be overwhelming, and if these accusations lead to formal charges, you could find your situation impacts every area of your life. This can be especially daunting if you know that these accusations are false and that you did not commit a crime despite what others say. At this point, how can you keep your circumstances from spiraling out of control and having a negative impact on the rest of your life?
You will benefit from knowing more about your rights and how you can protect yourself if questioned by Minnesota police, taken into custody or formally charged. The criminal justice system is complex, even for the innocent, and you will find it critical to know how to shield your interests at every step. Your future is at stake, and your words and actions matter.
Watch what you say
You know that when police take you into custody and question you that anything you say could possibly be used against you by the prosecution. Even if you are innocent and believe that you have the information necessary to prove it, it is in your interests to refrain from saying anything until you have legal representation. You will also want to avoid discussing your case with others, even those in your family, because the prosecution could subpoena these individuals later, and their statements could also be used against you.
Should you sue?
False accusations are not only a legal nightmare and a major inconvenience in your life, but they also have the potential to damage your reputation, career and future opportunities. Depending on the details of your individual situation, you may have grounds for a lawsuit for defamation. A successful lawsuit may provide you the opportunity to recoup losses for legal fees, lost career opportunities, mental strain, emotional duress and more. You will need valid proof that statements made against you caused you harm.
Protecting your future
Even false accusations or unfounded criminal charges have the potential to derail your life and negatively impact your future. You may know you are innocent, but it is in your interests to act immediately to protect yourself by fighting back. You may find it beneficial to start with an evaluation of your case in order to know the specific legal options available to you.