Being accused of a felony is a very serious matter. If you are convicted, you could face heavy fines, probation, loss of your driver’s license, and jail time. Furthermore, a criminal record could follow you for the rest of your life and make it difficult to find future employment. Since the repercussions of a felony conviction are so grave, knowing your rights, how to conduct yourself and the best steps you can take moving forward is crucial.
The most important thing to do if you have been accused of a felony is contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in your area. Here are some other recommendations for what to do if you’re arrested or accused of a felony:
- Remain calm. Even if you feel you are being wrongfully arrested, it’s important to remain calm and be polite to the officers. If you resist the arrest, you risk additional charges or appearing guilty later in court.
- Know what you have been accused of. There is a big difference between the punishments for a misdemeanor versus a felony. It’s important you understand the nature of the charges you’re facing, and the potential punishments associated with them.
- Do NOT post bail without speaking to an attorney. Posting bail before speaking with an attorney is a bad idea for a number of reasons. First, it can be more expensive, since having an attorney can reduce the bondsman fee by 2%. Secondly, an attorney can review your case and tell you if they think your case will be dropped at the arraignment or if your bail bond will be adjusted.
- Understand your right to remain silent. Officers must read your Miranda rights when you are arrested. This includes your right to remain silent so as not to incriminate yourself, and your right to an attorney. Know and take advantage of your rights.
- Be honest with your attorney. Lying to your lawyer will complicate your case and there is no reason to do so since conversations with your attorney are confidential and protected. Tell your attorney the truth so that they can prepare your best defense.
- Attend all court proceedings. Your attorney can help you make a calendar to make sure you are present when you need to be
Contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney
If you or a loved one is being accused of a felony, having a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side is key. At the Law Offices of John Anderson in Brighton, Colorado we have years of experience fighting for the rights of our clients. Call us today at (303) 880-7994 or reach out to us online for a consultation.